CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL UNION ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY 2022 a partnership with the newly established Precious Blood Spirituality Institute (PBSI) sponsored by three religious communities: the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and the Sisters of the Precious Blood Sisters of Dayton, Ohio, who each draw their inspiration from devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus. The blood of Christ shed to give life to others is the spiritual foundation for the commitment of these Catholic religious communities to the work of justice and reconciliation. This unique Institute will collaborate with Catholic Theological Union to offer courses, workshops and support academic research that advance this distinct tradition in the church.

Kevin Considine, PhD, Director

The decision to establish the work of the Institute at CTU was based particularly on the prominent role that the late Fr. Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S. — himself a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood — had at the school. A brilliant and internationally recognized scholar and teacher, Schreiter focused his research on the integration of Catholicism within local cultures and, particularly, on the urgent mission of reconciliation in our modern world—a direct expression of his Precious Blood Spirituality. In his honor, the new Institute bears the official name: The Robert J. Schreiter, C.PP.S. Institute for Precious Blood Spirituality. The Schreiter Institute has become part of The Bernardin Center at CTU.

“We are thrilled to partner with the three Precious Blood communities to establish a new institute at CTU that promotes their charism of justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding,” said CTU president Sr. Barbara Reid, OP. “Named for our beloved colleague Robert J. Schreiter, of blessed memory, this Institute will ensure that his groundbreaking work, and that of his brothers and sisters, will endure into perpetuity and imbue our students, and all who attend the PBSI programs, with his legacy of mission and ministry, most especially needed in the world today.

Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., speaking on behalf of the PBSI, shared his excitement about the creation of the Robert J. Schreiter Precious Blood Institute at CTU and the naming of Kevin Considine as its inaugural director. “With the selection of Dr. Kevin Considine, PhD as the initial director of the Schreiter Institute, we are confident that we have found the person to lead the Schreiter Institute,” said Nordenbrock. “Dr. Considine not only has a solid grasp of the work of Robert Schreiter, he also has the necessary academic expertise to further the development of the theology and praxis of reconciliation, as an important element of our Precious Blood Spirituality. “

Considine, began this role in July 2022, returning to CTU as an alumnus and an adjunct professor of Spirituality.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the inaugural Director of the Schreiter Institute”, commented Considine.  I knew Fr. Schreiter for more than 15 years, was mentored by him, and look forward to the challenge of integrating the Precious Blood’s spirituality of reconciliation and peacemaking into the curriculum and life-blood of CTU.”