Catholic Theological Union

Catholic Theological Union
Latin: Unio Catholica Theologica
Motto Preparing effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ's good news of justice, love, and peace.
Type Private, Seminary
Established 1968
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Endowment $44 million (2015-2016)[1]
Chancellor The Reverend Donald P. Senior, C.P., S.T.D.
President The Very Reverend Mark R. Francis, C.S.V., S.L.D.
Dean Sister Barbara E. Reid, O.P., Ph.D.
Academic staff
23 full-time, 8 part-time, 11 adjunct, 4 visiting[2][3]
Administrative staff
Postgraduates ca. 304[5]
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), DePaul University, Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, University of Chicago Divinity School

Catholic Theological Union (CTU), located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, is one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology in the English speaking world and trains men and women for lay and ordained ministry within the Roman Catholic Church.[6] It was founded in 1968, when three religious institutes united their separate theology programs to form one school.


Since its inception, CTU has been blessed with a rich diversity reflecting the global church itself: a student body representing forty-six countries worldwide; religious order seminarians, sisters, and brothers and lay women and men; students of varying ages and backgrounds. Its distinguished Catholic faculty also includes scholars from the Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. And over the years CTU’s programs have expanded to address the intercultural needs of the Church in an increasingly global society.

CTU alums now number more than 4,000 serving the Church across the United States and in sixty countries worldwide. They work in parishes, homeless shelters, prisons, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, gang ministry, hospices, social service organizations, and myriad other ministry settings.

CTU is also home to The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry (in honor of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin). Its many initiatives include the Catholic Common Ground Initiative (CCGI), the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program (the Perelmuter Conferences and Shapiro Lectures), the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, Catholics on Call, the In Good Faith interreligious dialogue programs, the Peacebuilders Initiative (2003-2015), as well as several established faculty chair appointments.

In addition, CTU is home to the Biblical Study and Travel Programs, the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program, the Institute of Religious Formation, and the Summer Institute.

The faculty is composed of a variety of religious affiliations: Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and Muslim. The student body is multi-ethnic and international in composition, and graduates of the school minister in a large variety of ways throughout the world.

Additionally, the school has been continuously accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) since 1972.[7]

Degree Programs

CTU offers several different degree programs, to serve a variety of students' needs: the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Arts (Theology) [M.A.], and the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), as well as a myriad of professional/specialized degree programs, including the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.), the Master of Arts in Biblical Ministry (M.A.-B.M.), the Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (M.A.-H.T.M.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministry (M.A.-I.C.M.), the Master of Arts in Justice Ministry (M.A.-J.M.), the Master of Arts in Liturgical Ministry (M.A.-LIT), and the Master of Arts in Spiritual Ministry (M.A.-SpM). The school also offers several certificates in a variety of theological and ministerial areas. Finally, many of the programs are available in a distance learning format for those students in other parts of the country or the world.

Roman Catholic Religious Orders Associated with Catholic Theological Union

Programs and Centers of Catholic Theological Union

Notable Faculty



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