Meet the President
A Message from President Mark Francis, CSV
It has been a great joy to be welcomed so warmly into the CTU community. As the new president of CTU, I want to extend that message to you. Welcome to Catholic Theological Union and to the CTU website!
I look forward to contributing to the continuing vitality of this school of ministry whose graduates have touched so many lives around the world. And I also look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at a CTU lecture, liturgy, or gathering in the months and years ahead. The opportunities here for learning, friendship, and spiritual nourishment are many and varied. CTU is, indeed, a very vibrant place!
As you know, CTU was founded in 1968, inspired by the expansive vision of the Second Vatican Council. Three religious orders took a risk and closed their individual seminaries located in rural settings in order to form a union situated in a dynamic urban environment. Today, CTU is the largest Roman Catholic school of theology and ministry in North America. We prepare candidates to the priesthood from some 24 religious communities and also provide pastoral and theological training for lay women and men.
Our students enjoy the opportunity to study with an internationally acclaimed faculty and use the resources of our superb theological library. Our lively community of faith and learning comprises men and women, religious and lay, from around the globe. This diversity brings a richness to the CTU experience that is quite special. Our commitment to interreligious dialogue, exemplified by our unique programs in Jewish and Islamic studies, further establishes CTU as a leader in reconciliation and peacemaking efforts among people of faith. A charter member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), CTU students have open access to hundreds of courses across various Christian denominations, and we are also very fortunate to have an academic alliance with Chicago’s DePaul University, which affords our students additional educational opportunities.
Last but certainly not least, CTU has a variety of resources upon which it draws financial aid for students--scholarship funds, matching grants, student employment, and loans. CTU is committed to working with qualified graduate students to assess need and merit-based financial aid in order to make theological and ministerial education accessible.
With downtown Chicago almost at our doorstep, the beautiful Lake Michigan just a few short blocks away, and the University of Chicago as our neighbor, CTU is ideally situated to provide nourishment to mind, heart, and soul. I invite you to explore our website and, even better, contact us and arrange a visit. We are eager to welcome you in person!
Fr. Mark Francis, CSV
To read more about President Francis, click here.
To watch President Francis' welcome video, click here.