Fischer Grad


Fischer Graduate

Construction of the Fischer Graduate Residences was completed in the summer of 1991. Residents began occupancy in the fall semester of 1991. Fischer consists of 33 two-story buildings with six apartments per building. These fully furnished, air-conditioned, two bedroom, one bathroom apartments are available for unmarried male or unmarried female graduate students only.

Fischer comprises two-thirds of the Fischer O'Hara-Grace Graduate Residences. The FOG complex is a community development that facilitates and supports graduate study.

The Fischer Residences and O'Hara-Grace Townhouses are not mixed gender living facilities. The University expects all students living in the FOG community to be responsible and respectful in their social conduct and to follow the rules and regulations of du Lac and the FOG Handbook. A quiet academic environment must be maintained at all times, so that residents are able to successfully engage in their studies. FOG is under the direction of an appointed Rector and staff who may set forth additional guidelines.



Nhat Nguyen is a former seminarian who graduated with a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, America’s First Catholic Seminary. He spent two years discerning the diocesan priesthood with the Diocese of Richmond and has come to realized that "there’s something about Mary." He began his theological studies at Saint Mary’s and his pastoral assignments included: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Nazareth, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Saint Anne. He could not be more affirmed to be working at a university that carries the name of Notre Dame, Our Lady. Prior to the seminary, Nhat graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from James Madison University, where he was also a Division I student-athlete on the varsity wrestling team and a three-time All-State wrestler. He became the Assistant Catholic Campus Minister at JMU after graduation, and the following year was promoted to be the Catholic Campus Minister at Roanoke College. Nhat hails from Roanoke, Virginia, where his family of nine settled in 1993 from Vietnam.

When asked why he felt called to serve as a Rector at the University of Notre Dame, Nhat answered: "It’s the ‘American Story.’ Our family is a first-generation immigrant family who came to the United States in 1993, and we identified ourselves with Notre Dame because of its Catholicity, tradition, and values. To be a part of this University is my ‘American Dream.’ I believe that my passion for service and love for ministry will prepare me to meet the rigorous demands of being Rector. My many years of ministerial work have given me a genuine empathy, which enables me to connect well and personally with others, and a deep desire to be a man for others in the likeness of Christ."