IN-PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2019, CTU was pleased to celebrate the 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2022, once again at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation. Fifty-two graduates from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022, together representing twenty countries, received certificates or Master level degrees in the areas of Biblical Ministry; Hispanic Theology and Ministry; Intercultural Studies and Ministry; Justice Ministry; Liturgical Ministry; Spiritual Ministry; Pastoral Studies; Ministry; and Theology. Twenty-one received Master of Divinity degreed and seven received Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Before the conferral of degrees, student representative and MDiv recipient Emily Davis spoke of Christ’s simple command in the Gospel of John 21:15-17: “Do you love me? Feed my sheep.”
Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, received a Doctorate in Theology, honoris causa and Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI received a Doctorate in Ministry, honoris causa. In their commencement addresses, both spoke emphatically about working collaboratively for justice.
Orobator, a pioneer of African Catholic theology, shared stories of a childhood bogeyman native to his culture: Otutu. He called all who were present to recognize the ever-growing Otutu of our present generation – war, disease, hunger, and terrorism – and to link arms in the work of lighting the way out of darkness:
Such cruel assaults on human lives are the depressingly familiar Otutu of our times that hurt, distort and violate the dignity of each person created in the image and likeness of God. Happily, today, we are witnessing a different reality, as we celebrate the graduating class of 2022. Friends, by your accomplishment, you offer a different vision for the world, as proud samples of this globally recognised academic institution, imbued with an ecumenical spirit, powered by collaboration, and designed for theological and ministerial excellence in the church and in the world.
Maya, a devoted educator on both sides of the Mexican-American border, spoke of bridges, their building and their crossing. She girded the graduates for the necessarily courageous work of crossing bridges to places, people, and ideas unfamiliar to them.
Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ
Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI
We draw bridges; we create bridges because we love. That is our mission as ministers of the Reign of God. Our particular kind of bridge-building requires collaboration and dialogue to kindle, nourish, build, encourage, and foster unity. As committed people of faith, we must engage in the art of bridge-building because we know that we are called to be one.
Yet we must understand that building the bridge is not enough. You can build bridges, but not everyone crosses them! True, but if there is no bridge, even fewer people will cross…
The future of humanity demands new architects who will create the bridges that will save us and our planet. Bridge building has to be a skill of anyone in ministry today. You are the architects, the engineers, and the artists who will bridge, who will cross, who will invite others over and over again.
The Commencement ceremony can be viewed on Learn@CTU.