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Faculty members make theological leadership contributions

February 2012

In addition to providing academic insight and guidance in the classroom, many CTU professors also provide leadership to organizations in their field.  Significantly, both the president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and the Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) are currently counted among CTU’s faculty.

“Over the years, CTU faculty have made major contributions not only in the classroom but in leadership of national organizations,” says Rev. Donald Senior, C.P.  “That is the case with Gilbert Cavazos-González, O.F.M., who was elected president of the Association of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States—the third CTU Professor to lead this important group.  C. Vanessa White, also of the Spirituality Department, was elected convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.”

Cavazos-González, Associate Professor of Spirituality, serves as the 2011-2012 president of ACHTUS.  An association of scholars committed to research into and theological reflection upon the experiences of Hispanics in the U.S., ACHTUS seeks to “provide a theological voice” for this growing demographic of the U.S. Catholic Church.  “Being president of ACHTUS has been a challenge, but rewarding,” says Cavazos-González.  “I am happy to serve my colleagues in the ACHTUS.  Sadly, ours is still a voice that is often ignored or denigrated, so the work of ACHTUS is crucial.  Latino/a theologians have much to contribute to the theological Academy of the United States.”

Dr. C. Vanessa White, Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program, is Convener of BCTS.  Initiated in 1978, the Symposium seeks to promote scholarly dialogue among Black Catholics, encourage education about the Black Catholic religious and cultural experience, and identify and develop Black Catholic scholars.  “I am honored to serve as the Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium,” says White. “As scholar activists, we are committed to encouraging the development of Black Catholic scholars at universities and schools of ministry throughout the United States and abroad. I am particularly humbled to be the first convener to hold a Doctor of Ministry degree and to serve with my colleague Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow (Associate Convener), who is also a graduate of CTU’s D. Min. program.”

Congratulations to both members of our faculty,” says Senior, “and many thanks for your great service!”