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A Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Cardinal Bernardin’s Legacy 20 Years Later: Still Calling Us to Be a Confident Church By Steven P. Millies


here is a book about the Archdiocese of Chicago whose title struck me as just right from the first time I picked it up: This Confident Church (Notre Dame, 1992). There is not another local church in the United States quite like Chicago. I’ve always thought that we only can explain it by the strange alchemy of coincidences that came together where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan—the unruly tribalism of immigrant groups who meet in the sanctuary of a common faith, the local political tradition that mingles cynical cronyism alongside the most idealistic reformers, and the restless striving that Cardinal Joseph Bernardin builds and breaks and re-builds in a city that defines itself as a Second PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN H. WHITE City. Chicago is the most American of all cities because of these things. It is the city that works, and its local church is a worthy companion. The Archdiocese of Chicago knows its past, yet it always has been a church that would try something new and stretch out to grasp the future. That takes confidence. One of Cardinal Bernardin’s assistants told me something that the Cardinal told him. In 1982, Bernardin met with St. Pope John Paul II just before he was appointed to Chicago. In that meeting, John Paul told him, “I know that the way the church in the United States goes is the way that the church in the world will go. And, I know that the way that the church in Chicago goes is the way the church in the United States will go. So, I’m putting all my trust in you.” John Paul understood this confident church, and he knew who was the right man to help guide it. The decades following the Second Vatican Council were the right time for the church in Chicago to meet a leader like Joseph Bernardin. I was nine years old in 1982, not long past my First Communion at St. Gerald in Oak Lawn when Cardinal Bernardin arrived. I moved away to start a graduate program in 1995, barely a year before Cardinal Bernardin died. All of the critical years of my faith formation took place where, week after week, we prayed for “John Paul, our pope, and Joseph, our bishop.” It was difficult to avoid thinking about the church being in the world in those days. The southwest side of Chicago is defined more by parish boundaries than by borders and streets. But night after night we saw a pope on the news who swayed world opinion, and we saw our bishop doing the same thing. To be Catholic was both global and local. If there was any tension between the global and local level, we were too confident to notice. Our world is more fragmented today. Scandals and arguments about politics and the practice of faith have made the church more cautious. We’re all a little less sure of ourselves. I think we can look back at Cardinal Bernardin with something other than nostalgia, though. His way of being Catholic in the world still can offer us a guide. He described the U.S. bishops’ pastoral letter, “The Challenge of Peace,” as “a sign of the humble self-confidence and spiritual and intellectual maturity of the Catholic Church in our nation,” a church that is, “more sure of itself because it is more trustful of the gifts which have been given it” in the years following the Second Vatican Council. Those gifts of the Spirit are still here. Prophetic voices like Cardinal Bernardin’s call us to claim them, to be the city of God, and never to forget our baptismal calling to be this confident church. w’ STEVEN MILLIES, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO, IS THE AUTHOR OF JOSEPH BERNARDIN: SEEKING COMMON GROUND.

IN THIS ISSUE: See page 6 of Logos for an interview with Professor Kevin Ahern on the topic of his Sunday at CTU lecture, “Being Church in a Divided World: The Legacy of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin for the 21st Century.” Ahern (left) with CTU President, Rev. Mark Francis, CSV.

Alum Receives Bernardin Award from USCCB Graham Golden applied for a ministry internship while studying for the priesthood at CTU. Looking back, he sees that it changed his life. That internship was with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), in Rev. Golden’s home diocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is part of the domestic anti-poverty and social justice programs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The CCHD works at the local level with low- and moderateincome persons. Its mission is to support these people as they bring their voice into public policy decisions that affect their daily lives and livelihoods. Today he coordinates program development, evaluation, and research for the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Golden is a Norbertine priest who serves as parochial vicar for Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in his home town of Albuquerque. S GOLDEN continued on page 7

