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Center for Religion and Public Discourse

About the Director

Andrea J. Stapleton, Ph.D., is the director of Mission Integration and Mercy Heritage and of the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at Saint Xavier University.

Doctor Stapleton earned her doctoral degree in theology at Loyola University Chicago. She received her master’s degree in theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education at the University of Iowa.

Beginning with a career in the field of education, Doctor Stapleton served as the director for Sylvan Learning Center and worked in the public school system. She pursued her master’s degree while working for St. Michael Church in Norway, Iowa and serving as the archdiocese of Dubuque’s President for the Diocesan Core of Religious Educators. She also worked in educational publishing as a math and science editor at Buckle Down Publishing.

While working on her doctorate in theology, Doctor Stapleton served as the director of Operations at the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy. She also taught courses in theology at Lewis University, St. Joseph College Seminary and Loyola University of Chicago. She has served as the assistant academic dean at St. Joseph College Seminary in Chicago and the director of Faith Formation at St. Bernadette Church in Evergreen Park.

Doctor Stapleton’s research interests and publications include religious pluralism, contextual theology, feminist theology, sacramental theology, ecclesiology, Lonergan Studies and social justice.

Doctor Stapleton is also an active member of her parish and gives presentations and workshops in areas of theology and spirituality.