Xavier University attracts students from more than 15 faith traditions, including Buddhism, Judaism, Muslim, Hinduism, and Shintoism. Religious pluralism is reality at Xavier. In line with the Ignatian value of cura personalis, care of the whole person, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice is committed to helping each and every student deepen their spiritual life. With this commitment in mind the University has created a new position.
Andrea Bardelmeier, a new staff member on the Faith and Ministry Team at the Center for Faith & Justice, focuses on non-Catholic ministries, specifically expressions of Christianity and Ecumenism. She provides resources and support for the faith development of students of other world religions and non-theistic belief systems, helping to connect them to a spiritual home in Cincinnati. The intention for this ministry is to accommodate existing religious diversity on campus, while helping cultivate an atmosphere of true plurality, tolerance, and inter-religious understanding on campus.
Bardelmeier is originally from Holland, Michigan. Graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004, she worked as a community organizer in Grand Rapids for three years after college. She completed a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010, having been drawn to seminary out of her community experience. Seminary taught her to integrate her faith with her passion for social action. Bardelmeier considers it an important part of her ministry to help students at Xavier do the same, honoring the questions and the doubts along the way.
Raised in the Episcopal Church, a transformative spiritual experience at age fifteen prompted her to wander through evangelical, reform, agnostic, and emergent church settings until finding her way back to the Episcopal Church during Seminary.