Sundays@CTU Trinitarian Anniversary

Our fall Sunday@CTU lecture and liturgy series celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Missions) and featured a presentation by William Portier, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Dayton, “From Lay Apostles to Missionary Disciples: Rev. Thomas A. Judge, CM and the Future of Catholic Laity”

Bernardin Center: A Special 25th Anniversary

In November, the Bernardin Center commemorated the 25th anniversary of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s passage to eternity with a panel discussion exploring our hopes for a better future in the light of Cardinal Bernardin’s legacy, Remembering the Past, Facing the Present, Hoping for the Future. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Steven P. Millies, and panelists included Julie Hanlon Rubio, Gloria Purvis, Michael O’Loughlin and Dr. Malka Zeiger Simkovich.

Hidden Mercy Book Launch

Over one hundred attendees gathered in December as the Bernardin Center hosted a book launch for Michael O’Loughlin’s latest book, Hidden Mercy. Set against the backdrop of the HIV and AIDS epidemic of the late twentieth century and the Catholic Church’s crackdown on gay and lesbian activists, journalist Michael O’Loughlin searches out the untold stories of those who didn’t look away, who at great personal cost chose compassion–even as he seeks insight for LGBTQ people of faith struggling to find a home in religious communities today.

Sundays@CTU Schrieter Memorial

On January 23 the CTU and Precious Blood communities gathered to remember Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS with a memorial mass and special reflections by Rev. Stephen Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus and Dr. Susan Abraham, MA ’95, Professor of Theology and Postcolonial Cultures, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Pacific School of Religion. Following the liturgy, Sr. Mi-Kyoung Hwang, DMin ’18, a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood Dayton community, presented A Spirituality of Reconciliation: Robert Schreiter, a Reconciling Presence in Integrity of Heart.

Fat Luther, Slim Pickins Book Launch

On April 1, the Bernardin Center hosted Shannon Wimp Schmidt, MAPS ’19 and Marcia Lane-McGee, cohosts of the Plaid Skirts and Basic Black podcast, to celebrate the launch of their new book with Ave Maria Press, Fat Luther, Slim Pickins: A Black Catholic Celebration of Faith, Tradition, and Diversity. Shannon and Marcia recorded the first ever live episode of their podcast during the event, and CTU is pleased to be sponsoring the remainder of the podcast’s season.

Religious Life and the Entire Church Encountering Synodality

On March 28, CTU was honored to host Sr. Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ, Under-Secretary for the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, for an event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL) titled, Religious Life and the Entire Church Engaging Synodality, moderated by Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, who herself has been nominated by the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) to a four-person team that created a process for religious congregations to engage with the synodal process.

Faculty Promotion Ceremony

On March 27, CTU celebrated the promotion of two members of the faculty: Steven P. Millies, PhD to Full Professor of Public Theology, and Br. Antonio Sison, CPPS to Full Professor of Systematic Theology and Vatican Council II Chair in Theology.

Perelmuter Conference and Spring Shapiro Lecture

The Annual Perelmuter Conference returned in-person this year, with the theme Competing Identities: Practice and Faith in the Public and Private Squares. This year’s Spring Shapiro Lecture – Insiders, Outsiders and In Between: The Jews of Medieval Europe – was presented by Dr. Elisheva Baumgarten of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Taste of CTU

Taste of CTU returned this year with performances and food from numerous countries and cultures represented by CTU’s student body, staff, and faculty.


Fall Shapiro Lecture
Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler, Duke University gave the Fall Shapiro lecture entitled, The Bible With and Without Jesus. This lecture explored what we might learn from discussing the differences and commonalities in interpretation of the Bible that Jews and Christians share, and how these differences and similarities might be appreciated and celebrated.  LEARN MORE

Luzbetak Lecture
Dr. Peter C. Phan of Georgetown University gave the annual lecture on missiology entitled Pope Francis’s Ecological Theology in Dialogue with Asian Religions.The lecture reflected on the challenges of ecological destruction, and examined the teaching of Pope Francis on the necessity of preserving our common home, especially in his Laudato Si’ and Querida Amazonia.  LEARN MORE

Holocaust Lecture Series
The Catholic-Jewish Studies program hosted its annual Holocaust Rememberance Lecture Series. On May 11, Rabbi Yehiel Poupko gave a lecture titled “Some Perspectives on the Destruction of European Jewry,” and concluded his talk by reading some of his latest poetry. The following weekend, a group of students and CTU supporters participated in a trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The series concluded with a presentation from a Holocaust survivor and friend of CTU, Dr. Adina Sella. RABBI YEHIEL POUPKO LINK   ADINA SELLA LINK

Man of Dialogue Book Launch
On March 1, the Bernardin Center hosted author Gregory K. Hillis, PhD to celebrate the launch of his book Man of Dialogue: Thomas Merton’s Catholic Vision.   LEARN MORE

Winter Shapiro Lecture
The 2022 Winter Shapiro lecture was given by Dr. Laura Arnold Leibman, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. Her talk, Voices of Rebellion: Christians and Jews in the Barbadian Battle for Rights, explored the life of Isaac Lopez Brandon and other Barbadian Jews.  LEARN MORE

Tolton Lecture
The Annual Tolton Lecture was given on February 28 by Dr. Nat Samuel, Assistant Professor of Liberation Theology at the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago. His lecture, Philoctete’s Wound: Black Caribbean Religious Art and the (Re)presentation of a Catholic Mysticism, examined the artwork of leading Caribbean muralist Sir Dunstan St. Omer to expand the canon of liberative theology and extrapolate critical insight for a contemporary Black Catholic mysticism.   LEARN MORE

Seeking Convivencia
Seeking Convivencia was an online two-part series on Zoom sponsored by the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program and the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program at CTU. The first lecture, At the Intersections of Islam and Latinidad Yesterday and Today, featured a lively discussion with Dr. Harold Morales and Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz on the complex and ongoing history of relations between Muslims and Christians in Al-Andalus, Latin America, and Latin@ USA. The second lecture, Interreligious Dialogue as Lived Practice, featured Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan and Marta Felicitas Galedary who discussed shared exchanges in daily life, cooperative actions for justice, and grassroots contexts that nurture mutual respect and understanding between Muslims and Christians.   LEARN MORE

Beyond the Left and Right
Both in the Catholic Church and in the world, public discourse has become all the more difficult due to polarization and ideological divide. In a world that has moved beyond conservative or liberal, how do we approach public life as people of faith? What are the particular ideological clashes? And how do we navigate this changing landscape? On February 22, the Bernardin Center hosted a lively dialogue that addressed these questions and more at the event Beyond the Left and Right: Mapping Ideology for a Better Kind of Politics.   LEARN MORE

Tolton Panel: Why Black Catholics Are Leaving the Church
On February 17, the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program held a panel titled Where Have All the Black Catholics Gone? moderated by Dr. Kimberly Lymore, Director of the Tolton Program. Speakers included Dr. Ansel Augustine, Director of the Office of Black Catholics in New Orleans who works with Youthand Young Adults; Rev. Michael Trail, Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chicago; and Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley, an active minister in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, a retired nurse, and a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.   LEARN MORE

Duns Scotus Lecture and Workshop
The 2022 Duns Scotus lecture was given on February 3 by Darleen Pryds, Associate Professor of History and Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego. Her lecture, Laity as Co-Creators of the Franciscan Tradition, was accompanied by a workshop the following day entitled, Franciscan Leadership: Cultivating Interdependence in a World Managed by Hierarchy and Algorithms.   LEARN MORE