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We invite you to join us for a month-long mini-sabbatical in Chicago for men and women religious, diocesan priests, and now lay ecclesial ministers who are discerning and/or transitioning into retirement. The four weeks will run from Friday, May 29th to Friday, June 26th. Reframing Retirement for Mission will include three weeks of speakers, one to one spiritual direction, daily prayer and mass along with other recreational activities. One week will be reserved for a directed retreat.


This program assists the participants in making the transition from 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.


This mini-sabatical is limited to 30 participants so register early to save your place.

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Helen Cahill, D.Min
Helen Cahill, DMin

Spiritual Direction as We Age

Sr. Helen Cahill, DMin is a Dominican Sister of Peace who serves on the staff at the Claret Center in Chicago as a spiritual director.  She also gives directed retreats, supervises formation personnel and offers workshops on a variety of topics.  She is an adjunct faculty member at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.


Dianne Bergant, CSA
Dianne Bergant, CSA

The Book of Wisdom

Sr. Dianne, a Sister of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, WI, served on the CTU faculty from 1978 to 2014.  She served as President of Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-2001) and as the Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Professor of Christian Culture, Providence College, Providence, RI  (2009-2010).  She was awarded honorary doctorates from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, CA (2013), Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI. (2014), and the Catholic University of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria (2015). 

Tarianne DeYonkers
Tarianne DeYonker, OP

Creative Writing

Sr. Tarianne DeYonker, OP, is a Dominican Sister, a member of Global Sisters Report’s The Life Panel, and a certified Amherst Writers and Artists leader. She teaches creative writing classes and writes on the political activism of many Catholic Sisters.

Carol Johannes, OP
Carol Johannes, OP

A Spirituality of Aging

Sr. Carol Johannes, OP, has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and has conducted workshops, directed retreats, and led groups exploring issues of spirituality. She is a former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Patricia Walter, OP

Sister Patricia Walter, OP, is has taught systematic theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri; the Angelicum in Rome; and St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland. She has also served as Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Pat has written and given presentations and retreats on religious life, Dominican spirituality, and the vows in Europe, the Philippines, and the United States.  

Jim Schoeder
James Schoeder

Transitions and Grief

Fr. Jim Schoeder is a Priest of the Sacred Heart and clinical psychologist (Ph.D. Loyola U of Chicago, ’79), Father Schroeder ministered to religious and clergy through psychotherapy for 35 years, and at the St Louis U School of Medicine.  He served in leadership, travelled extensively, and, though now retired, I help with conferences, retreats, formation work, and care for our elderly.

Joeann Daly, OP

Lines and Marks, Art for the Ages

A Dominican Sister from Sinsinawa, WI, Joeann Daley, OP, was awarded the Fra Angelico Award in 2007. Joeann Daley’s work is playful and narrative and is often filled with familiar images of saints, mythological figures as well as iconic sculptural elements. She has worked in etchings, monoprints, lithographs, pasted prints, mixed media and photo collages. Joeann has been the recruitment director and coordinator of Studio Art at Rosary Graduate School in Florence and was the founder and first director of Copper Village Museum and Art Center, Anaconda, Montana.

Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS
Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS


Fr. Robert Schreiter is a priest and member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He has been at CTU since 1974. A systematic theologian, he is interested in the relation between faith and culture, the mission of the Church, and factors shaping World Christianity today. In addition, he has been working in the area of reconciliation for twenty-five years, accompanying Church leaders in the difficult process of reconstructing societies and healing divisions after long periods of conflict.

Fr. Don Senior
Donald Senior, CP


Fr. Donald Senior’s work has focused on the study and interpretation of the Gospels, the Pauline literature, 1 Peter, and New Testament archaeology.  Along with teaching, he has also been involved in the administration of theological education and with an exploration of the biblical lands in the Middle East.  He is a Passionist priest, belonging to a religious community that was one of the founding members of CTU.

Fr. Anthony Gittins
Anthony Gittins, CSSP

Age and Wisdom/ Wine and Wineskins

Fr. Anthony Gittins, is a widely experienced missionary pastor and Professor of Theology and Culture at The Catholic Theological Union since 1984. He held the Bishop Ford Chair of Mission Theology from 1999–2008. Ordained in 1967, he earned MAs in Theoretical Linguistics and Social Anthropology and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. He later pursued post-doctoral research at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He is the author of 14 books on theology, anthropology, mission, and spirituality.


Various Events

Some of the optional activities we have planned include daily Mass, guest lectures, biking along the lake, music festivals, panel discussions, a closing dinner, and more.

Welcome to Reframing Retirement for Mission!

Through this month-long process we will give you the tools to transition from full-time mission to active retirement.  Weekday schedules will generally include shared prayer, a talk in the morning and a noon mass with shared meals.


This all-inclusive month program is $3650 with a non-refundable deposit of $250. Travel is on your own. CTU is handicapped accessible, and we offer limited handicapped housing (according to ADA standards) to make your visit comfortable. Also, please indicate any dietary requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Please note, if you are paying your deposit by check your space will not be reserved until we receive payment.

Please make checks payable to “Catholic Theological Union” and send them to the attention of Marian Diaz.


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