Alums share their success stories
Mary LaMont (M.A. Word and Worship concentration '92)
"I have been teaching high school theology at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL for nearly 20 years now and have many very fond memories of my days working on my MA in Word and Worship at CTU. I work with a wonderful theology department of around 20 talented theologians who really care about their students and are committed to the transformative power of a program in theology for a high school student. A master's in theology is an expectation for a high school teacher of theology. Course work in education is also an important part of the preparation to be a teacher."
Sr. Antoine Thérèse Lawlor, IHM, (D.Min., '05)
"As a graduate of CTU (Doctor of Ministry, 2005) I rely on the education and spiritual formation I have received in ways that I might not have even dreamed possible when a student. Let me share some of them with you!
While working at my “day job” in the Pastoral Planning Office of the diocese of Camden, NJ, I have collaborated with staff for the design and execution of a merger process for parishes that corresponds to Vatican II and to the skills of practical theology. In two years, we have assisted 92 parishes to become 38 newly merged parishes. As director of Pastoral Priorities, I collaborate with both diocesan and parish leaders as we strive for vibrant parish life through various ministries.
My “night job” involves formation of Parish Pastoral Councils members around the diocese, especially in the new parishes that have been merged in the last two years. This leadership training work enables me to share some of the leadership skills I learned as a Bernardin Scholar. The late Cardinal of Chicago speaks to my audiences especially through his tool – Common Ground Initiative, and in the witness of my experience as a Bernardin Scholar.
My “side job” is definitely supported by the classes I attended at CTU. Last year I taught Scripture to the lay ministry formation group in the diocese. In that capacity I served as an adjunct professor for the College of St. Elizabeth. In the spring I taught Christology to the members of a deacon formation class. My strong immersion in Scripture provided me with the tools I needed to for both of these courses. Currently I moonlight as an adjunct professor at LaSalle University in Philadelphia and teach “Spiritual Classics” to graduate theology students. So much of what I did in spirituality classes at CTU has entered the syllabus for this course.
Since my graduation, I have been privileged to give talks, retreats, and presentations on a variety of topics which have called forth the wisdom and spiritual focus that I developed in my three years as a doctoral student at CTU.
Currently I am on the planning group with leaders from about seven dioceses for the CPPCD Conference which will be held at CTU from April 10 - 13, 2011. On Monday, April 11, I will participate in small panel sessions for which I have been invited to share some of the reconfiguration work we have done in the Camden diocese, with the international group of pastoral planners who will attend the conference. I look forward to returning to CTU for this event. Perhaps I will even encounter some of the current students at CTU during my visit!"