Highly Qualified Faculty & Staff

Andrea Stapleton Berger

Title/s:  Senior Lecturer

Office #:  Lewis Towers 401

Phone: 312.915.6501



Andrea Stapleton has been teaching at Loyola University since 2009. She earned her doctorate in theology at Loyola University Chicago. She received her master's degree in theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and bachelor's degrees in psychology and education at the University of Iowa.

Andrea has been working in education and ministry since 1996. She has taught in public and private schools and been education director and then director for a learning center in Iowa. She has also worked in the educational publishing field as an editor for math and science. Andrea directed religious education programming in Iowa parishes and served as the Archdiocese of Dubuque's president for the Diocesan Council of Religious Educators.

While working on her doctorate, Andrea served as the director of operations at the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy. She has taught theology courses 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, the director of Faith Formation at St. Bernadette Church in Evergreen Park, and the director of Mission Integration and the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She also speaks publically on religion and spirituality, and offers workshops and retreats for parishes and dioceses.

Her research interests and publications include religious pluralism, contextual theology, feminist theology, sacramental theology, ecclesiology, Lonergan Studies and social justice. She has been awarded for her work intersecting contextual theology and Lonergan Studies by the Lonergan Institute at Marquette University.


  • Ph.D. in Theology, 2013 from Loyola University Chicago
  • M.A. in Theology, 2005 from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa
  • B.S. Psychology, B.S. Education, May 1995 from University of Iowa, Iowa City,

Program Areas

THEO 190 - Loyola's Mission: Ignatian Tradition

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Loyola Theology Graduate Student Caucus
  • Diocesan Council of Religious Educators, Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa


  • Commitment to Academic Excellence Award, Saint Xavier University, August 2015
  • M. Shawn Copeland Presentation in Contextual Theology, Lonergan Society at Marquette University, 2013
  • Loyola University Chicago Graduate Award, 2006 - 2008
  • Archdiocese of Dubuque Graduate Award, 2003 - 2005

Selected Publications

  • “Reflections on Catholic Higher Education and the Church,” Chicago Tribune, March 10, 2016, http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-stapleton-catholic-higher-education-st-0313-20160310-story.html
  • “The New Evangelization: A Lonerganian Perspective,” Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, lead article, pending publication
  • Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Workplace: A Theological Foundation for Justice for the Catholic Workplace (co-authored book in progress)