Hesburgh Sabbatical Program

Our Residential Sabbatical Program is back this September 1 – December 16, 2022

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 in the fall 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 HESBURGH SABBATICAL PROGRAM EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. There were so many components that made it a fabulous experience for me: the quality of our sessions, the international community, and the extra lectures and events that CTU has to offer. All of that in addition to everything that is at your disposal in Chicago – theaters, museums, parks, restaurants, and so much more.     — Debbie Hintz, Past participant


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.


CLICK HERE to view this year’s schedule of presenters.


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 Fall 2022 semester will be $11,625, 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.


Applications are due by July 15. We look forward to you joining us for the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program soon!

*costs subject to change without notice

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

Asterisks indicate which fields must be filled out before submitting. 

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    Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

If you do not hear from us within one week of submission, please contact Tim Crum at tcrum@ctu.edu.





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


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Tim Crum

Continuing Education