Catholic Churches

Beyond the University of Notre Dame campus, there are many other Catholic churches at which faculty choose to worship; only a representative few of these are listed below. For more information on the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, including a map and listing of St. Joseph County parishes, click here.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Basilica of the Sacred Heart – constructed in the late 1800s, the Basilica is located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, adjacent to the golden-domed Main Building; it offers daily masses, Sunday vespers, Stations of the Cross for Lent, and celebrations when the university is in session, as well as a daily rosary at the nearby Grotto and performances of sacred organ and vocal music

St. Augustine – an interracial Catholic church on South Bend’s west side (574/234-7082)

St. Adalbert – on South Bend’s west side; conducts mass in English, Polish, and Spanish and is attended by many hispanic families; the St. Adalbert School enrolls children in preschool through 8th grade

St. Pius X – a very traditional Catholic church located in Granger; it operates a parish school serving students in preschool through 7th grade

St. Joseph – founded in 1853 by Holy Cross priest Edward Sorin, C.S.C., also the founder of the University of Notre Dame, this church has a strong Notre Dame connection; it also operates the St. Joseph Grade School, which educates more than 450 children each year

Little Flower – located on Ironwood Drive a short distance from Notre Dame, the church attracts a liberal Catholic congregation


Other Christian Denominations (selected)

Trinity Free Evangelical Church – an evangelical church located on Miami Road on South Bend’s far south side

Granger Community Church – a non-denominational megachurch located in Granger that offers a casual atmosphere with popular music, quality media, an amazing children’s center, a bookstore, and a wi-fi cafe

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church – one of a number of Baptist churches in the South Bend area, established in 1836; an inclusive congregation which affirms the ministries of all the people of God under one household of faith; runs the Bright Horizons preschool program

New Life Community Church – an Assembly of God congregation on Cleveland Road north of campus

First Presbyterian Church South Bend – founded in 1834 and currently located on Colfax Avenue in downtown South Bend in a beautiful building built in the Georgian Colonial architectural style; an active church that owns the Redbud Trail Retreat Center, where youth and family camp programs are held

The Cathedral of St. James – an episcopal church in downtown South Bend; it is an urban parish ministering to the downtown community, a place of pilgrimmage and prayer and the center of liturgical life for the Anglican Diocese of Northern Indiana

Faith Apostolic Ministries – a 1200-seat temple located on South Bend’s west side; a dynamic ministry with a congregation of men and women of diverse ages, races, economic, and social backgrounds; offers many services including a child care ministry and single women’s network

Pentecostal Cathedral Church of God in Christ (COGIC) – an African-American Pentecostal Church on Western Avenue on South Bend’s west side, first organized in 1972 by the first black president of the South Bend NAACP chapter, who still remains the supintendent of the church

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church – first organized in 1835, a church in Mishawaka with an active parish life; the church building is considered to be one of the best examples of Collegiate Gothic architecture in the Midwest, and contains one of two carillons in the Michiana area; Clay Church is a new United Methodist congregation on the north side of South Bend; it offers preschool and kindergarten programs, singles groups, and women’s ministries; these two are only a few of the many Methodist churches in the greater South Bend area

First Brethren Church of South Bend – first established in 1886, currently located on South Ironwood Drive south of campus; offers two different styles of Sunday worship, a praise service and a traditional service, and two women’s ministries

Kern Road Mennonite Church on the side of South Bend includes members from throughout Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan; additionally, the nearby community of Goshen, Indiana (about a 45 minute drive from Notre Dame), home to Goshen College, offers a number of Mennonite congregations from which to choose

Unity Church of Peace – a trans-denominational Christian church teaching spiritual principles that apply to everyday living; located on Colfax Avenue south of campus; offers nursery and pre-school programs

Southside Christian Church – a liberal church on the south side of South Bend; it provides an atmosphere that encourages spiritual worship and growth in an inclusive, affirming setting; the community is receptive to the needs of individuals, our community, and the environment

Zion United Church

Zion United Church of Christ South Bend – an open and affirming, just peace church of around 150 members and friends founded by German immigrants in 1888; located in a gorgeous building on East Wayne Street near Howard Park; Sunday services feature traditional hymns to the music of a pipe organ and piano

