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Aug 23, 2012

Hello from the admissions and recruitment office!

It's a busy time for Angela, Kathy and myself in our office, I am sure that it is busy for those of you who are still in the process of completing your applications for admissions to CTU. In my role as the assistant to the department, I am here along with Angela and Kathy to help you in the process of completing your application.

I hope that process is going well for you and please know that you can always contact us with questions or concerns. 

With our open enrollment you still have time to start the fall semester with us, so please take advantage of it.


Valerie -  - Assistant to the Admissions and Rectuitment Team

Aug 22, 2012

Hello Seekers! I’m Angela and I began my role as Director of Admissions this past February. I first visited CTU in 2006 as an “older young adult” participant in the first Catholics on Call Conference. I enrolled in the Master of Divinity program the following fall, leaving a social worker position I’d held the past few years because I felt called to something more.

At CTU, I am here to accompany those who have discerned that this “something more” includes further theological study and ministerial preparation. I’ll help you to navigate the applications process and, once you are admitted, continue to walk with you until you walk through our doors, assisting you in the transition to student life at CTU. (Remember, I was in your shoes just a few short years ago!) You can also reach out to me for assistance in the Federal Student Loan application process, which I facilitate in collaboration with the Business Office.

Both my ministerial and social work perspective inform my work, and I continue to be interested in the intersection between spirituality and emotional well-being. This background also inspires my life outside the office with St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston, IL and the Ignatian Spirituality Project.

My current favorite quote is from St. Irenaeus:  “The glory of God is human being fully alive,” which you’ll learn in Steve Bevans’ Trinity and Mission course. It is one of my great joys to witness students become more “fully alive” as they immerse themselves in learning. I look forward to discussing the possibility of making this happen for at CTU!

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