Rector: Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.
Fr. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross priest originally from Marion, Indiana. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a degree in Accounting and again in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. During his time as an undergraduate and during a year of post-graduate service, Fr. Matt discerned a call to religious life and priesthood. He is passionate about poverty ministry and educational work among young adults. He has a particular interest in the Church and history of Latin America. Upon the profession of his perpetual vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2011, Fr. Matt began an assignment as Director of Postulant Seminarians and as Vocation Director for his religious community in Monterrey, Mexico. In his "free time," Fr. Matt served at Nuestra Madre Santísima de La Luz parish in an urban working class neighborhood. Additionally, Fr. Matt has worked abroad in a number of contexts including in India, Honduras and Spain.
Fr. Matt lived in St. Edward's Hall for four years as an undergraduate where he served as hall president and as an RA. Fr. Matt returned to St. Ed's as a priest in-residence before serving as the rector of Carroll Hall. In addition to his current role as the rector of Dunne Hall, Fr. Matt teaches a Business Ethics course for sophomores and a theology course on Latino Catholicism in the United States. He also works in the Office of Vocations for the Congregation of Holy Cross, directing discernment and recruiting efforts on campus at Notre Dame.
While he enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing sports, Fr. Matt is a terrible singer and ends every day begging God to send him residents with musical talent for the Dunne chapel choir.
Assistant Rector: Chris Brennan
Men of Dunne,
My name is Chris Brennan. I will be one of the Assistant Rectors in Dunne Hall this year and I hope that you are as excited about it as I am! I am a Holy Cross religious (if you don't know what that means or want to be one click here!) and currently in my last year of theology studies for the priesthood. I am from South Bend and have spent most of my life in South Bend, IN, traveled to many places around this great nation of ours and the world, and I am convinced that the greater Michiana area is the best the world has to offer! I am sure that those of you who have lived here for at least one semester are in total agreement, and the first year men will soon learn of the glories of South Bend. Don’t let the haters convince you otherwise!
I went to Notre Dame as an undergraduate, majored in philosophy and theology, and graduated in 2012. After graduation, I made my novitiate (basically a year-long retreat with a lot of silence, manual labor, no cell phone up in the mountains) in Colorado Springs, CO. In August of 2013, I professed my first vows for the Congregation of Holy Cross. Since then, I have been studying here at Notre Dame. The past two summers, I have had the privilege to spend time at our missions in Bangladesh and Uganda. This summer, I will be taking a class in Jerusalem for a few weeks with Fr. Kevin Grove, CSC. When I return, I will be living at the Catholic Worker house in town. My hope is to continue to visit this next semester so if anybody is interested in joining me at the Worker let me know!
I have three older brothers, (one who will be priest in June), two nieces (and one on the way) and one nephew. Basically, between my home and seminary—with the exception of my mom—I have lived with only men all of my life. So next year will not be much of an adjustment for me. I love to cook, play cards and board games, watch movies and good TV shows (like the Walking Dead and the Americans), preach (both from the pulpit and my own personal soapbox), and can even be convinced into the occasional basketball game.
Hope you all are looking forward to this year because I am!
Chris Brennan, CSC
Assistant Rector: Tony Oleck
Hello men of Dunne!
My name is Tony Oleck. I'm a proud native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, but have lived in sunny South Bend since 2010. I graduated from Notre Dame in 2014 with a degree in history, theology, and philosophy, and again in 2016 with a Master of Theological Studies. I'm especially interested in the history of 19th and 20th-century U.S. Catholicism, the Congregation of Holy Cross, and the development of Catholic higher education.
As an undergraduate, I spent three years in Old College, where I lived and discerned with other young men thinking about the priesthood. This was a pivotal experience for me, as it was here that I ultimately discerned the call to marriage, family, and theology. I hope to bring some of this experience in vocational discernment to our life together in Dunne!
I am coming to Dunne from my home all the way across campus in Fisher Hall, where I've served as Assistant Rector the past two years. I am very excited to be joining Dunne's hall staff as a full-time AR, and to bring my own background, perspective and experiences to the team.
