Hesburgh Renewal Program


March 7 – April 14, 2022

Mondays  – Thursdays, 9-10:30 am Central Time

The Hesburgh Renewal Program is a six-week online program beginning in March 2022 that fosters personal, professional and spiritual renewal through daily, 90-minute lectures featuring renowned CTU faculty and guest speakers. All are welcome, and sessions are recorded.


Participants can choose to craft this program according to their own needs and desires such as: a sabbatical, a retreat, a renewal or continuing education.


The program components include scripture, theology, liturgy, spirituality, and psychology. All modules are presented from a pastoral perspective to help participants reflect upon their past ministry experience as they plan for their future mission.



Modes of engagement include lecture, discussion, small group dialogue and theological reflection groups. In addition, Spiritual Direction will also be encouraged for those who desire further integration of the material.

Previous Presenters

Four Presentations on the Old Testament

How to Read the Bible
Biblical Grounding of Laudato Si
Dianne Bergant, OSA

Dianne Bergant, CSA is Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-1) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past thirty years. For more than twenty-five years she has been the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today, having been a member of the editorial board for twenty-five years. Five of these years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She wrote the weekly column The Word for America magazine (2002-5), reflections that have now been published by Paulist Press. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology and feminism.


The Psalms
Maribeth Howell, OP

Sister Maribeth, a Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. She completed a PhD and STD at the Catholic University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. For most of her religious life, Sr. Maribeth has taught Biblical Studies at Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO; St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, Wickliffe, OH; and the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO. She has also served as her Congregation’s Director of Formation, visiting her sisters in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. In addition to her work in academia, Sr. Maribeth has given talks, workshops and retreats to various parishes, dioceses, and religious congregations, and has published in a variety of journals and books. Sr. Maribeth is currently the program coordinator of the Together Program a joint program with the Religious Formation Conference and Catholic Theological Union.



Four Presentations on Theology

God and the Mystery of Suffering
Robin Ryan, CP

Robin Ryan is a Passionist priest and theologian who serves as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Theology program. He earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees at Catholic Theological Union. He received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America. He is the author or editor of several books, including God and the Mystery of Human Suffering (Paulist, 2011). Robin’s theological interests include the thought of Karl Rahner and Edward Schillebeeckx, the theology of redemption (soteriology), the mystery of suffering, and contemporary ecclesiological themes and issues.


Contemporary Ecclesiology I
Contemporary Ecclesiology II
Steve Bevans, SVD

Rev. Steven Bevans, SVD continues his work in the area of the Theology of Christian Mission and has recently completed an article in the missionary nature of the ecclesial mark of “catholicity” as part of an extended systematic reflection on a missionary ecclesiology. His current work includes research into Pope Francis’s thinking on inculturation and on his signature phrase “the culture of encounter.” Steve is a commissioner on the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, a member of the Society of the Divine Word’s Arnold Janssen Spirituality Team, and a member of his SVD Chicago Province’s Provincial Council. He serves also as the faculty advisor for CTU’s program of “Catholics on Call.” He is an editor of the Brill series “Theology of Mission in Global Christianity” and on the editorial board of the International Review of Mission.


Faith and Film: A New Stained Glass Window,
Antonio Sison, CPPS

Antonio D. Sison, CPPS, is committed to contextual, intercultural, and aesthetic approaches to doing systematic theology. His latest book is The Art of Indigenous Inculturation: Grace on the Edge of Genius (Orbis Books, Spring 2021), a cutting-edge exploration of the phenomenon of religious inculturation through the “aesthetics of liberation,” with case studies from Asian, African, and Latin American postcolonial contexts. He is also the author of the books The Sacred Foodways of Film (Pickwick, 2016), World Cinema, Theology and the Human (Routledge, 2012), Screening Schillebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); and a contributing author to a number of books and journals, including Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context, peer-reviewed journal of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea; and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and its Reception by Verlag Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany.


Four Presentations on Liturgy

Christian Initiation into a Journey of The Death of Christ
Liturgy in the Time of COVID
Richard Fragomeni

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and has been a member of the CTU faculty since 1990. His teaching involves him in Roman Catholic theology, interpretation theory, and poetry. His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to this work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart. Richard is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. He also serves as the Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago’s historic Little Italy.


