Online Learning For Connected Ministry

Please contact Summer@CTU.edu if you have any questions.

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

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.

 

 

 

 

MORNING 9AM – 12PM

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFTERNOON 1PM-4PM

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENING 6PM – 9 PM

 

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 ctu.edu/summeratctu/reframing-retirement/. For questions or concerns please contact Marian Diaz at mdiaz@ctu.edu or 773-371-5436.

Fees

  • 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 studentservices@ctu.edu. 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.