I have an older brother and sister, both married and living in Grand Rapids with their families. I am also engaged to a wonderful girl named Marcy, who you'll all get a chance to meet this year (if you're lucky, maybe she'll even bake for you!). She is finishing law school in Minneapolis before our wedding in August 2017. As for interests, I have many! I like good coffee, cigars, super hero movies, and biking. I also love to read and play basketball and guitar. Some of my favorite TV shows are the Office, Parks & Rec, and the Walking Dead.
I look forward to welcoming you all to TNMH this August, and to share life together this year. See you soon!
Anthony J. Oleck
University of Notre Dame '14, MTS '16
1N RA: Luis Lazalde
Hey there future Dunne Men! My name is Luis Lazalde and I am a Senior from El Paso, Texas studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biomolecular Engineering. Notre Dame has given me the opportunity to dive into my greatest passion, which is to help others. I have been able to do this not only by working as an RA in Dunne, but also as a Spring Visit recruitment coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as a Peer Mentor in the College of Engineering, as a leader on the Latino Freshmen Retreat, and through many other opportunities through MSPS, Campus Ministry, and others. In my time here I’ve also had the chance to study abroad in Rome, Italy for a summer, and conduct cancer research. If you have any questions about STEM, spirituality, Star Wars, or anything else at Notre Dame, I’ll be happy to answer. I can’t wait to meet you soon!
2N RA: Grant Humphreys
My Future Brothers,
My name is Grant Humphreys and I hail from the great state of Alaska. I love hiking and camping and can be found stringing up my hammock on campus when the weather is decent. On the other hand, I am also an avid gamer and a movie buff. My major is civil engineering with a concentration in hydraulics. In my free time at ND, I like going to sports events (mainly hockey, football, and basketball), listening to guest speakers, and walking around campus with friends. I am a connoisseur of both good jokes and bad puns even though I not believe in the latter. So if you are ever in need of a walk or a laugh, hit me up on the second floor. I look forward to meeting you all next year as we start what will be the greatest men’s hall on campus.
2S RA: Ian Tembe
Hello, men of Dunne Hall! I am Ian Tembe, a chemical engineering and philosophy major coming to you from Virginia Beach, VA via Fisher Hall. I am an NROTC midshipman, and I hope to become a naval aviator after graduation. I am passionate about music (listening, playing, writing), so always feel free to come by my room if you want to lay down some phresh jams. I am also intimately involved in many different student groups around campus, ranging from musical to cultural, political, academic, and professional, so if you’re ever wondering what’s going on around campus or how to get involved, feel free to stop by. Finally, I’m the co-head editor of a book you will get to know well in your Moreau First Year Experience course, A Letter to My Freshman Self, so feel free to come talk about that as well. I can’t wait to welcome you into our new home, the best dorm on campus!
3N RA: Tom Nye
My name is Tom Nye, I'm from the South Side of Chicago and I am going to be a fifth year in the School of Architecture. I am currently an RA in Alumni Hall, but I am excited to join this new community! I spent my whole junior year studying abroad in Rome and conducted preservation research on the Taj Mahal in India that summer. Before coming back to South Bend, I interned in Paris. This year, I've been involved in Dawg Mass and intramural sports. I'll be interning this summer in New York. I look forward to meeting all of you and building a great community together!
3S RA: Michael Romano
Hey boys, my name is Michael Romano and I cannot wait to be one of the first RA's in this incredible new dorm. I am originally from the the northern suburbs of Chicago (go Cubs), but Notre Dame has been a second home for me since birth. Being the 26th member of my extended family to go to school in South Bend, its safe to say I have been brainwashed to end up here since birth. I come from a big Italian family so I apologize in advance if all I ever talk about is food or my brothers. I am a finance major here at Notre Dame who is thinking about possibly applying to law school (aka I still have no clue what I am doing after I graduate). Other than the basics, here are some facts you should know about me: I am a complete Momma's boy, I make a mean waffle, I'm a huge fan of Wiffle Ball, Nick Miller is my hero, if you need RedBull I have the hookup, I own way too many Chubbies and I have perfected the art of the nap. I can’t wait to meet all of you next semester and I am looking forward to building a new community together. My door will always be open and always feel free to reach out to me for anything. God Bless and Go Irish.
