The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2011 with many events held throughout the country. CTU was pleased to host The Maryknoll Centennial Symposium: Church in Mission: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow from October 6 through October 8, 2011. Rev. Edward Dougherty, MM, Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, expressed his gratitude to CTU: “We are indebted to the faculty and staff at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago not only for their hospitality during these few days but also for their collaboration and support over many years of partnership.”
In November, Catholic Common Ground Initiative (CCGI) announced that Bishop Michael Warfel of the diocese of Great Falls/Billings, Montana, was named as chair of the CCGI Advisory Committee at their annual meeting in the summer and that they had launched their newly updated website, www.catholiccommonground.org.
In addition to providing academic insight and guidance in the classroom, many CTU professors also provide leadership to organizations in their field. Significantly, both the president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and the Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) are currently counted among CTU’s faculty.
Catholic Theological Union invites you to participate in a series of lectures on Islamic Mysticism and Spirituality with Scott Alexander, Associate Professor of Islam. This course will attempt to answer questions regarding Sufism, the word most commonly associated with the rich traditions of Islamic spirituality and mysticism, by tracing the historical development of Sufi ideas, praxis, and institutions from the early second/eighth century to the present.
In October of this year, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. That Council, which brought together in Rome bishops from around the world, would turn out to have a profound effect on the life of the Catholic Church, touching virtually every aspect of the Church’s life – from the style of our liturgical prayer to the ways of exercising authority and our way of conceiving of the Church’s mission to the world. Safe to say, the Church is still sorting out the meaning of the Council and still debating its implications.
The presidents of Catholic Theological Union and DePaul University, Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., and Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., formally announced on October 5, 2011, at a breakfast gathering of Board members, faculty, and staff from both schools, that these two Chicago-based Catholic institutions have formed an academic alliance.
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The “Building the Church of the Future: Scholarships for a New Generation of Lay Leaders” Initiative, which commenced on All Saint’s Day 2009, has surpassed the half-way mark toward its goal of $3 million.
The nearly 100 graduates gathered at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation on May 12, 2011 along with family members, friends, classmates, professors, and other well wishers to honor their great accomplishments. As Sr. Barbara pointed out, “Some of our graduates have been here just a short time, privileged to be engaged in full-time study; others have been on what seems like the lifelong learning plan, chipping away one course at a time, while balancing full-time jobs and family commitments… Each individual journey has coalesced in this community of faith and learning, as together you have honed your theological knowledge and your pastoral skills, deepening your relationship with the One who has called you to this life of service.”
CTU graduates serve the people of God all over the world. Fr. Liam O’Callaghan, S.S.C., is an Irish priest of the Missionary Society of St. Columban who is serving as a missionary in Pakistan, where he has spent over eleven years. Through email, we were able to interview Fr. Liam about his current ministry assignment and his experiences of CTU.