Dennis Brown | April 20, 2020
For 65 years, Rev. Ernest J. Bartell, C.S.C., served the University of Notre Dame, the Congregation of Holy Cross and the nation as a priest, professor, college president, trustee, consultant and more. He died at age 88 on Thursday, April 16, at Holy Cross House, the congregation’s retirement facility across the lake from his alma mater.
“Father Bartell served Notre Dame and the Congregation in many ways for decades,” University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “We will miss his discerning leadership and his many contributions as a Holy Cross priest, faculty member, Trustee and administrator. May God rest his soul.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Father Bartell earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Notre Dame in 1953. He continued his studies at the University Chicago and Holy Cross College (the congregation’s former theological seminary in Washington, D.C.), earning master’s degrees in economics and theology, respectively.
Father Bartell was received into the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame’s founding religious community, in 1955 and was ordained a priest in 1961. Soon thereafter he began work toward a doctorate in economics at Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1966.
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