4N RA: Andrew Eisenreich
Hi friends, my name is Andrew Eisenreich, and I am a rising senior originally hailing from St. Cloud, Minnesota, the acclaimed birthplace of Marshall from HIMYM. I come from a family of athletes and have a sister who is currently playing college softball in South Dakota. My hobbies include listening to The Chainsmokers remixes, attending random lectures on campus, living in the shadow of my sister, and being perennially let down by MN sports teams. Other than that, I love being outside and will always welcome a pickup game of soccer, an afternoon 18 on the links, or an early morning ski across a lake or down a hill.
At ND I am studying Science-Business with a minor in Catholic Social Tradition and have hopes of attending medical school one day. At the moment, I am seriously rethinking my decision to return to campus after spending a surreal semester studying abroad in Perth, Australia. On campus, I have been involved with the STEM Ambassador Program, the Pre-Professional Society, and the Keenan Revue, the former best signature event from the former best hall on campus. I have also heavily been involved with service work on campus through the Center for Social Concerns, having done both an Urban Plunge and an SSLP (summer service learning program). This summer, I am fortunate enough to be doing service work in Uganda through the ISSLP program. Looking forward to a great year in Dunne Hall!
Priest in Residence: Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C.
Fr. Kevin loves the outdoors, mountain sports, farming, literature, and the occasional opportunity to do some woodworking. On account of these loves and his upbringing, he confesses he is probably the worst video game player in the world. Nevertheless, as a new resident of Dunne Hall, Fr. Kevin is excited to participate directly in the Holy Cross residential model. He looks forward, both pastorally and academically, to supporting and serving the Dunne Hall community.Fr. Kevin Grove, CSC, born and raised on a family farm and ranch outside of Hobson, Montana, was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2010. Fr. Kevin’s undergraduate was at Seattle University, where he earned degrees in History, Philosophy, and English Literature. Upon graduation in 2004, he joined Holy Cross and entered formation at Moreau Seminary, completing his M.Div. at Notre Dame in 2009. Fr. Kevin spent his deacon year at St. Joseph Parish, South Bend and his first year as a priest at Christ the King Parish, South Bend. He then took up doctoral studies in 2011 in philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge, England on memory in St. Augustine. His secondary research is on the theology of Basil Moreau and Holy Cross spirituality. While in Cambridge, Fr. Kevin was a member of Trinity College, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and the assistant Roman Catholic chaplain to the university community—undergrad, grad, and faculty. After a post-doc at L’Institut Catholique of Paris, France, Fr. Kevin returned to Notre Dame in 2015 as a faculty research fellow in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS). In fall 2016, he joins the Notre Dame Theology department as an assistant professor.
Faculty in Residence: Drs. John and Karen Deak
John Deak, PhD, is the Karl E. Koch Associate Professor of History. He received his PhD in History in 2009 from the University of Chicago, and a BA in History in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches Modern European History at Notre Dame and his research focuses on the History of the Habsburg Empire (Austria-Hungary) before the First World War. He is currently writing a book (his second) on the collapse of the Habsburg Empire in the First World War. He speaks German and he maintains an interest in learning other continental European languages. Currently, he is struggling with Polish. When he stops working, John likes to play soccer (whether on the field or on his XBOX One).
Karen Deak, PhD, is a Commercialization Specialist in Notre Dame’s Office of Research; and a Concurrent Professor in the Law School, where she is the Director of the online Certificate in Patent Prosecution. She received her PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago in 2008, and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Karen worked in the St. Louis office of an AmLaw100 law firm, helping clients patent their inventions. Karen enjoys anything outdoors, especially paddle boarding; and more broadly, standing on wobbly things.
The Deak household includes two additional, and important, members: Hektor and Tawny (both elderly hounds of indeterminate parentage). Hektor and Tawny are both graduates of PAWS Chicago’s Pet Dog 101 and 201 courses, and distinguished themselves as dogs-in-residence at the University of Chicago during three years of service. Hektor and Tawny enjoy naps, and chasing squirrels and bunnies, which we hope they will never catch.
The Deaks look forward to helping pioneer the Faculty-in-Residence program at Notre Dame – they both enjoy spending time with students in and out of the classroom. John’s great hope is that the men of Dunne Hall can join him to play FIFA or the Division. His gamertag is jdeak2. Karen is looking forward to finding a few lacrosse throwing partners to get her skills back in shape.