Emmaus Formation

Maryellen Knuth, MAPS ’05
Director, Emmaus Formation for Ministry Program

The Emmaus Formation for Ministry Program is a spiritual and ministerial process for primarily lay women and men students, and those in the permanent Deaconate, as they prepare for challenging and exciting ministry and leadership vocations in the Church and beyond.  Participation in the Emmaus Program is a requirement for all full-time, part-time, and distance students enrolled in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, or Master of Arts in Ministry programs who are not members of religious communities. Formation at Catholic Theological Union is required of all students in their first graduate-level degree in theology. All CTU students are welcome to participate in Emmaus formation activities.


Emmaus integrates academic and personal experiences with the student’s religious traditions, and at the same time provides a support system for students who balance studies, family, work, and ministry. 


The Emmaus program draws inspiration from the remarkable post-resurrection journey of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke’s gospel (Lk. 24:13-35). The Emmaus Program journeys with students during their degree program at CTU and assists them in discovering and reflecting on the presence of Christ in their midst. Students’ human and spiritual formation is deepened through retreats and theological reflection groups. Fundamental themes and topics of Christian Spirituality and formation are incorporated into the Theological Reflection Groups and Retreats in a continuing three-year cycle exploring relationships with Self, God, Others and Creation.


The Emmaus Formation for Ministry Program begins during the student’s first year at CTU with a mandatory one-time Formation Introductory Workshop.  

For more information contact the Emmaus office:
Ph: 773.371.5447


Maryellen Knuth
Director, Emmaus Formation