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October 15, 2014
(CHICAGO, October 15, 2014) The Reverend Mark R. Francis, CSV, president of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), announced that Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, has been appointed the first director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life. The Center will launch in February 2015 in celebration of “The Year of Consecrated Life” designated by Pope Francis to begin on November 30, 2014.
August 27, 2014

(CHICAGO, August 27, 2014) The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation voted on August 19, 2014, to approve a $1 million grant in support of the efforts of Giving Voice in partnership with Catholic Theological Union (CTU) to prepare young Roman Catholic women religious to assume leadership positions in their religious communities, ministries, and the Catholic Church.

October 30, 2013

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2013) On Sunday, October, 27, 2013, Catholic Theological Union (CTU) inaugurated its seventh president, the Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV, succeeding the Rev. Donald Senior, CP. The inaugural platform party included the Most Rev. Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR, Archbishop of Indianapolis, and the Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, DD, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

September 17, 2013

CHICAGO, [September 5, 2013] All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland, has chosen the Rev. Donald Senior, CP, president emeritus of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, as the recipient of the 2013 Daniel O’Connell and Frederick Douglass Irish American Freedom Award. Fr. Senior is being honored for his long-standing commitment and work in the area of justice and ethical leadership. Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, will present the award.

April 16, 2013

CHICAGO [April 16, 2013] At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago on April 15, 2013, the Rev. Mark R. Francis, C.S.V., was elected to the presidency of CTU. In accepting the post, he succeeds the Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., who is retiring from the office on June 30, 2013. Fr. Senior served as the president of CTU for a total of 23 years. He is scheduled to return to the faculty as Professor of New Testament Studies in the fall of 2013.

April 8, 2013

Chicago, IL (April 8, 2013) The 2013 Touchstone Award will be presented to Passionist priest, the Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., who is the current president of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. Fr. Senior has been the president of CTU for 23 years, and is also a professor of New Testament Studies. Of the award Fr. Senior said, “To be honored by my fellow priests in this way touches me deeply. I am grateful for my years of priesthood and the many opportunities I have had to be of service. Thank you, National Federation of Priests' Councils--an organization I greatly admire.”

December 18, 2012

Catholic Theological Union formally announced on December 14, 2012, that it is seeking a new president to succeed the Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., who is retiring from the office at the end of the academic year, June 30, 2013, after 23 years of service. Applications must be submitted to CTU by February 15, 2013.

November 15, 2012

Chicago, IL (Nov. 14, 2012) The Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., announced today that he will retire as president of Catholic Theological Union at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. A noted biblical scholar and a leader in the field of theological education, he has served as president for 23 years.

June 5, 2012

Chicago, IL, June 5, 2012—The Board of Trustees of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) will honor prominent Chicagoans, Renée and Lester Crown and Shirley and Patrick Ryan, at the annual Blessed are the Peacemakers dinner on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Honorary Chairs for this year’s event are Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

March 27, 2012


CHICAGO, IL—Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU) is pleased to announce that the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has reaffirmed the accreditation of the school and all its graduate degree programs, effective February 2012.