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Reframing Retirement for Mission assists the participants in making the transition from active ministry to retirement, with a special focus on recognizing and living the 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.

 

The program will be offered both online from Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 24, followed by an optional directed retreat for in-person participants only (June 24-30, 2022). This program will include morning presentations from 9:00 AM -11:15 am CST from our renowned speakers. The topics include the spirituality of aging, life transitions, theological updating and the arts. Most talks will be recorded and will be posted on our private program site for viewing as well. Optional online discussions with others in this stage of life transition will also be offered. We encourage all participants to build in time for personal reflection, spiritual direction and focus on your own wellbeing during this virtual experience that seeks to support real spiritual and ministerial growth.

 

Presentations will be in-person and online live via zoom and recorded for review and available for asynchronous participants or for those who may have missed a session. The presenters are members of CTU faculty and visiting experts.

 

The Reframing Retirement for Mission is a curriculum-centered, community-based, holistic program that fosters both personal and communal renewal and provides continuing formation. This Continuing Education program is crafted for those who have served the Church in ministry.

 

This in-person and online program will be offered for five days for three weeks from June 6-June 24, 2022.
Participants can choose to craft this program according to their own needs and desires such as: a sabbatical, a retreat, a renewal or continuing education.

 

The program components include scripture, theology, liturgy, spirituality, and psychology. All modules are presented from a pastoral perspective to help participants reflect upon their past ministry experience as they plan for their future mission.

 

Modes of engagement include lecture, discussion, small group dialogue and theological reflection groups. In addition, Spiritual Direction will also be encouraged for those who desire further integration of the material.

Housing

CTU is pleased to offer limited housing for 12 participants at nearby St. John Stone Friary at 1165 E 54th Place, Chicago Hyde Park area. If participants have the opportunity to find another space in Chicago they may also participate in person for the three week course as well as the directed retreat.

 

Pricing

The 3 week program fee is $750 is for both in-person and on-line participants with registrations received on or before May 31. Registrations received June 1 or later will be $1000.

Housing for the 3 week room and board is an additional $1,500.

The additional fee for a one week directed retreat is $300. (June 24-30, 2022)

 

2022 Registration

 

For information on group discounts of three or more individuals for Reframing Retirement for Mission please contact Tim Crum at tcrum@ctu.edu.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

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, 5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

 

To pay by check, print out the registration form and mail it back with your check to the Registrar’s Office,  5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

 

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Reframing Retirement for Mission, June 6-24, 2022

Speakers for Week One, June 6-10

Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA

Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA 

Sr. Dianne, a Sister of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, WI, served on the 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).  She was an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue (1988-2017), a member of the Board of Trustees, Sacred Heart School of Theology (1983-1989), and of St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, WI (1996-2005).  She sat on the editorial boards of The Bible Today (1979-2005), Biblical Theology Bulletin (1990-2014), Catholic Biblical Quarterly (1992-2001),  New Theology  Review (1997-2003), Teaching Theology and Religion (2003-2005), and Chicago Studies (2003-2009). She has taught and lectured in various places in the United States, as well as in South Africa and Namibia, Trinidad, England and Ireland, Kiribati, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Nicaragua, Rome, Australia and New Zealand.

Father Anthony Gittins, CSSP
Father Anthony Gittins, CSSP

Father Anthony Gittins, CSSP 

From 1980 to 1984, Professor Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, taught Theology and Anthropology at The Missionary Institute, London, UK.  Subsequently, from 1984 to 2011 he was, first, Associate Professor of Mission Studies, then (1990) Professor of Theological Anthropology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He held the Bishop Ford Chair of Mission Theology between 1999 and 2008, and is now Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture.

 

A native of England and  a religious Spiritan (Congregation of the Holy Spirit), he was ordained in 1967, after which he earned M.A.s (Summa cum Laude) in Theoretical Linguistics and in Social Anthropology, and later a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  After ministry in Africa, he pursued post-doctoral research at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England.

 

As an anthropologist, Gittins was always concerned to explore the theological sciences from that perspective.  Apart from teaching courses on Mission theology and spirituality, pastoral approaches to African witchcraft, and African Traditional Religion, he team-taught courses with Professors of Bible, Liturgy and Pastoral Care.  He continues to do Consultancy work and offer workshops, seminars, short courses and retreats, within the United States and further afield, from Australia to Africa.