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT RESPONDING TO THE GRACE OF RELIGIOUS PRIESTHOOD Many Catholics are surprised to know that priesthood takes two principal forms in the Church. Catholics usually associate the role of “priest” to that of the parish priest who ministers to the needs of people in a parish and who works in close collaboration with the bishop of the diocese. Diocesan priesthood, however, is not the only way in which the vocation to priesthood is lived out—there is also priesthood exercised by members of religious orders in the Church who are bound by vows to their particular community and who seek to serve while living together and following a rule of life aimed to address particular pastoral needs. Nearly fifty years ago Catholic Theological Union was founded to provide the particular preparation needed Rev. Mark Francis, CSV for religious seminarians to become priests. Preparation for religious priesthood differs from diocesan seminarian preparation in some notable ways. While parish ministry is the focus for the preparation of diocesan priests, religious who will be ordained need to have a broader exposure to the many ways in which their priestly ministry will be exercised as members of their religious communities: teaching, counseling, educational and hospital chaplaincies, retreat work, missionary activities, crosscultural ministries, immigration work—to name a few! Another notable difference between religious and diocesan seminarians is that those men who have joined religious communities already have had a period of formation and ministerial experience even before they come to theological studies. Years of pre-novitiate, novitiate and a period of temporary vows during which the young religious lives and ministers alongside other members of his community give each religious seminarian a particular perspective that shapes the way they approach theological and ministerial studies. The Conference of Major Superiors of Men described these differences in its 2011 document, “The Gift of Religious Priesthood.” CTU’s April conference on Religious Priesthood will build on previous work done in defining the role of priesthood in religious life, and will examine the needs of religious priests as they face the challenges of living out their vocation in the Church of the 21st Century. At this conference we will be honored to host Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR, who will offer the first keynote of the conference. Cardinal Tobin’s unique perspective as both a religious and a bishop will offer us insight and inspiration as we strive to be attentive to what God is asking of religious priests—both here in the U.S. and internationally. A noted scholar on the theology of the Church, Dr. Edward Hannenburg, will help us to situate religious priesthood in its relationship to the larger church. Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF, who is arguably the most knowledgeable individual today regarding seminary formation in the U.S., will offer an in depth analysis of current data concerning the formation of religious priests. Finally, theologian Fr. Robin Ryan, CP, of CTU’s faculty, will speak of Pope Francis’ perspective on both religious and diocesan priesthood. In addition to these keynotes, other workshop speakers will address Asian-American, African-American, and Latino perspectives on religious priesthood. Since many religious priests, as members of international religious orders, are often called on to regularly cross cultural boundaries, intercultural spirituality will also be discussed as an important component to their priestly identity. This conference, anchored in CTU’s mission promises to be an important event not only for the religious communities closely associated with CTU, but also other religious communities, women religious, and lay men and women who search together to understand and respond to the grace of religious priesthood given by Christ to the Church. w’


Spring Lecture Series Explores Biblical Landscape Each fall and spring semester, Catholic Theological Union presents a lecture series that is offered both to students at CTU for course credit as well as to anyone from the public who would like to attend part or all of the series. This year’s Spring Lecture Series, taught by Rev. Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM, is titled “The Biblical Landscape: The Bible and Archaeology.” Fr. Hoppe has served as the Director of CTU’s Biblical Study and Travel Programs and has been the academic director of the Fall Program whose residence while in Israel is in Azariah, a village near Jerusalem. He has participated in several archaeological projects in Upper Galilee and is the author of The Churches and Synagogues of Ancient Palestine. Fr. Hoppe’s series will highlight some of the more significant archaeological projects in the Holy Land, the results of which provide us with new appreciation for the people of faith whose lives have made the Holy Land holy. Lectures take place Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm in room 339 at CTU. All lectures are open to guests for $150 for the full series or $15 per lecture. Complimentary parking is available. w’


Q+A with CTU Seminarians CTU is a union of 24 distinct religious communities. To get a “representative sample” of the uniqueness and vitality of these members, Logos asked seven different seminarians this question: “How does the charism of your religious order and your experience in the community influence your vision of the priesthood?”

