Geddes Hall Donors

Michael and Sheila Geddes, and Thomas and Mary Cabot donated $14 million to build Geddes Hall. Gifts from many other generous benefactors helped complete and equip many of the public spaces inside the building.

Geddes Hall History

Geddes Hall was the first completed structure designed for compliance with official “green building” certification standards. Opened in 2009, this is the home of the Center for Social Concerns, Institute for Church Life, and Notre Dame’s other prominent initiatives and programs serving the Church and embodying Catholic social tradition locally and globally.

The Center's ability to achieve its mission is facilitated immeasurably by the building in which the Center is housed, the working space which it provides, and the variety of equipment at its disposal.

The Center attempts to reflect a spirit of generosity and hospitality by sharing many of its material resources with its constituents, symbolic of the collaborative manner in which the Center aims to realize its mission. The coffee house and kitchen facilities in Geddes Hall are offered to local non-profit groups to prepare and serve fund-raising luncheons and dinners. The coffee house is also a place to relax, socialize, and discuss issues and programs.


LEED Features


Many elements from the Arts and Crafts movement and Mission style are used throughout the building to convey simplicity, warmth, and welcome to students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. 


The Scripture passage "God is Love" (1 Jn. 4.16) inscribed over the main entryway provides a vision that binds all the programming of Geddes Hall together: the ministry of the Word, the ministry of the sacraments, and the ministry of service. Proclaiming the Word, the Church proclaims the love of God. Celebrating the sacraments, the Church is formed in the love of God. Serving the poor and others in need, the Church lives out the love of God.

Current Occupants

Center for Social Concerns
McGrath Institute for Church Life (and affiliated centers and programs)
Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Center for Ethics and Culture
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Higgins Labor Studies Program
Jacques Maritain Center
John J. Reilly Center
Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

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Upcoming Events

February 2019

Postgraduate Service Organization Campus Visit: Precious Blood Volunteers
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Pizza, Pop, & Politics: Politics of Sport
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
Postgraduate Service Organization Campus Visit: L'Arche Seattle
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Show Some Skin: Drop the Wall
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Workshop: Ethics, Community Engagement, and Higher Education
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
2019 Human Development Conference
Friday, February 22, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, February 23, 2019 (All day)
Labor Café
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2019

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Information Session: McNeill Leadership Fellows Program
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Pizza, Pop, & Politics: Politics of Place
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

June 2019

Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)