A Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Cynthia “Sam” Bowns, MDiv ’12 (deceased)


In July of 2020, we were devastated to learn that Sam Bowns had passed away.  We join all those who knew Sam in mourning the loss of a beloved CTU Community member. 

A familiar face at CTU from her time in the Development Office, Sam Bowns devoted her energy in her final years to activism for the ordination of Women Deacons. She held a leadership role for the Congregation of St. Joseph in Cleveland, preached at multiple parishes throughout the Midwest and co-facilitated a retreat in San Francisco on “Women’s Restoration to the Diaconate,” the second of its kind. Her work and journey have been featured in the National Catholic Reporter, CatholicWomenPreach.com and on PBS.