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CTU is fortunate to attract many dynamic people of faith who bless our community with creativity, strength and vision. We are excited to announce the launch of Portraits, a regular online profile––text or video––of a current student, alumnus, staff, or faculty member. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us a little better! Check back regularly for a new Portrait.

March 11, 2013
The questions were simple yet profound: “Who am I at my core? Where can I best serve?” At 29, Beth Knobbe was beginning to have an identity crisis. She had a satisfying, growing career in a global pension benefits firm. Rooted in the Catholic tradition of service, she volunteered as an after-school tutor for disadvantaged children, assisted with RCIA at Old St. Pat’s in Chicago, and was engaged in young adult ministry. A healthy balance, however, was elusive, and her purpose in life felt unclear.
February 7, 2013

If history had repeated itself, Sr. Sisilia Soelistyane, S.Sp.S., a newly appointed formator for her province in Indonesia, would have gone to Ghana for training. Instead, Sr. Sisilia was asked to be the first in her local community to train in the United States. She was nervous, but wanted to open her heart to what was being asked of her. Now a student at the Institute of Religious Formation (IRF) in Chicago, Sr. Sisilia’s life is unfolding in whole new ways. “Coming here is like nine months in the womb,” she said. “It’s nine months of learning.”

January 10, 2013

For CTU alumnus Rev. Eddie DeLeón, C.M.F., preparing for Sunday Mass recently became a more daunting, but rewarding experience. “When I preach at Mass, there are world-renowned Scripture scholars in the audience, as well as the dean of the Yale Divinity School,” Fr. DeLeón said, smiling. “Not to mention, students may fact-check my homily!”

November 30, 2012
In the midst of a sometimes polarizing political climate that can divide people based on religious beliefs, CTU student Saleha Jabeen works for unity and proudly says, “I am Muslim, plain and simple.” Saleha is more aware of the delicacy of interfaith relations studying in the U.S. today than she was growing up in Hyderabad, India, but uniting people has always been important to her. During a difficult childhood, Saleha learned the power of faith by watching her mother. Read full story.