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Continuing Education and Formation Programs

Continuing Education is offered at Catholic Theological Union to enhance understanding of the Catholic faith, to further professional development or to prepare for transition to a new ministry. Catholic Theological Union’s Continuing Education program offers a flexible course of study that can be handcrafted to meet your personal needs. Without program requirements, Continuing Education students may choose to audit any number of courses for continuing education units or to take them for credit. Upon admission, you may even choose to design an individualized sabbatical with the advisement of the Program Director. This year might include participation in formation opportunities throughout the year, study in the Holy Land, courses and workshops in the Summer Institute and participation in the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program


Faith-based formation for leadership

Catholic Theological Union also has the capacity to develop tailored formation programs for your group, parish or organization. For example, in April 2013, Catholic Theological Union welcomed the first cohort of executives from the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation (FSCSC) to a formation program for leadership team. Learn more about Faith-based formation for leadership.  

Join the internationally renowned faculty of Catholic Theological Union for an experience in the Holy Lands of the Bible unlike any other.


Stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and watch the early morning fishing boats. Climb the Mount of Olives and stand before the panorama that is the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk the streets of Ephesus and imagine Paul preaching there. Stand on the Areopagus in Athens, overshadowed by the Parthenon, and ponder the origins of early Christianity.


For more than 30 years, CTU Bible faculty have led Biblical Study and Travel Programs. This year’s program will be guided by Bro. John R. Barker, OFM, Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies. The program has two parts: a pre-trip online seminar, and a three-week travel seminar.


Encountering the Bible Lands, Part A

Prior to the travel seminar, an online course introduces participants to the history, geography, and archaeology of the ancient Biblical world. Students learn that acquaintance with nonliterary sources has important implications for our understanding of the Biblical text. This course may be taken for graduate- level credit at no additional cost.

Encountering the Bible Lands, Part B

Bro. John R. Barker, OFM, will present significant historical and biblical information at each site.

Program cost is $6,475 including airfare. Based on double occupancy and includes half-board, entrance fees, gratuities, guiding, ground transportation, and round trip airfare from Chicago. Does not include lunches, drinks, visas, or any expenses incurred for events outside of the scheduled program. Single occupancy, where possible, is an additional $1,275. Optional graduate academic credit is available without extra cost. Non-refundable deposit of $300 due with application (deducted from total). Scholarships available for students taking the program for credit. For more information, contact Ferdinand Okorie, CMF, Director of Biblical Study and Travel Programs, at: ctutravel@ctu.edu or 773.371.5521 

Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020

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A Collaborative for Theological Education, Formation, and Community, cosponsored by Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and the Religious Formation Conference (RFC) will be offered as a pilot program beginning with the Fall semester, 2018. Roman Catholic Sisters and Brothers who are currently in formation and have completed their canonical novitiate year are invited to participate. Participants will enroll in a graduate theology program at CTU, share community in a designated space in the residence hall, and participate in ongoing formation together as an intercongregational, intercultural, and intergenerational cohort.