CTU Alum Stories
Dimitri Sala, OFM
Dimitri Sala, OFM, (M.Div. 1984) is a priest involved full-time in evangelical preaching and apostolic ministry, combined with a life of prayer. Presently based in Chicago, he ministers with a team of laity to many ethnic groups, ages, and denominations, and makes appearances on Christian television and radio. He is involved in international efforts of reconciliation between Evangelical Protestants and Catholics, and as such, is part of the ecumenical ministry of Harvest Evangelism, serving there also a faculty member for the Transform Our World Global Conferences, and is an associate to the Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture. Having published a pamphlet and articles on themes of evangelism and ecumenism, his latest work is a book entitled The Stained Glass Curtain (La Cortina de Vitrales in Spanish), and is available from Creation House (or Casa Creación) Publishers. For more information, visit http://www.
Originally from Maine, Corinne Agren-Barnes comes to CTU via Boston, where she was working for the last two years at Rosie’s Place, a non-profit that serves women experiencing homelessness. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland in May 2011 with a Master of Arts in Global Studies and minors in Spanish and Gender Studies.
Corinne first heard the call to ministry while studying abroad during her junior year at Loyola. While abroad she participated in two service-based exchange programs, one in El Salvador and one in Chile, as well as spending two months doing service at a domestic violence shelter in Guatemala. After a year of ministering to those on the margins, Corinne worked for the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) during her senior year at Loyola. At CCSJ she facilitated service experiences between student volunteers and three social service agencies in the Baltimore area. After graduating, Corinne sought to work at a non-profit organization to help her discern what she should pursue for her graduate studies. This experience led her to apply and accept admission to CTU and the University of Chicago’s dual Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work program.
In addition to her passion for social justice, Corinne enjoys traveling, being outdoors, spending time with her friends and family, swimming, reading dystopian novels, and playing cards.
Valerie D'Souza. M.A.P.S., D.Min.
During a recent visit in India, CTU faculty member Roger Schroeder had the wonderful opportunity to reunite with CTU graduate, Valerie D'Souza. Valerie graduated from CTU with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in 2000 and a DMin in Liturgy in 2005. She is now Director of the Liturgy Office for the Archdiocese of Mumbai (Bombay). Valerie is doing very well attending to the many facets of her job, including organizing interreligious prayer services, in one of the largest cities of the world. She organized a morning tea for Roger with a number of her collaborators and she gifted him with a shawl, a cultural sign of Indian welcome. However, rather than the regular practice of purchasing one, she wove a beautiful white shawl with her own hands. Valerie couldn't stop talking about how much she had been blessed by her studies at Catholic Theological Union.
Beth Knobbe, M.Div.
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. Read more.
Rev. Eddie DeLeón, C.M.F.
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!” In August 2011, Fr. DeLeón became the first Latino priest to serve as Assistant Chaplain at Yale University’s Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel. There, he supports all 5,600 graduate students with Catholic intellectual life, spiritual direction, marriage counseling, and other faith services, as well as plans and executes outreach for Yale’s Latino student population. Read more.
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