Laurie Svatek

Laurie Svatek
Residence Hall
Pasquerilla West Hall

“Students are what initially drew me to ministry and higher education, and while I enjoy the diversity of the various roles I’ve held over the years, the intersections of time with students are the times that ground me in ministry. Students were the thing that called me to ministry and higher ed and I’m thrilled to be returning to a student-focused ministry.”


A Wisconsinite at heart, Laurie comes to Notre Dame after having served in higher education and university ministry for more than 15 years. Most recently, Laurie served as the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN where, in addition to administrative responsibilities, Laurie regularly mentored student leaders and supported student faith-based student organizations on campus. Her passions for travel and working toward a more just world have led her to develop student immersion trips and academic travel courses, providing students with experiential and transformational learning opportunities. Laurie is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies; and where she grew in knowledge and understanding of her own Catholic faith and also a greater appreciation for the diverse faith traditions of others.