 

In terms of pastoral ministry, he worked for thirty years with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago and then in a soup kitchen run by the Jesus People.  For seven of those years he was part of Genesis House – a community where women struggle to escape from prostitution.

 

For almost a decade (1972-1980) he lived among the Mende people of Sierra Leone, West Africa, as a missionary pastor, linguist and ethnographer.  From 1980 to 1984 he was Formation Director in London, and lectured at the Missionary Institute there.  Since then he has done missionary anthropological work in a number of countries beyond Africa, including Pakistan, Kiribati, and the Trobriand Islands.

Speakers Week Two: June 14-18

Father Edward Foley, Capuchin
Father Edward Foley, Capuchin

Father Edward Foley, Capuchin 

Trained in musical performance and liturgics, Ed’s teaching at CTU prodded him to develop as a practical theologian.  In his understanding, practical theology is the contextual interface of experience, religious traditions and society for the transformation of church and world.  He belongs to the Capuchin Franciscan Order, canonically recognized as a “mixed” community of lay and ordained friars of equal dignity.  Ed believes this charism makes a distinctive contribution to a Church that is also “mixed” but sometimes struggles with the “equal dignity” part of that equation.  Besides exercising practical theology as an educator at CTU and concurrently as adjunct at the University of Chicago, he preaches and presides at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago.

 

Ed publishes and lectures broadly on liturgy, music, preaching, as well as theological education and interfaith theological reflection.  His commitment to the international students in the EDMin program have allowed him to collaborate with them in Australia, England, India, Korea, Namibia, the Philippines, and South Africa.  He has lectured in over 60 Roman Catholic dioceses around the world, and in venues as diverse as the Mayo Clinic and the Houston Astrodome.

 

He is the recipient of over a dozen grants from such organizations as the Lilly Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Collegeville Institute and the Composer’s Forum.  Current projects include a new handbook on Catholic Marriage with a dozen collaborators (most of whom are married), a work on Eucharistic adoration after Vatican II, a project on preaching and the sciences, and an endowed lectureship at Yale University on preaching in an age of disaffiliation.  An award winner author for print and digital work, his publications appear in 9 languages.  He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the lifetime achievement Berakah award (2013) from the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Dr. Kevin McClone, PsyD
Dr. Kevin McClone, PsyD

Dr. Kevin McClone, PsyD 

Dr. Kevin McClone is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified alcohol and drug counselor, and certified chaplain who has worked for over twenty five years in the health care field, including over ten years of hospice care experience. Kevin currently is the Director of the Institute for Sexuality Studies located on the campus of Catholic Theological Union where he has provided one month training programs on Healthy Sexuality for Ministry  for formation and vocation personnel and tutored hundreds of religious and lay men and women from around the world for over ten years.

 

Kevin has been a keynote speaker both nationally and internationally on topics related to psychosexual development, healthy intimacy, addiction recovery , building healthy relationships, emotional intelligence and coping with loss and grief.  He has been a featured speaker for Guest House Institute, the National Federation of Priests Councils, Palliative Care organizations, the National Catholic Seminary Association, Catholics on Call and numerous parishes and dioceses both in the United States and abroad. Kevin is a consultant to several Chicago area Catholic religious orders and seminaries and retirement facilities where he deals with issues of healthy relationships, psychological assessment, human development, aging, depression and loss and grief issues.

 

Kevin has written numerous articles on topics such as the Psychospirituality of Change and Growth, Healthy Intimacy and Affective Maturity, The Gift of Sexuality in a Celibate Vocation, Psychospirituality of Addiction and Male Intimacy for such varied publications as Horizon, Seminary Journal, Touchtone, and Human Development Magazines.

Sr. Carol Johannes, OP
Sr. 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.

Sister Helen Cahill, OP
Sister Helen Cahill, OP

Sister Helen Cahill, OP 

Sister Helen began her religious life more than sixty years ago as a Dominican of St. Catharine, KY. Initially a teacher, she served in the leadership of her original congregation for some twenty years. Sister Helen earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Spirituality from Catholic Theological Union (CTU) where she has also served as adjunct faculty in the area of Spirituality.