SOCIETY OF THE DIVINE WORD Akizou Kamina, SVD The religious priesthood is a way we Divine Word Missionaries make the goodness and kindness of God visible to the world. As Divine Word ordained priests, we try to embody the person of Jesus Christ who called the people of his time to experience the Kingdom of God—when he healed the sick, fed the poor and embraced the outcasts, when he preached his gospel of hope. Jesus Christ was the first religious priest who, in addition to his mission, spent time in prayer and promoted communion with the men and women interested in his mission. This is how I understand the religious priesthood: at the service of the people of God, particularly those at the margins of our societies. CONGREGATION OF THE PASSION (PASSIONISTS) Nicholas Devine, CP The priesthood, like the passion of Christ, can be messy and sorrowful. The Passionist life of prayer, penance, and solitude helps one to see beyond the mess and to understand that suffering realizes redemption. The priestly Passionist life is like a Lenten season lived in a spirit of Easter joy as reflected in our community life and in our selfless service to all God’s people in the global community.

CANONS REGULAR OF PREMONTRE (NORBERTINES) Deacon Michael Brennan, O.Praem. As Norbertines, we follow the Rule of St. Augustine, which begins “The first purpose for which you have come together is to live in unity in the house and to be of one mind and one heart on the way to God.” In other words, our service to and with the People of God is rooted in our communal living, in our relationship to our brothers in the house. Our communal prayer life—singing Morning and Evening Prayer in choir, daily liturgy, and our shared recreation and meals together—each is designed to draw us closer to one another and closer to God. Naturally, communal living offers many blessings as well as its share of challenges. These blessings and challenges invite us to daily conversion as individuals and as a community as we strive to grow ever closer to the ideal of being “one mind and one heart on the way to God.” CLARETIAN MISSIONARIES (CLARETIANS) Agustin Carrillo, CMF As a perpetually professed Claretian Missionary preparing for ordained ministry, I consider my vision of the priesthood to be shaped by the Claretian way, in our missionary spirituality and our approach to missionary work. I envision the priesthood to be informed by this same missionary identity: a priesthood constituted by a strong commitment to community, a preferential option for those on the margins, and a proclamation of the Word that is inculturated, prophetic and liberating. I find it natural that my religious vocation informs every ministry that I practice or will ever practice, including ordained ministry. In a sense, it is a recognition that before I’m a priest, I’m a Claretian Missionary. ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR (FRANCISCAN FRIARS) Edward Tverdek, OFM Christ for us is not a divine afterthought intended to set a derailed humanity back on track but rather an extension of God’s eternal, overflowing love, integral to God’s plan from the beginning. Yes—we sin, Christ redeems, and Christ’s sacrifice may well atone, but our emphasis as Franciscan priests is to marvel at the fact both that Christ exists at all and that it couldn’t be any other way. Initiation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation: these are the synaptic points where God touches our lives viscerally in this world. Our Franciscan calling summons us like endorphins to these points.

Sebastianus Soy Mulu, OSM, a Servite, and Nicolas Devine, CP, a Passionist, reflected on the ways their communities embody the values of passionate service and compassionate accompaniment.

ORDER OF FRIAR SERVANTS OF MARY (SERVITES) Sebastianus Soy Mulu, OSM I am Indonesian and a member of the Order of Friars Servants of Mary. The compassion of Mary reflected at the foot of the cross of her son Jesus is an inspiration for me. As I study and prepare for religious priesthood within the Order of Servants of Mary, I envision in the future ministering in the Church as I draw support from the network of our community and inspiration from Mary, our model and mother. I want, like Mary, to minister in a compassionate way as I accompany people, bearing and confronting the various crosses of their lives.

