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CTU Annual Report 2013-2014

Proclaiming Hope at the Crossroads

Every autumn Catholic Theological Union publishes its annual report. What follows is an excerpt from the President's Message. To view the Annual Report 2013-2014 in its entirety, click here.

 

President's Message (excerpted)

You may remember that the theme of last year’s Annual Report was the “Presence in this Place,” the vibrant spirit that has historically enlivened CTU — the buildings (old and new), classrooms, events, and, most importantly, our students as they prepare for ministry. In beginning my Presidency, it seemed like the perfect time to review the great history of CTU from the inside out.

This year we found our gaze turning outward! “Proclaiming Hope at the Crossroads” reflects the extraordinary worldwide service of CTU’s alumni who bring the joy of the Gospel to the far corners of the earth. As rich as the experience is at CTU, despite the powerful bonds of friendship that we forge, we are here together as a community for just a brief time. Then our students “push out into the deep” to fulfill their ministerial callings throughout the world.

In delivering the remarks below at my inauguration in October 2013, I was keenly aware of CTU’s history as a “Vatican II” school of theology and ministry that has sought to answer the changing needs of the Church. A central part of the vision inspired by that Council is the importance of engaging contemporary society in order to minister effectively in today’s world:

Unlike years ago when priests would be trained to return to homogenous and largely self-contained parishes, most of us today live and work in settings that are multicultural and multi-religious. To use a descriptive image drawn from a city map, we no longer educate ministers to return to cul-de-sacs — closed ethnic enclaves where everyone is largely the same. Instead of cul-de-sacs, we are challenged to prepare ministers to engage at the crossroads of our cities and our world; to go forth from CTU able to minister in our modern society where they will come into contact with many religions and cultures.

And so in this, the 2013-2014 Annual Report, we celebrate our students and alumni, both vowed religious and lay, as they travel to the crossroads of the world proclaiming a message of hope. They have been called to serve near and far, at the intersections of cultures and religions. They work at the margins of the Church and society in geographically remote areas and among people who have been marginalized and are suffering.

We are reminded each day that our alumni are able to pursue their call because of the incredible generosity of the religious communities who sponsor CTU and the abundant goodness of our benefactors who sustain CTU with their contributions. Together we embrace the world with its varied voices and needs, and together we share a mission to proclaim the Good News, a mission that continues to be shaped and nourished at CTU.