Kathy Tardif

Catholic Campus Minister


Kathy Tardif has been at Plymouth State since 2005. Kathy TardifCroppedBefore that, she was a technical writer for 17 years, primarily at small software companies, and spent a number of years volunteering in many positions in a parish youth ministry program.

Kathy’s goals as a campus minister are to build community among students, to provide support in dealing with large and small concerns, and to help people develop deeper, more mature faith lives. College is a stressful experience at times, and it is important that students have a safe and welcoming place to meet others, learn about or deepen their understanding of Catholic religion and spirituality, and discern their own unique paths, regardless of their faith background or perspective.

Kathy subscribes to the view that spirituality is lived out and that, as St. Teresa of Avila put it, we are God’s hands. Prayer, theological reflection, and Bible study are important. So is action. She herself began an avocation of service as a Big Sister in college and was an English as a Second Language tutor and teacher for years with immigrants in the Boston area. She has volunteered on the Samaritans suicide hotline and worked with grief support groups, and has traveled to Peru and Honduras on service and cultural immersion trips with campus ministry students at PSU and elsewhere. She works on many community service projects with PSU and the local community. With Preston Fuller, the United Campus Minister at the time, she was awarded the 2006 Presidents’ Community Partner Award, given by Campus Contact for New Hampshire for service rendered in partnership with PSU.

Kathy also believes in the importance of interfaith dialogue. She has spent her whole working life side by side with people of various faiths. She was a member of the Jewish-Christian Interfaith Partnership of New Hampshire until it disbanded. Not only is she a Catholic, but she is also a member of a Jewish family through her husband. And though she is a lifelong citizen of Red Sox Nation, some of her oldest friends happen to be Yankees fans.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys reading, hiking, snowshoeing, travel, and attending sporting events, concerts, and musicals featuring PSU students.

Like the rest of the campus ministers here, Kathy loves a good conversation, so feel free to come by the Reflection and Spiritual Care Center and chat. We’ve got a comfortable space and snacks and drinks … food for the mind, heart, soul, and body!


  • Post-Master’s Certificate in the Practice of Spirituality, Boston College
  • M.A., Pastoral Ministry, Boston College
  • M.A., English, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., English/Secondary Education, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Connecticut


  • “Ministering to Suicide Survivors: From Basic Care to Supporting the Integration of Traumatic Grief.” Human Development Magazine (Spring 2005).

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