Juan Turcios, OFM To be a religious minister is a way to work and walk at the same time you share communion with the people. As we read in the gospel, “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant.” (Mt. 20:26) Priesthood is a humble way to become an instrument of God to reach all kinds of people, including the ones that are marginalized or discriminated against and live on the edges of society. Pope Francis is urging the priests to “smell like their sheep.” With the support of my Franciscan Community, and by the grace of God, I look forward to becoming the shepherd that God wants me to be. w’


Friends of CTU were treated to an evening ride on a traditional Faluka boat near Luxor on the Nile.

Trip-goers enjoyed visits to the wonders of the ancient Egyptian world and saw collections of pharaonic antiquities up close, including tomb paintings and etchings over 3,000 year old.

A Trip to Egypt: At the Roots of Our Biblical Faith Rev. Donald Senior, CP, Chancellor of CTU, led a remarkable tour of Egypt for almost 40 friends of CTU in January 2017, and helped participants deepen their familiarity with a region that stands at the roots of our biblical faith. In many ways ancient Egypt was the “mother” civilization for the entire biblical drama. The people of Israel were forged during their sojourn in Egypt; their miraculous deliverance from Egypt in the exodus remains a constant reference point for the biblical story. In the New Testament we hear of the flight of the Holy Family to take refuge in Egypt and learn about the movements of early Christianity to Egypt and northern Africa in the Acts of the Apostles and from allusions in Paul’s letters. This inspiring tour of the history and archaeology of Egypt began in Cairo, with the classical guided tours of the Cairo Museum, the pyramids and sphinx of Giza, the ancient capital of Memphis, and all of the fascinating wonders of this world-city and its environs. Continuing on to Luxor in Upper Egypt, the group enjoyed the sites of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens with their spectacular royal tombs, along with the magnificent Temple of Karnak and the Luxor Temple. The trip concluded with visits to some of the ancient Coptic monasteries in Wadi Natrun, a half-day drive north of Cairo, which claims to be the birthplace of Christian monasticism. President Emeritus of CTU, Fr. Senior, has led trips to the Holy Land and Jordan, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt, for over 25 years. His vast Biblical scholarship transforms each journey into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From May 28 to June 10, Fr. Senior will lead another Holy Land trip in 2018. For information on this and other future trips, contact Colleen Kennedy at w’

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You have been a school teacher, a campus minister and now an associate director of a progressive policy initiative. It appears from your education and training that you have always been a theology student. How has that passion for theology and your relationship with God informed your work in these different areas? All my jobs were an attempt to authentically live my faith in my professional life, and certainly it was an imperfect science in finding a job that matched my skills and talents and also felt spiritually satisfying. It’s not difficult to see how teaching and being a campus minister could be spiritually satisfying. But those were really challenging professions for me and definitely did not suit my gifts and talents in the way that my more political work does now.

Can you speak to the community of CTU scholars—what are gifts from your time here (from 2009 to 2011) that continue to impact your life? Certainly the Bernardin Scholarship Program is layered on all of the work that I do now. The themes of Bernardin’s life and ministry have resonated as a challenge to me, to be the best Catholic, the best professional, and the best woman I can be. I think that’s certainly been one important piece that continues to affect my life. Gina Wolfe was my thesis advisor and I also took some very challenging classes with her. It was very interesting to be a young lay woman in an educational environment filled with seminarians and people in formation for religious life. And to sometimes feel, in a way that’s representative of the conversations in the broader church, that the church institution doesn’t always listen very carefully to the lived experience of Catholics. Particularly in classes on sexual and medical ethics—which were a big part of my program—those conversations got heated. And I was always impressed at Gina’s ability to respect and moderate a conversation. She may have had an academic opinion on those issues, but was very interested in watching us foster healthy debate and engage opposing views. That is the life of the Church. It’s, in many ways, the Church’s job to change slowly, to hold tradition closely, and in some ways it’s the job of the people in the Church to agitate for a truth that resonates more authentically with their lived experience. I think Gina was really good at that. Broadly, it was important for me at that time in my life, to be surrounded by successful and confident women who were dedicated to the Church, even as they asked challenging questions and would never deny their own lived experience.

