CTU Annual Report 2015-2016
Catholic Theological Union’s fiscal year 2015-2016 Annual Report centers on how the study of God (theology) necessarily brings about action. Our outreach and our striving to make a difference in the world is evidence of the depth of our faith in Christ.
This year the CTU community has been inspired by many wonderful men and women who have challenged us “to act on the word.” Archbishop Blase Cupich, in his address at our annual “Blessed are the Peacemakers” Trustee Dinner on April 27, 2016, reminded us that peace, which is at the heart of the Gospel, is always an active undertaking. It is not simply the lack of violence. “Peace,” he said, “is not a state of being, but rather something that is to be made, to be done. It is a dynamic reality. For God, peace is more a verb than a noun.”
Catholic Theological Union this past year achieved notable progress in key areas that collectively address how we carry ideas into actions: the research and scholarship that informs and hones our core theology programs; the initiatives that expand our outreach and build CTU’s reputation within the Church, Chicago and the world; and the leadership programs guiding our students toward exciting futures.
One way we have responded as an institution is through our ongoing partnership with the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI). By renting a floor of our residence building at a reduced rate, women and children have found a safe haven from a broken immigration system. Our own students have benefitted by working with these temporary residents by learning firsthand the plight of our immigrant sisters and brothers.
All initiatives are based on our “hearing of the word” and then putting it in practice. I invite you read more about these efforts and others.