Graduate School History


Spreading the Light of Truth Since 1969.

In 1969, the Sisters of Notre Dame in Chardon, Ohio, and Msgr. Eugene Kevane, then Dean of the School of Education at the Catholic University of America, founded the Notre Dame Institute in Middleburg, Virginia. Originally, its purpose was to train religious sisters from various communities to teach Catholic doctrine to other teachers.

In 1971, John Cardinal Wright, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, established the Notre Dame Institute as an official catechetical institute recognized and authorized by the Holy See. In 1982, the Bishop of Arlington entrusted the Institute with the educational training and pastoral formation of candidates for the permanent diaconate.

In June 1994, the Institute relocated to its present facility in Alexandria, Virginia. Upon the recommendation of the Boards of both the Notre Dame Institute and Christendom College, the two institutions merged on February 1, 1997. The Notre Dame Institute became the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.