In her current ministry, Sister Helen serves as a member of the staff at the Claret Center in Chicago, IL, where she provides spiritual direction to both new and seasoned religious and group supervision for formation ministers. She is also a presenter in the Catholic Theological Union’s Reframing Retirement for Mission program.

Fr. Don Senior
Donald Senior, CP

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P. 

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., is President Emeritus and Chancellor of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU), where he is also a member of the faculty as Professor of New Testament.  Born in Philadelphia, he is a member of the Passionist Congregation and was ordained a priest in 1967.  He received his doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1972, with advanced studies at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and Harvard University. He served as president of CTU for 23 years.  He is a frequent lecturer and speaker throughout the United States and abroad, serves on numerous boards and commissions; and is actively involved in the interreligious dialogue, particularly with the Jewish and Muslim communities.  Fr. Senior has published extensively on biblical topics, with numerous books and articles for both scholarly and popular audiences. He led numerous study tours of the Middle East

 

He was the recipient of the National Catholic Library Association’s 1994 Jerome Award for Outstanding Scholarship and the 1996 National Catholic Education Association’s Bishop Loras Lane Award for outstanding service to Catholic education.  In 2013 he received the O’Connell-Douglas Award for his contribution to interreligious and ecumenical harmony, and the Gutenberg Award for biblical scholarship. In 2014 he was granted by the Governor of Illinois, the Order of Lincoln Award, the State’s highest honor for public service. He is past President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (1997-1998), of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (2007-2009) and of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (2012-14).  Beginning in 2001, he has served the last three Popes as the American representative on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Speakers for Week Three: June 20-24

Sister Barbara Reid, OP
Sister Barbara Reid, OP

Sister Barbara Reid, OP

Sr. Barbara is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has served on the CTU faculty since 1988. She has served as Vice President and Academic Dean and has been actively involved in the Association of Theological Schools, including service on their Board of Directors. She has led many of CTU’s Israel Retreats and Biblical Lands Study and Travel Programs in Greece, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and Egypt. A former Spanish teacher, she has given presentations in México, Bolivia, Perú, Uruguay, Brasil, Guatemala, and Santo Domingo. She has also lectured in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand, and Rome.

 

Sr. Barbara is one of the leading scholars in feminist interpretation of the Scriptures. She is General Editor for the Wisdom Commentary Series, a new 58-volume feminist commentary on the Bible published by Liturgical Press (see www.wisdomcommentary.org, where her Introduction to the series can be downloaded gratis).

 

She is past President of the Catholic Biblical Association (2014-2015). She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz, Austria in 2019 and was inducted into Aquinas College Hall of Fame in 2016. She has received the Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence from Barry University (2017), St. Martin DePorres Award from the Southern Province Dominican Friars (2016), Jerome Award from Catholic Library Association (2012), Theological Award for Distinguished Women Theologians from the College of Mount St. Joseph (2010), the Sophia Award from Washington Theological Union (2000).

 

Father Richard Fragomeni
Father Richard Fragomeni

Father Richard Fragomeni

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and has been a member of the CTU faculty since 1990. His teaching involves him in Roman Catholic theology, interpretation theory, and poetry. His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to this work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart.

 

Richard is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. He also serves as the Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago’s historic Little Italy. In addition to his teaching duties he is a preacher of parish missions and gives presentations nationally and internationally on liturgical, sacramental, and catechetical topics.

Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP
Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP

Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP

As Co-Director of Vocations and a member of Global Sisters Reports’ 2018-2019 Life Panel of women religious, Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, weighed in on the question of how the Catholic Church can keep youth in the Church. She urges older members of the Church to respect and listen to the wisdom and experience of younger Catholics and to show them ways that they can connect to Jesus. She also cites various ways that Adrian Dominican Sisters reach out to youth. Read the entire Life Panel discussion on keeping youth in the Church.

Fr. Ferdinand Okorie, CMF
Fr. Ferdinand Okorie, CMF

Fr. Ferdinand Okorie, CMF

Ferdinand Okorie is a member of the Claretian Missionaries. He received his MDiv and an MA in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Languages and Literature from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. Then, he obtained a PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity at Loyola University Chicago.

