Gilberto Cavazos-González, OFM, has returned to CTU as John Duns Scotus Chair of Franciscan Spirituality, and has led two recent retreats for high school students and young adults.

Roger Schroeder, SVD, gave two 4-hour ZOOM sessions on November 2 and 22, 2022, for thirty-five non-denominational Chinese evangelists (most living in China) on: “Christianity in Asia: 1500-1800/ Colonialism, Progress and Mission: 1800-1900” and “Post-Christian West and Non-Western Christians in the 20th Century (1900 – 2000).” This material was drawn from Schroeder’s new book Christian Tradition in Global Perspective. In September, he was appointed the Director of the MDiv Program at CTU. He attended the annual conference of the Midwest Mission Studies Fellowship via ZOOM on the topic of “Disability’s Good News for God’s Mission” on November 5 and served as a consultant for the Diversity Committee of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana, January 21, 2023.


Richard E. McCarron, PhD‘s, review of Antonio Eduardo Alonso’s Commodified Communion: Eucharist, Consumer Culture, and the Practice of Everyday Life, was published in Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology 24, no. 2 (2022): 311-315. Article 14 available HERE.

Steven P. Millies, PhD has written several articles for The Hill, and has been quoted in multiple articles published through the Associated Press. He also appeared on Chicago Tonight (WTTW) on January 5 to discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

Carmen Nanko-Fernández, DMin published a series of articles in Commonweal, and contributed to US Catholic’s homily collection for the Feast of the Epiphany.

Fr. Donald Senior, CP ✝ of blessed memory. Fr. Don’s most recent book, What Does the Bible Say About Inclusion? was released on January 8. 2023.

vănThanh Nguyễn, SVD, published two articles: “Missio Dei as the Hermeneutical Lens for Reading the Bible,” Verbum SVD 63.2 (3.2022): 266-275 and “Paul’s Conversion and Commission,” Give Us This Day (January 22-28, 2023): 225-227. He gave a keynote address titled, “Vocation in the Age of Migration: Equipping the Saints for Mission and Ministry” at the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) on November 4, 2022, in Spokane, Washington, and he gave a Parish Mission Revival titled, “Being Catholic Post-Covid-19 Pandemic,” on October 23, 24, and 25 at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, Illinois. He gave a closing remark to Michael Gorman’s talk at the Sherer Lecture on October 4, 2022 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Illinois.

Antonio D. Sison, CPPS, gave a presentation entitled “Ancestral Miracles: Catholic Faith, Indigenous Genius” co-sponsored by the Chicago Field Museum Department of Anthropology co-curation team and the Holy Name Cathedral Filipino Network last October 1 at the museum, which was followed by a book signing event of his latest work The Art of Indigenous Inculturation: Grace on the Edge of Genius (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021). Ton also contributed two book cover endorsements: Stephan van Erp and Daniel Minch, eds., T&T Clark Reader in Edward Schillebeeckx (New York: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury,2023); Volker Küster, The Many Faces of Jesus Christ: Intercultural Christology, rev. ed. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2023).

C. Vanessa White, DMin  was a contributor to the first print edition of collected Catholic Women Preach reflections, and preached at the book launch event for the collection in December. She gave a plenary presentation for the intercontinental stage of the synodal process in North America as a delegate representative, and gave both an opening plenary address – “Resilience in Ministry” – and a workshop – “Spiritual Practices for Today” – at the annual conference for the Association of Theological Field Educators.

Kris Veldheer, co-authored two articles: the first with Yasmine Abou El-Kheir, “Learning Analytics and the Library: Using the Data you Collect to Address Student Learning Outcomes and Tell the Library’s Story,” in Atla Summary of Proceedings, Seventy Six Annual Conference of Atla, ed. Derek J. Rieckens, (Chicago: American Theological Library Association, 2022), 173-181; and the second, Kelly D. Campbell and Kris Veldheer, “The Dramatic Shifts in Theological Education: A Grounded Theory Approach,” in Borderlands of Theological Education, eds. Joshua B. Davis and Deirdre J. Good, (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2022), 83-112.


Fr. Edward Foley, OFM Cap, Duns Scotus Professor Emeritus of Spirituality, founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program, and Director of the Preaching with the Sciences initiative has been awarded the 28th Annual Great Preacher Award from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Established in 1995, the Great Preacher Award is presented to individuals who embody the “Holy Preaching” which Dominicans understand as a comprehensive and dynamic response to God’s presence in our lives and in the world. We honor preachers who proclaim, in word and deed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming and presence of the reign of God.

Foley was honored with the 2023 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence by Barry University in January 2023.


CTU President Emeritus Mark Francis, CSV was installed on December 11, as the 19th Provincial Superior of the Viatorian Province of Chicago.

Father Francis earned his MDiv and MA from CTU in 1982 and returned to teach liturgy in 1987. He served as President from 2013-2020. Fr. Francis was Superior General of the worldwide Viatorian Community for two, six-year terms, until 2012, and has served on the Viatorian Provincial Council since 2017.

Alongside Fr. Francis, the new Provincial Council was celebrated (pictured).

Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV Provincial Superior
Rev. Richard A. Rinn, CSV. Assistant Provincial (not pictured)
Rev. Thomas R. von Behren, CSV Provincial Treasurer
Br. Michael T. Gosch, CSV Provincial Councilor
Rev. Edgar Suárez, CSV Provincial Councilor