CTU is fortunate to attract many dynamic people of faith who bless our community with creativity, strength and vision. We are excited to announce the launch of Portraits, a regular online profile––text or video––of a current student, alumnus, staff, or faculty member. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us a little better! Check back regularly for a new Portrait.
Stephanie Cherpak, Matthew Dougherty, OPraem, and Bernadette Raspante each came to CTU with different backgrounds, goals, and ambitions, but over the past year their efforts have coalesced to found Theophilus: The Student Journal of the Catholic Theological Union. For all three young editors, the journal represents a desire to foster a spirit of dialogue and debate in the CTU community and beyond.
The most important moments in life are often the ones we don’t see coming. For Craig Gould, CTU’s Director of Catholics on Call and the Peacebuilders Initiative, one of those moments was the passing of his father from a sudden heart attack when Craig was just 13 years old.
“I think I matured very quickly,” he said. “And it started me on a process of asking deeper questions. My friends would party on the weekends, but I thought all that stuff was kind of boring and meaningless. I was mindful of doing things with my life that were meaningful.”
“I will be like him,” a young Julius Katjipa said to himself, referring to a local priest who was his greatest inspiration. The teachers in his hometown of Windhoek, Namibia – the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart – also inspired him with their spirit of kindness and hospitality. Something more than childlike admiration, however, was revealing itself.
If history had repeated itself, Sr. Sisilia Soelistyane, S.Sp.S., a newly appointed formator for her province in Indonesia, would have gone to Ghana for training. Instead, Sr. Sisilia was asked to be the first in her local community to train in the United States. She was nervous, but wanted to open her heart to what was being asked of her. Now a student at the Institute of Religious Formation (IRF) in Chicago, Sr. Sisilia’s life is unfolding in whole new ways. “Coming here is like nine months in the womb,” she said. “It’s nine months of learning.”
For CTU alumnus Rev. Eddie DeLeón, C.M.F., preparing for Sunday Mass recently became a more daunting, but rewarding experience. “When I preach at Mass, there are world-renowned Scripture scholars in the audience, as well as the dean of the Yale Divinity School,” Fr. DeLeón said, smiling. “Not to mention, students may fact-check my homily!”