Badin Hall

Badin Hall

Originally constructed in 1897 as St. Joseph's Industrial School, Badin Hall was renamed in 1917 in honor of Rev. Stephen Badin, the first Catholic priest ordained in the United States and provider of the land where the original Log Cabin was built. Badin was converted to a women’s residence hall in 1972 when Notre Dame became co-ed. The smallest women’s residence hall on campus, Badin is located on the South Quad and is the only hall with a balcony. Badin supports the Hope for Nepal charity which helps to support an orphanage for children who would otherwise be forced to live on the streets. Each year, residents raise money for the charity by hosting the Badin Breakdown, a karaoke and sketch comedy performance on the South Quad. Badin received major renovation during the 2017-18 academic year and reopened in summer of 2018.

Badin

Rector

Ceni De La Torre

Ceni De La Torre

Azucena “Ceni” De La Torre is originally from Chicago, Logan Square to be specific. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University where she double majored in Catholic Studies alongside Communication and Media. She earned her Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke Divinity School and is also a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. After completing her studies, she worked in Catholic Campus Ministry at DePaul as Ministry Coordinator of Retreats and Faith Formation. Her season in university ministry only more deeply confirmed her call to accompanying young adults through the joys and challenges of college life. Ceni loves the writings of St. John Henry Newman, long walks in stationary/craft stores to further curate her sticker collection, and Hello Kitty.

In anticipation of her new role at Notre Dame, she shares, “I am so incredibly honored to step into the role of Rector for Badin Hall. It is a profound privilege and beautiful responsibility. I have felt called to the University of Notre Dame for many years and it thrills me to now enter this season of sharing life with the young women at Our Lady’s university. I am looking forward to being in community and encouraging us all to authentically live into who we are with the kind of love and radical acceptance that comes from being rooted in God. I look forward to our challenges as well as our laughter together. It is my hope to create a true place of home and belonging for everyone in our hall. My goal is to ensure each member of our community recognizes they are loved and that all things work for their greatest good, always.”

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Hall Stats

Approximate Capacity
131
Number of Sections
5
Year Established
1897
Quad
South
Sex
Female
Chapel
St. Stephen
Number of Floors
4
Number of Rooms
67
Elevator
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Nickname/Mascot
Bullfrogs