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CTU has attracted a number of distinguished national centers and programs. There are three programs/centers that are sponsored by CTU – the Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry, the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program, and the Institute of Religious Formation. They add to the richness of the CTU community. In addition, the CTU campus is home to the following independent centers: the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, National Coalition for Church Vocations, National Religious Vocation Conference, and the Religious Brothers Conference.

Center for the Study of Consecrated Life
Catholic Theological Union
5401 S Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615

Resources for the Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis Letter for the Year of Consecrated Life (November 30, 2014)

Rejoice! - A letter to consecrated men and women by the Congregation for Insititues of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Two courses will be taught each year at CTU — one that is general in focus and one on a specific topic in
religious life:
• On campus, fall 2014: The Global Call of Religious Life
• Online, spring 2015: Spirituality of Religious Life (S5011-1)

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The Work of the Center

Religious communities are a vital presence in today’s global Church. With new forms of consecrated life also emerging, there is a compelling need for a Center where the theology, spirituality, and history of religious life can be studied, and where collaboration, dialogue, and creativity will yield valuable resources for religious communities worldwide.

Winter Potluck & Christmas Tree Decorating


STARTS: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM
ENDS: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615 (see map)
3rd Floor, Atrium

Calling all elves! Help decorate CTU's tree! Come for lunch! Bring something to share!  Please contact Sam at to coordinate what we are bringing!

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It is with great sorrow that the CTU community mourns the passing of two of our alumni, Fr. John Ssenyondo, MCCJ, and Fr. Joseph Minh Nguyen, SVD.

In April 2013, Catholic Theological Union welcomed the first cohort of executives from the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation (FSCSC) to a formation program for leadership teams that explored:

Mass of Remembrance for all of Our Dead


STARTS: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM
ENDS: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

5416 S. Cornell Avenue (see map)

During November, we remember in a special way all of our deceased family and friends, faculty, staff, benefactors and alums. The CTU community will celebrate a special All School Mass on November 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the 210 Assembly Hall.

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