 

His research interests include the Greco-Roman context of Early Christianity, the relationship between Paul’s letters and the Pastorals, the formation of Christian identity and the intersection between religion and culture.

2021 Speakers and Topics

Fr. Don Senior
Donald Senior, CP

Retiring or Repurposing: A Biblical Reflection 

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.

Richard Fragomeni

Poetry and Aging and Liturgical Ministries

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and has been a member of the CTU faculty since 1990. His teaching involves him in Roman Catholic theology, interpretation theory, and poetry. His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to this work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart.

 

Dianne Bergant, CSA
Dianne Bergant, CSA

Biblical Themes of Laudato Si and the Good Samaritan
Biblical Themes of Fratelli Tutti? Misericordia Virtus

 

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).

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.

Barbara Reid, OP,

Feminist Perspectives in Scripture

Sr. Barbara is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has served on the CTU faculty since 1988. She has served as Vice President and Academic Dean and has been actively involved in the Association of Theological Schools, including service on their Board of Directors. She has led many of CTU’s Israel Retreats and Biblical Lands Study and Travel Programs in Greece, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and Egypt. A former Spanish teacher, she has given presentations in México, Bolivia, Perú, Uruguay, Brasil, Guatemala, and Santo Domingo. She has also lectured in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand, and Rome.

 

Robin Ryan, CP

God and the Mystery of Suffering 

Robin Ryan is a Passionist priest and theologian who serves as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Theology program. He earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees at Catholic Theological Union. He received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America. He is the author or editor of several books, including God and the Mystery of Human Suffering (Paulist, 2011).

 

Fran Sulzer, FSPA

Grief and Loss 

Fran graduated from the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy and received her DMin. with a concentration in Spirituality in 1996. Fran believes that to be whole and human is to be spiritual.  For her Spirituality is opening oneself to the beckoning presence of the Immanent-Transcendent.  Fran ministers as a Spiritual Director and as a clinical Psychotherapist.

 

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.

 

Tarianne DeYonkers
Tarianne DeYonker, OP

Creative Writing – Confirmed for 2021

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.

2020 Speakers and Topics

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.

Edward Foley, Capuchin

Sacramental Imagination 

Trained in musical performance and liturgics, Ed’s teaching at CTU prodded him to develop as a practical theologian.  In his understanding, practical theology is the contextual interface of experience, religious traditions and society for the transformation of church and world.  He belongs to the Capuchin Franciscan Order, canonically recognized as a “mixed” community of lay and ordained friars of equal dignity.  Ed believes this charism makes a distinctive contribution to a Church that is also “mixed” but sometimes struggles with the “equal dignity” part of that equation.  Besides exercising practical theology as an educator at CTU and concurrently as adjunct at the University of Chicago, he preaches and presides at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago.

 

Mickey McGrath, OSSF

Saints for the Silver Years 

Brother Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, lives and works in Camden, NJ.  He is an award-winning artist, author, and speaker whose work celebrates the connections between art, beauty, and religious faith. He is also a Guild Master at the Grunewald Guild, an interfaith art community in Leavenworth, WA, where he has taught for thirty-three years. No matter the subject or topic, Bro. Mickey’s work highlights themes of art for meditation; social justice and cultural diversity; and the healing power of beauty in all its forms.

Brother Mickey currently holds the title of visiting artist at De Sales University in Center Valley, PA.  In recent summers, he taught a one-week graduate spirituality class entitled Wise and Holy Women, at Boston College. It was focused on the four women Doctors of the Church: Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux.

 

Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

Linking Liturgy and Life: Reflections on the Meaning of Eucharist

Gil, a founding CTU faculty member, is a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). He has received a number of awards for his contribution to pastoral liturgy: the 1998 Michael Mathis Award from the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral liturgy, the 2007 Award from the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, the 2014 Berakah Award from NAAL, and two awards in 2016 from the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Catholic Press Association.  Colleagues also published a volume of essays in his honor: Finding Voice to Give God Praise: Essays in the Many Languages of the Liturgy.  Kathleen Hughes, ed. (Liturgical Press, 1998).