Claire Markham, MA ‘11, alum and Bernardin Scholar spoke to Cardinal Bernardin’s influence on her current work at the Center for American Progress.

Many theologians have written that the election of Donald Trump has made for a “prophetic” challenge for them. Do you agree with this line of thinking? How do you balance the need to speak “prophetically” as well as be deeply committed to dialogue and common ground? That’s such an important question, especially right now. I think there are two things. The first is: to be specific about what being prophetic means. Theologians, in particular, have an obligation to be very specific about the prophecy that they hold at the center of their work. And in the Catholic tradition, we have an obligation to be mindful of the treasure-trove of intellectual tradition at our disposal, and responsible about how we dispense it. I’m wary of people who just throw out the word “prophetic.”… We needed prophetic witness before the election. Now, it’s incredibly important to take a moment and really ask ourselves: “what is our prophetic message and how are we deploying it?”

“…we…have an obligation to engage, not acquiesce.” And the second thing is we, as theological communities and faith communities, have an obligation to engage but not to acquiesce. I think that’s an important distinction. Respectful engagement does not necessitate that you lose your point of view. It’s something Bernardin modeled so well, and that we can see Pope Francis excel at, as well. No one is confused where Bernardin stood on Church teachings, but it did not keep him from engaging all kinds of communities on any number of issues. He knew that if he could get people to the table, he could make headway, and that headway was very meaningful.

Are there elements of your current job that bring your faith to the fore— where you’re doing that prophetic work? I think that’s a lot of my work. I’m very lucky in that way. Religious liberty work is one timely example. We have a valuable foundational American freedom in religious liberty and protecting that is very important, but we can also look around and see that religious freedom is not guaranteed for everyone in this country. I think what we’re going to see a shift from lofty conversations about what it means to be complicit in sin, which we heard from the bishops and others around the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case and the Zubik Supreme court case, to real, tangible questions of free exercise of religion. When armed militias stand outside of mosques or President Trump bans Muslim refugees from entering our country, the Muslim community cannot exercise their religious freedom. We need more prophetic faith voices calling for inclusive religious liberty, especially to protect the most vulnerable right now. w’



You opened your lecture by asking, “What would Cardinal Bernardin say about what’s happening now?” This was prior to the presidential election. What do you think Cardinal Bernardin would say now? I think [Cardinal Bernardin’s] first priority would be for people impacted directly by the election—especially immigrant communities feeling concerned about their future. So he would be committed to providing necessary pastoral services. In the longer term I see him addressing the question of how to create a space for ecclesial unity. This is not something that is easy to achieve. It’s a project, a journey that we’re on together.

To combat the polarization you see affecting both our church and our nation, you gave three concrete strategies the Church could employ: “style,” “structure” and “liturgy.” Do you see any one of them coming to prominence for Catholics? Any one of them that could use more emphasis or attention?

“…first and foremost is prayer…This is at the heart of the Christian spiritual life. We need to find our energy there.” They all have to work off each other. If you’re organizing for social change and you forget about liturgy, that is to the detriment of the Church. Likewise if you’re totally focused on liturgy and forget about communities in need. We need to figure out how to do all three, at the same time. But first and foremost is prayer—especially the Eucharist and liturgy. This is at the heart of the Christian spiritual life. We need to find our energy there. The Eucharist is not only the source of Christian life—it is also the summit.

Have you had opportunities to dialogue with others with different viewpoints than your own since the election? What have been takeaways from those experiences? I want to go back to the Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain. Maritain saw communities that were formed not in the dialogue of “big ideas” but in the achievement of practical tasks. When people achieve things together, then they can create a sense of community. Consider the example of the International Movement for Catholic Students in Kenya. After a difficult election in Kenya, the students and professors were constantly fighting and arguing over fees and classes and other issues. Strikes were very common. The Catholic students there started a Peace Units Program. The Program brought opposing parties together, not to speak about their differences, but simply to improve the environments around the school—to pick up trash around the campuses, to clean up their shared space. This simple initiative dramatically reduced the number of school days lost to strikes.

