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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.
Our prolific faculty members continue to publish widely. In addition to their appointments, awards, and presentations, some of their writings include:
In June the Catholic Common Ground Initiative (CCGI) hosted its annual Murnion Lecture, named in honor of the late Monsignor Philip Murnion, founder and former Director of the National Pastoral Life Center. Catholics on Call, CTU’s national vocational discovery program for young adults, announced its newest co-sponsor, DePaul University. The Peacebuilders Initiative, a program of the Bernardin Center that prepares youth for active leadership roles in peacemaking and reconciliation, launched their new and improved website, www.peacebuildersinitiative.org, in the late spring.
In June we announced that CTU was forging an alliance with Rome’s Lay Centre, a unique and highly respected institution that provides a residence and community life for lay men and women who are doctoral students at the various pontifical universities in Rome. In addition, the Lay Centre runs a program of continuing education for people in Rome and provides high level briefings about Rome and the Vatican for boards of trustees of universities and other groups visiting the Eternal City.
Monsignor Velo was the recipient of the 2011 Blessed are the Peacemakers Award. The award is presented each year by the Board of Trustees of Catholic Theological Union to an institution, individual, or group of individuals whose accomplishments reflect the values of the mission of CTU, particularly in the areas of reconciliation, justice, and peacemaking.
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