Online Learning For Connected Ministry

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Summer@CTU 2020 has adapted our course offerings online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to explore our courses and workshops which feature CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Now more than ever we need to come together for study and reflection to create meaningful faith-based and pastoral responses to changing global and ecclesial realities. 


If you have never experienced online learning before, your online course or workshop may include the following elements: prerecorded videos of lectures, required and recommended readings, links to external sources and discussion boards. Some courses and workshops will include live class time with faculty, while others will not. CTU uses a private educational platform, D2L, for each course or workshop. Technology professionals will be available to help you with any questions.

Our summer offerings include the following series: (or, emphasize the following themes:)

  • Women’s Voices
  • Encountering Jesus
  • Lay Leadership
  • Social Justice
  • Pastoral Workshops in Spanish

Summer@CTU 2020 Course Descriptions

Summer@CTU 2020 Course Listings 

Summer@CTU 2020 Book List

For your convenience, all fees and expenses can be found here or in the summer brochure

Register now!  Courses and workshops with low enrollment one week prior to the start of the course will be canceled. All courses will be offered for 1.5 credits and may be audited, with 1.5 continuing education units available. Workshops will be offered for zero credits, with 1.5 continuing education units available.

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Philosophical Ethics

Herman Stark, PhD

Traditional Catholic ethics has based itself on the history and development of the natural law theory. This course traces the development of the human person as an ethical subject. Various contemporary positions of ethics are also present. Special attention to the thought of Bernard Lonergan and his influence on ethical decision making.







Contemporary Issues in Catholic Lay Leadership

Marian Diaz, DMin

The ground of all Christian vocation is the call arising in baptism, that celebrates participation in the life of Christ as priest, prophet and king. This course will explore contemporary pastoral questions that arise around forms of lay leadership in the Catholic context. Central themes will include: co-responsibility of the ordained and non-ordained ministers, mutual accountability and transparency, support of lay ecclesial ministry and intercultural approaches to lay leadership.





Virtual Communion: Exploring Church in the Digital Age

Katherine Schmidt, PhD
Katherine Schmidt, PhD

This seminar introduces students to the burgeoning field of digital theology, primarily though not exclusively from the Catholic context. The course examines foundational ecclesial texts on the question of the relationship of the church to its media milieux, with specific focus on the theological and pastoral implications, opportunities, and challenges of digital culture.







Women in the Old Testament

Marian Diaz, DMin

Many of us have heard the names of many of the women in the Old Testament, but what do we really know about them?  What role did they play in the unfolding of our biblical tradition? Do their lives have any meaning for us today? This workshop will look at several of these women in an attempt to answer these questions.







Saints and Prophets for an Emerging Church

Rev. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Through art and story, this course will look at some of the saints and prophets of our own time who inspire hope and stimulate faith in this tumultuous era of change and reform in our Church. With Mary’s Magnificat and the first Visitation event as a backdrop, we will focus on Servants of God Thea Bowman, Nicholas Black Elk, and Dorothy Day plus Venerable Augustine Tolton and St. Oscar Romero- seeing each of them  through a lens of beauty and social justice.









Gospel Portraits of Jesus

Rev. Donald Senior, CP

From the beginning, Christians have savored the four-gospel portrayal of Jesus in the New Testament.  Rather than a single, uniform presentation, each gospel offers distinctive and complementary insights into the beauty and power of Jesus’ person and mission.   This course will draw on recent scholarship to highlight the contribution of each evangelist to our understanding of Jesus and of Christian life today.






Leadership and Authority in Ancient Israel

Ethan Schwatrz, PhD

We normally think about God as being the primary source of authority in ancient Israel as portrayed in the Bible. However, the Bible also delegates authority to a number of human leadership offices. These different offices coexisted in various ways and with various degrees of success, with profound consequences for the subsequent development of Christianity and Judaism. In this course, we will explore five of the most prominent human leadership roles in ancient Israel: priest, prophet, king, sage, and scribe. We will consider such questions as how the Bible portrays each one, what we can learn about them from elsewhere in the ancient Near East, how they interacted, and how they influenced the later roles of priest and rabbi. Students will also be encouraged to think about how studying these leadership roles from a historical perspective can inform the vocation of religious leadership in the contemporary world.




Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: Fuente y Oportunidad para la Nueva Evangelización

Marco Lopez, MDiv

Este taller propone identificar algunas tradiciones del culto guadalupano y explorar diversas maneras para cultivar y retomar estas dentro del contexto pastoral de la comunidad hispana/latina de los Estados Unidos.







