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CTU Annual Report 2012-2013

There's a Presence in this Place

Every autumn Catholic Theological Union publishes its annual report. What follows is an excerpt from the President's Message. To view the Annual Report 2012-13 in its entirety, click here.


President's Message (excerpted)

My new ministry as president of CTU began on July 1, 2013, and I keep coming back to the musical phrase: “There’s a presence in this place.”

We chose this theme for our annual report based on the title of a song composed by musician John Angotti who graduated from CTU in May of this year. John was among the first class to receive an online Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree. His original composition was used to accompany a slide presentation celebrating the tenure of retiring President Donald Senior, who led CTU for 23 years. Those who saw the slide show were drawn into a reflection on how God has called so many women and men to Catholic Theological Union through the years, and into a special presence that has nurtured and challenged them to serve the Church and humanity throughout the world.

The CTU community is moved to give particular thanks for the extraordinary work of Fr. Senior who has overseen the growth of the institution for more than two decades.  We acknowledge the obvious testament to his stewardship — the Academic and Conference Center that provides a wonderful setting for CTU’s principal work of preparing men and women for ministry in the Church — and also his crucial leadership in programs that have enabled CTU to reach out to the people of Chicago and beyond. Fr. Senior' encouragement of and participation in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, his expert guiding of trips to the lands of the Bible, and his wisdom in establishing collaborative relationships with other institutions that share our vision of Church inspired by the Second Vatican Council — DePaul University in Chicago, the Lay Centre in Rome, and All Hallows College in Dublin — all bear testimony to his skillful guidance.

In fact, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the wonderful way in which he promoted this special “presence” at CTU even in the way he shepherded the process of handing on its leadership! His patience, availability and good counsel, along with that of Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Vice President and Academic Dean, and Michael Connors, Vice President for Administration and Finance, have allowed me to assume my new duties with confidence and optimism... To view the Annual Report as a flipbook, click here.