Catholic Theological Union Professor Dr. C. Vanessa White Honored With Annual Award for Leadership and Achievement in Catechetical Ministry

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June 1, 2018

CHICAGO –Dr. C. Vanessa White, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry and chair of the department of Spirituality and Ministry at CTU, received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award yesterday evening, in recognition of outstanding wisdom, vision, and leadership serving the ministry of catechesis in Chicago and around the United States. Sadlier is a publishing company that for more than 185 years has been dedicated to forming students in the Catholic faith through their catechetical programs. Since 1980 it has given two annual awards that honor people whose outstanding leadership and achievements have advanced Catholic education or catechetical ministry. Dr. White received the award for catechetical ministry.

“Dr. White loves to form men and women for ministry,” remarked Ray Fagan, President and CEO of William Sadlier, Inc., at a reception held Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago during the annual National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. “She especially enjoys accompanying them as they discover how God is working in their lives and how they can best respond to God’s call, helping them to find their calling in ministry.”

A Secular Franciscan for more than 30 years, Dr. White is an experienced workshop presenter, retreat facilitator, spiritual director, and teacher. She is co-editor of Songs of the Heart and Meditations of the Soul, a book of prayers published by St. Anthony Messenger Press (2006) and has published numerous articles and essays in publications such as Horizon, The Journal of Black Catholic Theological Symposium, Daily Theology, The Bible Today, and U.S. Catholic Magazine. Dr. White works with Bishop Joseph N. Perry promoting the sainthood cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first American priest of African descent who identified as black.

In addition to honoring Dr. White, Sadlier honored Dr. Dale McDonald, PBVM. Director of Public Policy and Educational Research at the National Catholic Educational Association, Dr. McDonald received the Sadlier Award for distinguished leadership and outstanding achievements in Catholic education.


About Catholic Theological Union: CTU is a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry. Its mission is to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace. CTU’s 4,000 lay and vowed religious graduates are serving in 60 countries worldwide. Learn more at