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CTU Commencement Ceremony


STARTS: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM
ENDS: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:30 PM

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615 (see map)

At this year's commencement, CTU will present honorary doctorates to two Dominican priests, the Rev. Charles W. Dahm , OP, and the Rev.Thomas F. O’Meara, OP.  Dahm will receive a Doctorate in Ministry, honoris causa; O’Meara will receive a Doctorate in Theology, honoris causa. Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., will receive a Doctorate in Humane Letters, honoris causa. Honorary degrees are conferred annually by the CTU faculty and Board of Trustees upon individuals whose contributions to the fields of scholarship and service reflect the values to which Catholic Theological Union is committed. 

Fr. O’Meara is the William K. Warren Professor of Theology Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He became a faculty member at Notre Dame in 1980 and remained for 24 years. He has served as a visiting professor at universities around the world, and was an adjunct professor at CTU for many years.

He is widely recognized as one of the most eminent theologians of his generation. Born in 1935, O’Meara completed his seminary studies at St. Rose Priory in Dubuque, Iowa, where he was already a student engaged in ecumenical dialogue at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque. At the same time he discovered the thought of the great Protestant theologian Paul Tillich and edited a collection of Catholic essays published as Paul Tillich in Catholic Thought. His early interest in ecumenism remained of theological interest throughout the rest of his life. Additional published works include: Thomas Aquinas, Theologian; Theology in Ministry; and most recently Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation.

Fr. Dahm is the Director of Domestic Violence and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Co-Coordinator of Peace and Justice for Dominicans in North America. He is also Associate Pastor of St. Pius V Parish in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, where he was formerly pastor for 21 years. Ordained a Dominican priest in 1964, Dahm worked as a missionary in Bolivia for six years before returning to the U.S. to cofound the 8th Day Center for Justice. Over the years, he has helped to found several other centers dedicated to the promotion of human rights and has developed ministry to victims of domestic violence in 37 parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

Chicagoan Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., is an executive partner at Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, as well as Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Through his work in academia and business, Kraemer has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and authenticity. He recently published a book entitled From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership, which expands upon his view that the women and men of today’s business world who are committed to values-based leadership also deliver exceptional results.