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Jun 24, 2015

We were pleased to welcome Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, to CTU for our President's Circle in June. Fr. Tom is a Basilian Father and CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation. He is also the English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office and served as an official spokesperson for Vatican during the period of transition between the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. To hear Fr. Tom's enlighting and engaging reflection on the "Francis Effect," click here.





Jun 08, 2015

This academic year's final Sunday at CTU took place on June 7. Sr. Sallie Latkovich, CSJ, delivered the lecture, and Fr. Gil Ostdiek, OFM, celebrated the liturgy. Sr. Sallie is the Director of CTU's Summer Institute and the Biblical Study and Travel Program as well as serving as an adjunct professor. She spoke on "What is Spirituality Anyway?," sharing her reflections on the rise in individuals identifying as "spiritual but not religious" and on the meaning of the word "spirituality." We were pleased that many of the Summer Institute students and distance learners were able to join us for this engaging lecture and liturgy.


May 15, 2015

This week we sent forth CTU's newest class of graduates! Coming from across the United States and 23 countries worldwide, this year’s graduates brought many diverse cultures and life experiences to their studies at CTU. They are united, however, in their extraordinary promise, commitment to faith, and devotion to lives of service. At this year's commencement, CTU was honored to present Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle with an Honorary Doctorate in Theology and Teresita "Teri" L. Nuval with an Honorary Doctorate in Ministry. We heard the inspiring words (and a poem, too!) from graduate Melissa Carnall, recognized the distinguished career of retiring CTU Professor Rev. Stephen Bevans, SVD, and celebrated the announcement of a new CTU Certificate in Asian Pastoral Theology and Ministry.







Apr 30, 2015

Approximately 460 guests attended the Blessed are the Peacemakers Trustee Dinner on April 29 honoring Dr. Paul Farmer and the Berner Family. Dr. Farmer is a physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian in the field of public health. He is the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health and has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. Sheila Reynolds Berner, Robert L. Berner, Jr. - Life Trustee of CTU - and their children: John R. Berner; Mary G. Berner; Robert L. Berner III; Louise Berner-Holmberg; and Sheila Berner Kennedy received the Diakonia Award for their significant contributions to philanthropy and volunteer work in the Chicago area and nationwide. Nearly $450,000 was raised to benefit CTU's operating costs, and the event was featured in the National Catholic Reporter. Click here to read the article.




Mar 23, 2015

This past week CTU and St. Thomas the Apostle Church celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. At a symposium organized by CTU Associate Professor of Spirituality Sr. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, students and community members gathered to reflect on the legacy of this great mystic, theologian, and Doctor of the Church. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Keith Egan from the University of Notre Dame and Dr. Bernard McGinn from the University of Chicago to share their scholarship and reflections alongside Sr. Mary.



Mar 09, 2015

The Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary! The Tolton Program is a one of its kind academic, scholarship, formation and mentoring program that prepares Black Catholic women and men for ministerial leadership in the Archdiocese of Chicago. At its Harambee! celebration, the Tolton Program honored and celebrated its scholars, past and present, and several individuals influential in the program's founding: Fr. Lawrence Duris, Corrine Grant, Fr. David Jones, Audrey Tuggle, and the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Black Catholics.




Feb 18, 2015

Part Mardi Gras party, part potluck and talent show, Taste of CTU is a beloved tradition to celebrate the many cultures and countries of origin of the CTU community. Students, faculty, and staff gather to share their heritage with each other through cuisine, song, and dance.






Feb 16, 2015

Nearly 300 people gathered this past week to celebrate the inauguration of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at CTU. The afternoon and evening included two presentations (Fr. Bob Schreiter, CPPS, “Re-Imagining Consecrated Life in a Changing World” and Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, “Hope Encounters: Consecrated Life For Our Time”), sharing with one another in small and large group conversation, a beautiful evening prayer, and a blessing of the Center and Director Sr. Maria Cimperman. Learn more about this newest Center here.



Feb 16, 2015

We were pleased to welcome Fr. Eddie De León, CMF, for our February 15 Sunday at CTU. Fr. Eddie is a CTU alumnus and a member of the Board of Trustees. He currently serves at Assistant Chaplain at the St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel at Yale University. Fr. Eddie's lecture on "A Preaching Project for the Global Church" was followed by Mass celebrated by CTU faculty member Fr. Robin Ryan, CP.


Nov 03, 2014

The Oscar Romero Scholars Program is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary! The Romero Program prepares Hispanic and Latino(a) lay men and women to be pastoral leaders in the Archdiocese of Chicago. At its Del Corazón a la Mesa celebration, the Romero Program honored two champions of the Hispanic and Latino(a) Catholic community in Chicago: Fr. Donald Headley received the Archbishop Oscaro Romero Award, and José Castillo, MAPS 2007, received the Miguel Arias Distinguished Alumni Award.