A Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Harambee Celebration – Honoring C. Vanessa White



Join us for an evening of prayer & celebration to support the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union.


Keeping the Legacy Alive, honoring Dr. C. Vanessa White, Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Ministry for 18 years of dedicated service as Director of the August Tolton Scholars Program at CTU.


Reservations $75 per person.

CTU Student discounted ticket $40. Enter code STUDENTS to redeem.


Harambee Sponsorship Levels

Pope Saint Gelasius 8 seats and 6 raffle $5,000 and above


Sr. Thea Bowman 6 seats and 6 raffle $1,000 up to $4,999
Saint Anthony of Egypt 4 seats and 6 raffle $500 up to $999
Saint Martin De Porres 2 seats and 1 raffle $250 up to $499
Saint Katharine Drexel 1 raffle ticket $100 up to $249

Click here to RSVP Online by Friday, February 23

Printable Harambee Registration and Sponsorship Form

Dr. C. Vanessa White is Past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, an interdisciplinary theological association of Black Catholic theologians and scholars and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. A Secular Franciscan (over 30 years). Dr. White works with Bishop Joseph N. Perry (postulator for the cause) promoting the cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton and in coordinating annual pilgrimages to the birthplace, ministerial site, and burial site of Fr. Augustus Tolton. She serves as an advisor/consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. The subcommittee assists the US bishops in reviewing and approving certification standards and procedures to be used by arch/dioceses and national organizations in the certification of specialized ecclesial ministers.

Dr. White received the Juan Diego Award for Distinguished Service in the Church from the National Association of Lay Ministry in 2015 as well as the Augustus Tolton Award for Ministerial Service in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002.

An experienced workshop presenter, retreat facilitator, spiritual director and teacher, Dr. White’s areas of research focus on the intersections of spirituality and ministry, spiritual practice, health, women’s spirituality, diversity/intercultural dialogue, leadership development, spiritual and ministry formation, lay ministry and adult faith formation, leadership, youth and young adult ministry and issues pertinent to the spiritual and pastoral life of African Americans.