Julia Lewis provided funding for Lewis Hall’s construction in 1965, dedicating it in honor of her husband, Frank Lewis, a Chicago philanthropist. Lewis Hall served as a residence for Sisters pursuing graduate degrees before the University became co-ed in 1972. Notable past residents include Anne Thompson '79 (NBC news reporter).
Every Spring the women of Lewis celebrate with one of Notre Dame’s most distinct dances, the “Lewis Crush.” In this dance, guests are invited anonymously through an ad in the Notre Dame student newspaper The Observer. Guests find out who invited them officially at the Lewis BBQ held the night before the dance.
Rachelle comes to Notre Dame from Sedalia, Missouri. She originally grew up on a beautiful 60 acres with a large extended family. She left her small town home to attend Rockhurst University in Kansas City where she was an RA, played softball, and was a theater minor. Ready to be immersed in another culture, she moved to Ashland, Montana, as a Jesuit Volunteer to be a House Parent on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservation for a year. Wanting to continue to learn and serve, Rachelle headed to Villanova University where she got her Master’s in Counseling and lived in the freshmen residence halls as a Campus Ministry Intern. Upon graduation she felt the itch to move back to the Midwest, so she went to St Louis to live with friends in the Tower Grove neighborhood. She worked for the St. Louis Arc running a summer program for teenagers with developmental disabilities and planned activities for a Respite camp.
Missing working with college students, Rachelle transitioned into Campus Ministry at the Catholic Newman Center at University of Missouri-St Louis, where she organized all social, spiritual, and social justice activities for three years. Having a deep desire to serve students to the best of her ability, Rachelle had the opportunity to go to Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) for her Masters of Divinity. Over the past three years, her experiences -- inside the classroom, continuing to work in Campus Ministry, and contributing to the STM community-- have continued to strengthen her desire to love and understand others. Rachelle enjoys nature, the arts, and spending time with friends. She is deeply excited to be back in the Midwest!
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|Chapel||Saint Theresa of Avila|
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