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Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Theological Union is to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace.


In concert with our sponsoring religious communities, our founding mission is the academic and pastoral preparation of religious order candidates for the ordained priesthood and support for the formation and continuing education efforts of these religious communities.

Moreover, as a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry, we are dedicated to offering quality theological education and ongoing formation for laity, religious, and clergy who are preparing for or who are already engaged in ministry in the United States and around the world.

As an intercultural community of faith and learning, we seek to bring the richness of the Roman Catholic tradition, teaching, and practice to our students, to the broader Church, and to the public. We accomplish this through our graduate degree programs, our faculty, our programs for youth and young adults, and a variety of other educational opportunities and resources.

In communion with the Church, we are committed to ecumenism as well as interreligious dialogue, particularly with the Jewish and Muslim communities, and we welcome students from those communities who are seeking to study in a Catholic context.

We strive to accomplish this mission in a community environment composed of religious, clergy, and lay women and men who mirror the local and global Catholic Church in all its vibrant diversity.

Approved by CTU Corporation, April 29, 2010