Rev. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C

CPI Faculty Co-Director, Associate Professor of Law

Rev. Patrick E. Reidy, C.S.C. teaches and writes in the areas of property law, land use, and religion. Father Pat teaches as an Associate Professor of Law at Notre Dame, where he also serves as a Faculty Director for the Church Properties Initiative within the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate, and an ordained Roman Catholic priest with the Congregation of Holy Cross.

In his research, Father Pat explores the intersection of property law and religion. Two principal inquiries guide his research: (1) how legal institutions comprehend religion when evaluating property claims, owners, and instruments; and (2) how property doctrines and devices enable, or inhibit, religious practice. While contributing to private law theory, Father Pat also seeks to address practical questions faced by faith communities in their ownership of real and personal property. His work has been published (or is forthcoming) in the Yale Law JournalVirginia Law Review, and Florida Law Review.

Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Father Pat taught property as a Visiting Lecturer in Law and Fellow in Private Law at Yale Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Father Pat is the former Rector of Marilyn M. Keough Hall at the University of Notre Dame, where he offered chaplaincy support to Campus Ministry, the Notre Dame Law School, the Notre Dame Vision Program, and the Notre Dame Boxing Team. He serves on the University of Portland's Board of Regents.

Articles and Essays

Sacred Easements, 110 VA. L. REV. (forthcoming 2024)

Religious Covenants, 74 FLA. L. REV. 821 (2022) (with Nicole Stelle Garnett)

Condemning Worship: Religious Liberty Protections and Church Takings, Note, 130 YALE L.J. 226 (2020)

Shorter Works

“Religious Covenants on Former Church Property,” Canopy Forum (May 2023)