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In November 2012, the Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded Catholic Theological Union a $250,000 grant as part of their Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers. The funds will be used to help CTU with its current efforts to improve services to students in the area of financial aid and financial counseling as well as pastoral preparation for and access to future ministerial employment.
Dr. C. Vanessa White, Assistant Professor of Spirituality at CTU and the Director of the Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program, has been asked to serve as a consultant for the newly formed USCCB Subcommittee for the Certification of Ecclesial Ministry and Service. The appointment comes in recognition of Dr.
We are very pleased to announce that Rev. Edward Foley, Capuchin, has been named Berakah Laureate by the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). Fr. Foley is the Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union, as well as past president of the Academy and a founding member of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. His accomplishments are many — 22 books authored, co-authored or edited; 41 published chapters in books; 32 peer-reviewed articles; and dozens of presentations to dioceses, universities and organizations worldwide.
On June 20, almost 400 guests gathered for the annual Blessed Are The Peacemakers dinner to celebrate the esteemed 2012 award recipients. In addition to being business and civic leaders, Renée and Lester Crown, and Shirley and Patrick Ryan, have actively promoted interfaith understanding, a hallmark of CTU’s mission.
It gives me great pleasure to announce one of the 2012 Virgilio Elizondo award winners, mi Colega, mi Amiga y la Br. Jacoba a de mi comunidad franciscana, Carmen Marie Nanko-Fernández. As a true Tia-logian, Carmen has embodied the mission of ACTHUS in her research, teaching and activism within and outside the theological academy. Her 2010 book, Theologizing en Espanglish: Context, Community, and Ministry is a significant contribution to the advancement of critical theological reflection within the US Latina/o context. It gives voice to the lived faith of US Latina/os, both in its distinctiveness as well as its intersections with other cultural/theological movements.
Catholic Theological Union honored Mr. Terry G. Hillard, the Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, and Friar Louis John Vitale, O.F.M., at its 44th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony is held each year at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago. Nearly one hundred graduates received certificates or Master level degrees in the areas of Biblical Ministry, Pastoral Studies, Theology, Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
As newly elected president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, CTU president Fr. Donald Senior, C.P., gave the benediction at Chicago’s annual interfaith prayer breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. More than a thousand people gathered to honor his life and legacy, including Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin, and Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel.
To follow is the Benediction offered by Fr. Senior:
Over three hundred people gathered to hear Donald Senior, C.P., President and Professor of New Testament Studies, present “Exploring the Farside: Biblical Visions of the Afterlife,” on October 30, 2011. In anticipation of All Saints and All Souls Days, Fr. Senior used words and images to examine the afterlife as it was understood in Biblical times and how conceptions of life after death have evolved throughout history to shape the ideas we hold today.
From the lecture:
Father Raymond Nobiletti, M.M., a priest of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, was a first responder on the morning of September 11, 2001, rushing to the World Trade Center from his rectory in Chinatown just after the first plane hit to help in any way he could. Ten years later he reflects on that day and the months that followed.
Nearly two hundred guests gathered at CTU on Sunday, August 28, for a lecture and liturgy as part of the ongoing “Sundays at CTU” series. Steve Bevans, S.V.D., Louis J. Luzbetak Professor of Mission and Culture, presented the lecture “Reaching for Fidelity: What It Means to Be Catholic Today.”