Justin Bartkus joined the Global Gateway in summer 2017 as rector of the Villa on the Celio, Notre Dame’s student residence in Rome. Among his primary responsibilities are establishing a ministry of presence among all Notre Dame undergraduates studying in Rome, nurturing the growth of Christian faith and community among them, and designing events that provide for the spiritual, social, and academic needs of students at the Villa. His role comprises both the missions of the Rome Global Gateway and the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Residential Life.
Justin received his bachelor’s degree in theology and international peace studies from Notre Dame in 2010, during which time he studied abroad in Rome. He matriculated to graduate theological studies, interested above all in spirituality, historical theology and secularization. Additionally, Justin has taught high school theology in the United States and owns extensive experience in catechesis and coaching basketball.