O'Neill Family Hall

O'Neill Family Hall

Dedicated in honor of Joseph O’Neill, Jr. ’37, and funded by the O’Neill family, O’Neill Family Hall was the first men’s residence hall built on West Quad. At the time of its construction in 1996, O’Neill was also the first hall built for men since Flanner and Grace Halls in 1969. O’Neill is deeply committed the South Bend Center for the Homeless. In October, O’Neill hosts “Without a Home,” in which the men of the hall hold a vigil throughout the night to raise awareness and funds to aid the Center. Service trips are ongoing, and Sunday Mass collections are donated to the Center for the Homeless as well.  O’Neill also annually hosts the Ms. ND Pageant in which contestants from each female residence hall compete for the title of “Ms. ND.” O’Neill was last named Hall of the Year in 2006-2007.

Rector

Orlando León

Orlando León

Orlando grew up in Santa Barbara, California where he learned to appreciate the native history of the region both in the faith via the historic Mission Santa Barbara and the area whose original tribes founded the land and its islands. He attended local Catholic schools all his life which were mostly served by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. His parents, both having limited educational experiences, implored all four of their children to appreciate and continue their Catholic education. At Bishop Garcia Diego High School, Orlando immersed himself into campus life as an altar server, member of the ASB, and manager for boys’ volleyball and basketball for which he was the best shooter never to have played in an actual game. He also was recommended to and accepted into the first Summer Bridge Program at UCSB for juniors preparing for college. During all his educational experiences, whether at Cal Poly Pomona (Bachelor’s in Social Work), San José State (master’s in Social Work), or Loyola Marymount (Master’s in Elementary Education), Orlando felt called to serve the youth in various programs. He served young people who had experienced trauma, loss of some sort, and/or removal from the home. He held positions working with adoption/foster care in school settings, non-profit agencies, and as a Youth Minister at a parish. These various employment opportunities helped Orlando discover an appreciation of his faith in action through experience and application.

Orlando has presented meaningful religious experiences for young people in the form of retreats, prayer services, and school assemblies. He has a great ability to meet them where they are in their faith journey and to guide them towards a deeper understanding of their relationship with God. During his free time, Orlando enjoys going to the gym, playing a little golf (he once hit a hole-in-one, but didn’t actually see it go in the hole), watching Broadway musicals, attending sporting events (he has been to most MLB stadiums), and listening to audiobooks.

When asked why he applied to be a rector, Orlando responded: “There is nothing like the residence hall experience at the University of Notre Dame and how each hall is a place of formation and care for each student with the support of rectors and all those who serve to provide a home to all who enter each place. I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Notre Dame community, especially part of the family of O’Neill Family Hall. Together we will share in life experiences, bond in our connections with each other, live with a united identity, and grow in the knowledge that Our Lady is with us always. Consider this, ‘Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ (Hebrews 13:7).”

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Hall Stats

Approximate Capacity
266
Number of Sections
7
Year Established
1996
Quad
West
Sex
Male
Chapel
St. Joseph the Worker
Number of Floors
4
Number of Rooms
129
Elevator
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Nickname/Mascot
Angry Mob