The Catholic Imagination: Part 1 Sacramentality
The Catholic Imagination: Part II, Sacramental Liquidity
Ed Foley, Capuchin

Rev. Ed Foley,OFM Capuchin is trained in musical performance and liturgics, Ed’s teaching at CTU prodded him to develop as a practical theologian. In his understanding, practical theology is the contextual interface of experience, religious traditions and society for the transformation of church and world. He belongs to the Capuchin Franciscan Order, canonically recognized as a “mixed” community of lay and ordained friars of equal dignity. Ed believes this charism makes a distinctive contribution to a Church that is also “mixed” but sometimes struggles with the “equal dignity” part of that equation. Besides exercising practical theology as an educator at CTU and concurrently as adjunct at the University of Chicago, he preaches and presides at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago.



Four Presentations on Spirituality

A Fresh Look at Spirituality
Helen Cahill, OP

Sister Helen Cahill, OP is A Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Helen began her religious life more than sixty years ago as a Dominican of St. Catharine, KY. Initially a teacher, she served in the leadership of her original congregation for some twenty years and for as many years has been engaged in the ministry of spiritual formation/direction and supervision, workshop and retreat facilitation. Sister Helen has been engaged in formation ministry, particularly in the professional preparation and supervision of formators and in the area of ongoing formation for many years.


Jesus the Heart of Human Longing
Carol Johannes, OP

Sr. Carol Johannes, OP, has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and has conducted workshops, directed retreats, and led groups exploring issues of spirituality. She is a former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She says that “spiritual guides tell us that one of the greatest enemies of the community of believers is fear. Fear can make us unfree, unhappy and unholy. Unfortunately, fear is alive and well in today’s world. It encourages us to perceive the other as a threat and as an agent of all sorts of ugly things that might harm us. Perhaps it’s time to turn to the One who enjoined us not to fear, to ask to overcome our fear and respond to the other in love”.


Four Presentations on Psychology

Grief, Loss, Human Sexuality and The Road to Joy
Four presentations by Kevin McClone, PsyD

Dr. Kevin McClone is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified alcohol and drug counselor, and certified chaplain who has worked for over twenty five years in the health care field, including over ten years of hospice care experience. Kevin currently is the Director of the Institute for Sexuality Studies located on the campus of Catholic Theological Union where he has provided one month training programs on Healthy Sexuality for Ministry for formation and vocation personnel and tutored hundreds of religious and lay men and women from around the world for over ten years.



Four Presentations on New Testament

The Passion of Jesus According to Mark
The Passion of Jesus According to John
Donald Senior, CP


Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., is President Emeritus and Chancellor of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU), where he is also a member of the faculty as Professor of New Testament. Born in Philadelphia, he is a member of the Passionist Congregation and was ordained a priest in 1967. He received his doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1972, with advanced studies at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and Harvard University. He served as president of CTU for 23 years. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker throughout the United States and abroad, serves on numerous boards and commissions; and is actively involved in the interreligious dialogue, particularly with the Jewish and Muslim communities. Fr. Senior has published extensively on biblical topics, with numerous books and articles for both scholarly and popular audiences. He led numerous study tours of the Middle East


The Resurrection Narratives of Mark
The Resurrection Narratives of John
Barbara Reid, OP

Sr. Barbara Reid is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has served on the CTU faculty since 1988. She is the current President of CTU, and has served as Vice President and Academic Dean and has been actively involved in the Association of Theological Schools, including service on their Board of Directors. Sr. Barbara is one of the leading scholars in feminist interpretation of the Scriptures. She is General Editor for the Wisdom Commentary Series, a new 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible published by Liturgical Press (see www.wisdomcommentary.org, where her Introduction to the series can be downloaded gratis).


Presentations will be online live via zoom and recorded for review and available for asynchronous participants or for those who may have missed a session.


For information on group discounts of five or more individuals for the Hesburgh Renewal Program please contact Tim Crum at tcrum@ctu.edu.


Cost: $600

Access to a working computer using both audio and video components.

Ability to access zoom with capacity to use mute/un-mute, chat, and gallery settings. Instructions will be available for using this technology.

Bible for classes in both Old and New Testaments

Reading materials will be made available for each class on D2L.

Register online below or print the registration form here and mail it to Catholic Theological Union attention, Tim Crum.

  • Price: $600.00
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For information on group discounts of five or more individuals for the Hesburgh Renewal Program please contact Tim Crum at tcrum@ctu.edu.