Hesburgh Sabbatical Program

Crafted for ministers in the Church, the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program is a curriculum-centered, community-based, holistic sabbatical that fosters both personal and professional renewal and provides continuing formation. Men and women from around the world come to beautiful Chicago for four months – fall or spring semester – to rest, to study, to enjoy, and to share their experiences and learn from others who are in ministry today.


With more than 2,500 alumni, the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program has provided renewal for clergy, religious, and lay ministers for more than 30 years. Read below for a description of the program components.


The Eucharist is celebrated daily at CTU. Enhance your experience by engaging in the opportunities available for spiritual direction and theological reflection.


Sabbatical participants can also audit one course at CTU for free and will also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their participation in the program. 


Learning modules, presented by members of CTU’s exceptional faculty, as well as visiting experts, provide rich avenues for exploration. Regular presenters include Don Senior, CP, Barbara Reid, OP, Robert Schreiter, CPPS, Tony Gittins, CSSp, Br. Loughlan Sofield, ST, Laurie Brink, OP, and Maria Cimperman, RSCJ.


All modules are presented from a pastoral perspective to help participants reflect upon their past ministry experience, while preparing for their next ministry. 


CTU events sponsored by numerous programs are available to Hesburgh participants.


The Hyde Park neighborhood, a culturally, religiously, and racially diverse section of Chicago in a tranquil lakefront setting, is home to five post-graduate schools of theology and the University of Chicago, which offers additional opportunities for enrichment.


The neighborhood is an ideal place for a sabbatical that is both a respite and a time of exploration.

Costs and Application

The tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $10,980.00 per semester, which includes all learning modules as well as room and board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and any required classroom or program supplies. If you require an F-1 US student visa, please note that there are costs associated with this process, including a $200 SEVIS fee paid directly to the US government.


About Room and Board

The program is housed in the CTU Residence Hall and Center located at 5401 S. Cornell Avenue. This building was the former Aragon Hotel and has now been restored to its classic original architecture with updated modern amenities.

  • Each program participant is provided a spacious private room that is fully furnished. Each room has a private bath, a large closet, a telephone, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heat.
  • Bed linens and towels are supplied by the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program and laundered and returned weekly by CTU’s housekeeping staff.


Sabbatical participants generally take lunch and supper in the CTU cafeteria on the first floor of the Residence Hall, while breakfast is served continental-style in the Hesburgh Kitchen and Lounge. 



Apply for the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program below or download the pdf application here. The Hesburgh Confidential Recommendation Form can be downloaded here and should be emailed to hesburgh@ctu.edu or postmarked to:

Hesburgh Sabbatical Program

Catholic Theological Union

5401 S. Cornell Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615


We look forward to you joining us for the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program soon!

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Lucianne Siers
Director of the Institute of Religious Formation and Hesburgh Sabbatical Program


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