South Bend Friends’ Meeting – a diverse group of area individuals and families who meet weekly for silent Quaker worship at a South Bend youth center

The South Bend Christian Reformed Church – a congregation in the Calvinist doctrinal tradition, located on North Hickory Road a 10-minute drive from the Notre Dame campus

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church – an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation in South Bend, with “high church” liturgy and worship practices; other recommended Lutheran churches in the vicinity of Notre Dame are Christ the King, which includes many young families and has an active parish life; and Hilltop Lutheran Church of the Ascension, a smaller congregation on South Ironwood Drive (no website; telephone 574/291-4717)

South Bend Seventh-Day Adventist Church – South Bend’s main Adventist church, with approximately 500 members, located on the south side of the city; other recommended churches in the area are the family-friendly Niles Westside Church, also with approximately 500 members, and the Berrien Springs Pioneer Memorial Church, located at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, about a 40-minute drive from Notre Dame

Serbian Orthodox Church

Saints Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church – founded in 1911, one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox churches in the U.S.; located on the south side of South Bend

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church – a Greek Orthodox parish under the auspices of the Diocese of Chicago; offers bilingual services in Greek and English; located on North Ironwood Drive, a 10-minute drive north of Notre Dame

Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church – a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, located in Goshen, Indiana about a 45-minute drive from Notre Dame; services are conducted in a combination of English and Church Slavonic

The closest meetinghouses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are located in Niles, Michigan and at the South Bend Stake Center in Mishawaka, where the Mishawaka and South Bend wards both meet

First Church of Christ, Scientist – located on Ironwood Drive a 5-minute drive from the Notre Dame campus; there is also a Christian Science reading room on Michigan Street in downtown South Bend


Non-Christian Religions

First Unitarian Church – a Unitarian iversalist congregation located on North Shore Drive on the south side of the Notre Dame campus; it encourages every individual to discover his or her own religious truth and embraces all members, regardless of creed, race, culture, age, sexual orientation, or ability; a women’s spirituality group gathers monthly

Temple Beth-El

Temple Beth-El – a Reform Jewish congregation in downtown South Bend, established in 1905; it offers diverse programs that bring the meaning of Judaism to its members and to the community at large

Sinai Synagogue – an egalitarian and traditional Conservative synagogue located a 10-minute drive south from the Notre Dame campus, with a commitment to daily minyan and a focus on Shabbat worship; a vibrant and active congregation of approximately 200 families

Hebrew Orthodox Congregation – an Orthodox Jewish worship community on High Street on the south side of South Bend, established in 1887; the congregation also runs a Hebrew Day School in Mishawaka and the Rabbi Naftali Riff Yeshiva in South Bend

Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley – located on a 27-acre campus off McKinley Avenue in South Bend, the Jewish Federation coordinates fund raising, community programming, services, and educational activities for more than 2000 Jewish people in the Michiana area

Islamic Society of Michiana

Islamic Society of Michiana – the principal mosque for the Michiana area, located a 10-minute drive east from the Notre Dame campus; it offers educational, social and cultural services to the Muslim community according to Islamic teachings and principles; also actively involved in promoting understanding towards Islam and Islamic teachings to area non-Muslims

The Michiana Baha’i Center – located across from Adams High School in South Bend; serves the greater South Bend area

South Bend Dharma Center – meets on Monday evenings at a location in Granger, Indiana to practice sitting and walking meditation in the Buddhist tradition; Zen meditation also takes place at Notre Dame on Thursday evenings in the Coleman-Morse building

Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago – this is the closest Hindu temple to South Bend, located in Lermont, Illinois, approximately 25 miles southwest of Chicago; a slightly farther distance away is the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, located in Indianapolis

Sikh Religious Society of Indiana – located in Crown Point, Indiana, about a 90-minute drive southwest of Notre Dame, offers weekend prayers and services

Sacred Waters – located on Douglas road a short drive from Notre Dame; Sacred Waters provides a place where people can go to share their knowledge and experiences as they travel on their spiritual journeys to God; offers classes on topics such as meditation, prayer, Native American spirituality, Vedanta philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, St. John’s Gospel, the Feminine Face of God, and others


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