Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C.

Provincial Superior
Congregation of Holy Cross
United States Province of Priests and Brothers

Notre Dame, Indiana

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., was elected as Provincial Superior for the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers on June 14, 2018. As Provincial Superior, Fr. Lies oversees the work and welfare of the over 500 priests, brothers and seminarians in the U.S. Province. The U.S. Province carries out the vision of founder Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved and served through higher education, parish and other ministries throughout the United States. In addition, the Province has apostolates and missions in East Africa, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Bangladesh.

Most recently, Fr. Lies was Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, a role he began in March of 2012. Prior to this role, he was executive director of the Center for Social Concerns (2002-2012). He also taught in the Department of Political Science and was a fellow of both the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Fr. Lies earned his bachelor’s degree in English with minors in French and Philosophy from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He received his M.Div. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. His research and teaching has focused on human rights, religion and politics in Latin America, and the politics of poverty. He has given talks and lectures throughout the country on community-based learning and research and Catholic social tradition, and serves on a number of related domestic and international boards. A native of Little Falls, Minnesota, Fr. Lies is one of ten children and has a twin brother, Jim, who is also a Holy Cross priest.