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November 28, 2012

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.

June 22, 2012

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.

June 12, 2012

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.

May 21, 2012

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.

January 13, 2012

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:

November 10, 2011

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:

September 8, 2011

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.  

September 2, 2011

Dear Friends,

On September 26-29, 2011, the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (ATS) will conduct a decennial reaccreditation review of Catholic Theological Union.  ATS is the official accrediting body for the school and it conducts this comprehensive review every ten years for member schools.  Protocols for the visitation encourage the school being reviewed to notify its wider public about this process.

September 2, 2011

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.”

May 19, 2011

Are you, or is someone you know, a young adult discerning a life of service in the Church as a lay ecclesial minister, religious sister or brother, or priest?  Consider attending the Catholics on Call Young Adult Summer Conference 2011.  Geared towards 18-30-year-old contemplating lives of service, vocation, or ministry, Catholics on Call is currently accepting applications for their four-day summer conference.  The conference takes place at Catholic Theological Union, 5401 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, August 9-13, 2011.