Thriving in Ministry

Thriving in Religious Priesthood

The Thriving in Religious Priesthood program is a symposium that brings together scholars who research and teach the theology of ministerial priesthood to seminarians from religious congregations across the United States. This symposium will meet annually for four years to explore topics related to the education, formation, and future thriving in ministry for seminarians and priests in religious congregations.


This symposium series builds on the work that began with the “Priesthood in Religious Life: Searching for New Ways Forward” conference hosted by Catholic Theological Union in 2017. The research from that conference were published in the volume Priesthood in Religious Life: Searching for New Ways Forward, edited by Stephen Bevans, SVD, and Robin Ryan, CP (Liturgical Press, 2018).


This series will address the questions of identity named in the original CARA white paper completed for CTU, The Needs of Recently Ordained Priests and Professed Religious in Their First Ten Years of Ministry (2017) and integrate the learnings of the new research report, Supporting Training for Women and Men in Religious Life in the Ten Years Following their Final Profession (2019). The symposium will also incorporate the latest research on identity in religious priesthood from interdisciplinary perspectives (theology, history, spirituality, psychology, etc.). These meetings will be used to form a network of support of the participants’ research, to engage research related to well-being, and to consider models for integrating these themes into the curriculum and formation activities. 

Christopher Hadley, SJ, PhD (Symposium Coordinator)

Christian Raab, OSB, STD (Steering Committee)

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2022 Symposium — April 1-2, 2022 (Religious Priestly Identity and the Munus Regendi)

2023 Symposium — April 21-22, 2023 (theme TBA)

Contact Us

For general information, contact:
Barbara Linek, MA

Thriving in Ministry Program Director

Ph: 773.371.5436