Women in Theology and Ethics


Leocadie Lushumbo, PhD

The heroic efforts of a few brave women led to breaking through the exclusively white male Eurocentric domination of the content and methods of Christian systematic theology and theological ethics.  Now for more than four generations, inspired and outstanding women have opened new paths in those disciplines. This course examines the key contribution of women from across the globe to both methods and content such as an ethics of power, deeply rooted in mutual relations and renewed images of God, Christ, Church, that culminate in a circle of friends of God and prophets. This course will explore how some representative women across the globe develop an inclusive theology. It will consider the “sophialogical” and cultural hermeneutics and will include case studies on the effects of the culture of patriarchy on women across the globe.  



History and Theology of the Diaconate

Daniel Lowery, PhD

Students will be presented with background information pertaining to the history, sacramentality, ecclesiology, spirituality, and the lived experience of the diaconate.  These broad themes will be further explored in a series of discussions framed around critical questions and concerns pertinent to those who are discerning a call to the diaconate, those who are supporting others who are discerning a call of this kind, and those who hope to better understand and appreciate their diaconal calling.




Jesus and Salvation

Rev. Robin Ryan, CP

Those who are engaged in the ministry of the Church are regularly called upon to articulate the meaning of salvation. This course consists of a historical and systematic study of the ways in which the saving work of Jesus Christ has been understood and expressed in the Christian tradition. Students survey the works of classical and contemporary theologians in order to gain a deeper appreciation of the meaning of salvation.








God Became Human, Not Because of Sin

Rev. Daniel P. Horan, OFM

This course surveys the historical development of the lesser known theological tradition of supralapsarian Christology, which holds that divine love (and not human sin) is the reason for the Incarnation. Key figures covered will include St. Paul, Irenaeus of Lyon, Rupert of Deutz, Robert Grosseteste, John Duns Scotus, Karl Barth, and Karl Rahner, with special attention given to Franciscan contributions to and the pastoral implications of this doctrine.






Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Stacy Davis, PhD

This course examines the development of womanist biblical interpretation, from the speeches of African American women activists in the nineteenth century to the use and application of the word womanist by biblical scholars from the 1980s to the present day. The course will include studies of Hebrew Bible and New Testament texts.






Spirituality of Marriage

Christina Zaker, DMin

Christina Zaker, DMin

How do we strive toward holiness for ourselves and in relationship? This course takes a deep dive into the three questions Catholics are asked during their marriage ceremony which frame the vows of married life and hint at what it takes to build a spiritual foundation for marriage.

    • Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?
    • Will you honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?
    • Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?

This course offers pastoral skills for engaging couples around the conversations of holiness and spirituality.


St. Paul and the Liturgy: A School of Prayer and Communion

Rev. Richard Fragomeni

This course will focus on the foundational texts found in the writings of St. Paul that contribute to Christian liturgy and to the mystical and spiritual dimensions of discipleship. Learn how liturgical texts and ritual patterns enchant us in living no longer for ourselves, but for the reign of God.









¿Acaso Dios Tiene Preferidos?

Felipe Legarreta, PhD

La afirmación de que Dios no hace “distinción de personas” sirve como fundamento para las relaciones tanto intracomunitarias como extracomunitarias en el Antiguo y en el Nuevo Testamento. Sin embargo, este principio teológico y ético de inclusión y aceptación ha encontrado oposición y resistencia tanto en las comunidades judías cristianas de la antigüedad como en las comunidades de nuestro tiempo. En este curso vamos a analizar e interpretar textos del AT y del NT atendiendo a su contexto histórico y literario, y explorar su significado e implicaciones para nuestro tiempo.






Applying Catholic Social Teaching to Social Issues with a Look to Vatican III

Leocadie Lushumbo, PhD

This course will focus on the main features of the Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic social teaching. It will include a theological assessment of the challenges of poverty faced by the Global Church, especially in areas plagued by conflicts due to race, gender, power, economic inequality, and ethnic groups. The course will consider the case of the Rwandan Genocide (1994) as it occurred in one of the most Christianized countries in Africa. Looking towards Vatican III, what does the Rwandan experience suggest to the World Church about ecclesiology and epistemology?






Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis, Part 1

Rev. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp

Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis:  Exploring themes from missiology, ecclesiology, anthropology, biblical studies, and spirituality, the nature and purpose of Christian Mission will be defined.  Every baptized person is called to such mission, with Jesus as primary model and Pope Francis as leader.