In his lecture on November 6, Professor Ahern spoke to the ways Cardinal Bernardin’s legacy could help address the problem of a deeply polarized political environment and church.

In your lecture you mentioned four of your favorite Biblical visions of the Kingdom of God—the One Family of God (Genesis), the Peaceable Kingdom (Isaiah 2; 4), the Banquet Table (Luke and Matthew’s gospels), and the Body of Christ (Paul’s letter to Galatians). Does the challenge or promise of any one of these seem especially pertinent to our particular moment? The Banquet Table. This was clearly one of Jesus’ favorite images, and especially as we approach the holidays, we can really rethink this. Who do we invite to our banquet table? How do we invite people on the margins? St. Pope John Paul II, when he came to Yankee Stadium in 1979, spoke of the story of Lazarus and the rich man. He wanted us to consider who are the most marginalized in our own communities? If we don’t invite people— even people who have different views than we do—then it’s like we lock ourselves out of the heavenly banquet. Recovering the power of this vision of the heavenly banquet seems a key to finding the joy that many of us seem to have lost.

You shared an especially moving quote from Cardinal Bernardin in your presentation: “The kingdom or reign that Jesus preached was at once a new vision of life and a task or responsibility for his followers to achieve. The kingdom was and is a vision or a dream, a reality yet to be fully realized. The kingdom is both a new consciousness and a task, a quest.” As a theologian living at this moment, what do you see as your particular task or quest? To me, that quote from Cardinal Bernardin reflects a Vatican II understanding of the Church as a “pilgrim people.” We’re all on a journey together. I see my vocation as helping us get a few more steps forward on the journey—and without losing track of where we’re going. I think this is true with any theologian—they are helping us on the journey. We’re all a little like Frodo’s companions in Lord of the Rings, helping him complete his quest. w’ KEVIN AHERN IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES AT MANHATTAN COLLEGE, AND PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT OF CATHOLIC STUDENTS.


McWilliams, Holtschneider Honored at ‘Peacemakers’ 2017

CTU will honor Monica McWilliams with the 2017 Blessed Are the Peacemakers award for her tireless witness for peace in Northern Ireland, her efforts to combat domestic violence, and her current involvement with the pressing humanitarian crisis of international refugees. The award is presented annually to an individual or institution whose accomplishments and commitments embody the mission of CTU, particularly in the areas of reconciliation, justice, and peacemaking. Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM, president of DePaul University, will be presented with the annual Diakonia award, given to outstanding local leaders who have given exemplary service to the larger Chicago community. Fr. Dennis was chosen for his superb record as chief administrator of DePaul University; for his cultivation of an alliance between our two institutions; for his untiring work for inter-religious dialogue in Chicago; and for DePaul’s attention to DACA students in higher education, exemplifying the best of the Catholic Social Teaching. Some past Peacemakers honorees include Ambassador and Mrs. Sargent Shriver, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Leah Rabin, Nobel Laureate John Hume of Northern Ireland, Queen Noor of Jordan, Steven Spielberg, Mary McAleese (former President of Ireland), and Dr. Paul Farmer (co-founder of Partners in Health). This distinguished award will be conferred at the annual event to be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel in Downtown Chicago. More than 500 of Chicago’s top religious, civic, and business leaders attend this event. This year’s event is set for April 26 at the Hilton Chicago. w’

In Memoriam Rabbi Herman Schaalman & Lotte Schaalman

Rabbi Schaalman was a longtime and truly distinguished friend to so many of us at Catholic Theological Union. He was an interfaith pioneer, who along with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was instrumental in founding the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. He passed away Tuesday, January 31, in Chicago at age 100. In addition to being the longest serving rabbi at Edgewater’s Emanuel Congregation, he will be remembered as being especially supportive of our Catholic-Jewish Studies Program and the other interfaith activities of the Bernardin Center. Earlier in January, Rabbi Schaalman lost his wife of nearly 76 years, Lotte Schaalman. w’

On November 14, the 20th anniversary of Cardinal Bernardin’s passing, Rev. Graham Golden, O. Praem., was awarded the USCCB’s Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. (left to right) Julia McStravog, CTU alum MA ‘14, and Graham’s nominator, Dan Golden (Graham’s father) Graham, and Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento.

