A Letter from Jo Cecilio, Rector of Cavanaugh Hall

Hello, Class of 2025!

Greetings from the halls of Cavanaugh, a 200+ women’s hall in the North Quad of the University of Notre Dame. Congratulations on your admission to the University! 

My name is Jo Cecilio and I am one of the 33 rectors who will be here to greet you the day you finally arrive on our beautiful campus. What is a rector? In short, I am your pastoral leader, community builder, University resource, and chief administrator. Yup! All of those things wrapped into one five-foot-tall (I’m being generous) woman. 

I am an adult professional living among my women in the hall. I lead a team of nine women: seven resident assistants and two assistant rectors. We are here to walk with you through your college experience. Rectors come from all walks of life: we are lay women, lay men, sisters, and priests. We are coaches, teachers, administrators, social workers, pastors, ministers, and run the gamut of higher ed professions.  

Here at Notre Dame, you will be known, seen, and loved. Your rector will know you by name when you walk through the doors of your new home under the Dome. READ MORE >>
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