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.  Participation in the Emmaus Program is a requirement for all 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.


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, ministry, and commute long distances.


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 time 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 which invite them to reflect on their sense of service to the community and to the universal church.


·      Catholic Theological Union requires that each student in the Emmaus Formation for Ministry Program participate in two meetings each year (fall/spring) with a formator to create and review the student’s formation needs and goals for the year.

·      Attend two retreats per year.

·      Participate in a Theological Reflection group two semesters each year in the basic three-year cycle.

·      Meet on a regular basis with a qualified Spiritual Director.


After six semesters students will participate in one Emmaus activity a year, meet with a formator each semester, and participate in ongoing Spiritual Direction. For additional information on thie program download this flyer.


For more information contact the Emmaus office:
Ph: 773.371.5447


Maryellen Knuth
Director, Emmaus Formation