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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.

February 9, 2015

Julie Welborn, MDiv 2002, a former Tolton Scholar who is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree at CTU, is passionate about facilitating authentic encounters with God. Julie’s role as Director of Catholic Identity and Mission in the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, in addition to her love of leading retreats, preaching, teaching, and even baking, all exercise her gift for creating experiences that are nourishing to mind, heart, and soul, and foster transformation.

November 12, 2014

After receiving his MA in Justice Ministry from CTU in 2013, Tim Masterton unexpectedly found a position at WTTW, Chicago’s local public broadcasting station. As WTTW’s Manager of On-Air Fundraising Operations, Tim stepped away from a traditional ministerial role, opting instead to employ the skills he developed at CTU to public television’s own mission of service. He cites the spirit of openness, understanding, and dialogue that he was encouraged to cultivate at CTU as a strong foundation for his success in the position.

August 22, 2014
“When you say ‘yes’ to God, you find yourself in some very interesting places,” Nan reflects with a mixture of laughter and wonder at the unexpected paths her life has taken. Nan grew up in Glendale, Calif., and despite being a true “California girl” she fell in love with Paul, her future husband, who was from the Midwest. Business eventually called him back to Indiana, a place that Nan remembers him describing as “cold, but not like the tundra.” More than one subsequent Midwest winter challenged Paul’s description.
June 16, 2014
You might say that Madeleine Moya’s life unfolded in a way that is familiar to many Catholic women. As a child, she felt close to the Church. There were times when she wondered whether she was called to be a nun. In college, her connection to the Church waned. Her degree led to a career in the information systems industry. She met a wonderful man, Dean, and they decided to marry.
April 11, 2014

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.

February 4, 2014

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.”

November 21, 2013
When I first came to the U.S., I realized the need for Hispanic ministers to serve the country’s growing Hispanic population. I returned to Mexico with this in my mind and heart, and decided to see if my realization was a call from God or just a crazy idea.
June 3, 2013

“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.

May 31, 2013
Growing up in a family of six on the edge of Dachau, Germany, CTU staff member Birgit Oberhofer learned that you don’t need much to live a meaningful life. The family made do on her father’s teacher salary, and Birgit said she and her siblings were given choices about their lifestyle. “My parents would say, ‘Do you want to eat meat every day, or do you want to be able to go on a vacation this summer?’” Birgit said. “We couldn’t have everything, but I always had what I needed.”
April 5, 2013
After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago in 2007 and moving to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Brendan Dowd unexpectedly found himself in a “ministry of listening,” as he called it. His post was a long-term care hospital where he visited with patients and their families, coordinated art classes and outings, distributed Communion, helped patients write letters to loved ones, but most importantly, lent an ear to their thoughts and feelings.