Ezekiel, Prophet of the Exilic Period

Sr. Luma Khuder, OP

Ezekiel, a prophet in captivity- Babylon, delivered God’s message to the exiled, in the land of exile, during a time of national and personal crisis.  The course is an in-depth study of the Book of Ezekiel. The goals of the course are to help participants: understand the message and content of the Book of Ezekiel by focusing on important passages and themes, examine the purpose and historical and theological background of the text.








Synergies of Compassion: Women in Intercultural Theology & Ministry

Sr. Joanne Jaruko Doi, MM

Preaching the Good News of the Gospel is a vocation of all the baptized. In this course, we will look at more formal situations for lay ministers to engage in preaching. Through the lens of liturgical preaching—reading the signs of the times, the scripture, and the context of those gathered—students will explore a basic method for crafting, composing, delivering, and evaluating preaching in pastoral settings. Must be taken with  Lay Leadership of Prayer to complete the W4205 requirement for MAPS and MDiv.





Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis, Part 2

Rev. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp

Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis:  Exploring themes from missiology, ecclesiology, anthropology, biblical studies, and spirituality, the nature and purpose of Christian Mission will be defined.  Every baptized person is called to such mission, with Jesus as primary model and Pope Francis as leader.









Latino/a Spirituality

Rev. Gilberto Cavazos-Gonzalez, OFM

The Hispan@/Latin@ peoples of the USA come from a variety of Latinamerican nations and cultures. No Course on Hispano Spirituality can pretend to cover the entire spectrum of Hispan@ and Latin@ Spirituality. Our course will be divided into five topics in five days, providing students with a very basic introduction to Latin@ Spirituality.








Respuesta y Compromiso Pastoral para con Inmigrantes

Marco Lopez, MDiv

A pesar de ser Estados Unidos un país de inmigrantes, el rechazo de nuevos inmigrantes exige una respuesta pastoral. Este taller ofrecerá la oportunidad de reflexionar con las Sagradas Escrituras y la Enseñanza Social Católica para promover una solidaridad consiente y activa con inmigrantes vulnerables en nuestras comunidades.






August 13-17, 2020

Thriving in Ministry: Exploring Personal Well-being in Ministerial Contexts 

Marian Diaz, DMin


Thriving in Ministry at Catholic Theological Union presents a forum to introduce participants to sources and practices that can help promote their personal well-being as they serve in professional ministerial contexts. Participants will also examine how their ministerial ecosystems contribute to their capacity to thrive amidst changing times. The content will include recent research results related to the topic, scientific sources on holistic health and practical approaches to how we can improve personal and communal flourishing as ministerial professionals.

Thriving in Ministry will be online with course materials available August 1, 2020. 

Mini Sabbatical


Reframing Retirement for Mission:

May 29th – June 26th

Sharing Wisdom and seeking meaningful ministry after retirement

CTU will be offering a month-long mini-sabbatical in Chicago for men and women religious and diocesan priests who are discerning and/or transitioning into retirement.  The four weeks will run from May 29th through June 26th. Reframing Retirement for Religious will include three weeks of speakers, one to one spiritual direction, daily prayer and mass and other recreational activities. The final week will consist of a retreat.


This program is for men and women religious and diocesan priests who are retired or are contemplating retirement in the near future. It intends to assist the participants in making the difficult transition from a fully active ministry to retirement, with a special focus on recognizing and living their retirement years as a fruitful period of life with possibilities for personal growth as well as new opportunities for engaging in ministry.


Retirement need not mean withdrawal from meaningful work on behalf of Christ’s mission and ministry, but it does require a realistic, necessary and creative adjustment in how to continue to respond faithfully to the call to bring Christ to others and to our world.


Fees: $3650, inclusive of programming, room and board and parking.


Registration Information: 


For more information or to register online, visit For questions or concerns please contact Marian Diaz at or 773-371-5436.


  • Summer registration fee (non-refundable) $50
  • Audit fee per 1.5 credit-hour course – NEW REDUCED FEE $300
  • Workshop fee $250
  • Thriving in Ministry $150
    • Costs sponsored in large part by the Thriving in Ministry Initiative – limited to 30 participants
  • Graduate academic fee per 1.5 credit-hours $1410
  • Reframing Retirement for Mission $250

For questions regarding payment or to make a payment by credit card call the business office at 773.371.5405. Mail payments to: Attn: Business Office, 5401 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

Alumni Discount

CTU Alumni receive a 25 percent discount on all Summer@CTU audit and workshop fees.

Housing and Parking Information

Request guest housing in the CTU Residence Hall and Student Center, and parking on the online registration form. For an ADA room, contact Please reserve early as housing is limited.

Register Early!

Note that courses are subject to change. Courses with low enrollment as of two weeks prior to the start of the course will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. CTU is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.