|Title:||Director - Campus Ministry|
|Office:||Mercy Ministry Center|
Rachelle Kramer, D.Min., serves as the director of Campus Ministry, responsible for cultivating students' religious and spiritual lives at Saint Xavier whether they identify as religious, spiritual, humanist, seeking, questioning, or anything in between. Dr. Kramer is passionate about accompanying students wherever they are on their journey and providing them with the support and resources they need to develop lives of meaning and purpose. She is committed to creating safe and welcoming communities through Campus Ministry programming where students can be their true, authentic selves. She also brings enthusiasm for sharing the riches of the Mercy and Catholic heritage and how the wisdom of these traditions can enrich the lives of people from any background.
Dr. Kramer holds a doctorate in ministry from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, where her research focused on fostering the holistic development of college students at Catholic universities. She has master's degrees in theology and music and 20 years of experience leading liturgy and music programs in university and parish settings. Twelve of those years included work in college campus ministry at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Kramer has published and presented nationally on topics related to liturgy, music, youth, and young adults. She served as the music and liturgy director for several national conferences and programs, including Catholics on Call, the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, the Religious Formation Conference Congress, and Youth in Theology and Ministry. She is also the former chair of the Standing Committee for Youth for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, where she served on the council for seven years.
D.Min. in Practical Theology
Catholic Theological Union, Illinois
M.A. in Theology, Liturgy
Saint John's University
M.M. in Choral Conducting Performance
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A. in Liturgical Music, Catholic Studies
University of St. Thomas