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Aug 22, 2012


I’m Kathy and I arrived at Catholic Theological Union a number of years ago when a friend shared that she would be taking a Summer Institute class. I hadn’t heard of the school before, but the course she was taking sounded intriguing. I decided to sign up for it, too. The course was food for my soul, and I immediately decided I wanted to enroll in more classes as it had always been a dream of mine to work in church ministry. Between balancing family and working out finances, it took me a year to begin studies. 

So if you’re wondering about how to make your dream of serving in some aspect of ministry come to fruition, maybe I can help. As Director of Recruitment at CTU, I assist prospective students in discerning what degree, certificate or continuing education program would fit their ministerial or theological pursuits. I enjoy listening to prospective students as they share their stories, and then I help them create a way to make theological education possible by putting them in contact with scholarship opportunities, matching grants and other financial aid. I oversee the scholarship programs at CTU.

I’m a graduate of CTU in the Master of Arts Pastoral Studies degree program and have worked in parish ministry in the area of religious education for both children and adults. When I came to CTU I didn’t speak the theological language. My background was in education (taught high school) and in business (worked for local and international companies). I enjoy sharing with others the strategies I used to become adept at understanding theology.  

Our students and graduates are changing the world in powerfully, positive ways. It gives me joy to assist people on their journey.

Kathy Van Duser, Director of Recruiment | | 773-371-5450