CDU Student Andrew Swancer

Meet Andrew Swancer

“CDU has deepened my relationship with Christ, by teaching me the ‘why’ of the faith,” says BA in Theology student Andrew Swancer. A Civil Engineer who has served in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years, Andrew has been stationed all over the world. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Andrew currently lives in Bossier City, Louisiana, with Laura, his wife of 11 years. He has always had a passion for ministry, teaching catechesis, and RCIA.

Andrew first learned about CDU through an internet search.  He had always wanted a Catholic education, and after doing some research, asking questions, and praying, he decided to enroll at CDU. He had taken courses at a few online schools after being introduced to online education while in the military, but he found that the coursework wasn’t challenging. “With CDU I have never worked harder, and I sincerely mean that in a good way,” he says.   “CDU challenges me, which is something that I have been looking for.” 

Andrew has been working toward his BA in Theology with CDU and is truly enjoying his experience. “Now I have the opportunity to get a degree in something that has been near and dear to my heart since I was a little boy,” he says. “It is a challenge, and I have accepted wholeheartedly, just as much as I have accepted the challenges God has presented to me in life and the challenges yet to come.”

“For a long time, I, like many, just believed things because that is how we were taught.  Now, I understand the richness of our faith,” he explains.

Andrew’s favorite course has been “God, Man, and the Universe.” “Because I am a ‘Cradle Catholic,’ I learned what was required for me to make my sacraments, but never really expanded beyond that,” he says. “This course, which I thought was going to be insurmountable, was awesome because it really expanded on many of the things we sometimes toss around: Sacred Scripture/Tradition, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the like.”

In his free time, Andrew enjoys fishing and the great outdoors.

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