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Golden also serves as director of the office of Christian Discipleship and Religious Formation for the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey nearby. Last fall, Golden received the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The award ceremony took place on November 14, the anniversary of Cardinal Bernardin’s death. The examples set by the Cardinal in his life—and death—have shaped Fr. Golden’s own walk as a pastor. “I think the things that I gained [from Cardinal Bernardin] that informed my ministry and my own spirituality were his strong commitment to authenticity and honesty,” Golden explained. Even as Bernardin came close to death, he noted his “ability to continue to live his life and his vocation in service to the church and God’s people.” Although Golden was shaped by his time in Chicago, New Mexico will always be his home. “We often think of Catholic American history beginning at Baltimore, but the Church was alive and well here long before Baltimore even existed,” he explained. “New Mexico became this place for all sorts of people who were seeking something, from the crypto-Jews and the Sephardic populations to the peasant classes of Spaniards. To this day…New Mexico is a place in the Church of seekers, of people looking for God, and for a deeper sense of his presence.” Golden’s experience at CTU was formative to the way he thinks about the universal Church. “Chicago has a much greater experience of the global church,” he said. “That…was a really captivating experience…it was suddenly seeing that this faith that was so embedded in daily life and culture…was capable of expressing itself in so many different forms, even within the same city. So that was an eye-opening experience.” His degree at Catholic Theological Union focused on intercultural ministry. “That really helped me bring a more analytical and critical lens to what my organic experience of the Church here was and begin to understand it through a more systematic theological and reflective way. I began to really see what was happening, what was at play, where the spirit was moving in all of those things.” w’


Happenings at CTU Left: Rev. Michael Pfleger (left), senior pastor at the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, pictured with Rev. Mark Francis, CSV, delivered his address on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” on January 11, 2017, to a packed house at CTU. Below, Left: (left to right) SVD seminarians Zachary Lee Andrew Smith, Jorge H. Zetino and Raymond Asagdem Akumbilm. Below, Right: Rev. Eddie De León, CMF, and Most Rev. Rosendo Urrabazo, CMF, provincial of the Claretian order, at Del Corazón a la Mesa, a celebration that higlights and supports CTU’s Romero Scholarship program.

Above: Executive Director of the National Immigrant Justice Center, Mary Meg McCarthy, spoke of practical ways we can support our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters in her February 12 lecture. Right: Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo from Williams College spoke at the 2016 Luzbetak Lecture this past fall, “California Dreams or Colonial Nightmares: St. Serra, the Missions, and the Borderlands of Memory.” To her left is Rev. Roger Schroeder, SVD and to her right is Carmen Nanko-Fernández.


Above: Rev. Leo D. Lefebure, professor at Georgetown University and presbyter of the Archdiocese of Chicago, reflected on the implications of the ‘Jesus the Jew’ model for wider interreligious dialogue. Rev. John Pawlikowski, OSM, (right) introduced his dialogue partner for the evening, Dr. Adele Reinhartz, who spoke on the Jewish setting for Jesus’ preaching and ministry. Left: Professor C. Vanessa White (right), the previous Tolton Program Director, now directs the MAPS and MA in Specialized Ministry Degree Programs at CTU..

Above: Marco Lopez (bottom left), director, and current Romero Scholars, take time out from the Del Corazón a la Mesa event for a group photograph on the CTU stairs. Right: Kimberly Lymore (left) has become the new Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at CTU this past summer. Professor C. Vanessa White (right), the previous Tolton Program Director, now directs the MAPS and MA in Specialized Degrees Programs at CTU.


KUDOS Chancellor of CTU and President Emeritus, Rev. Donald Senior, CP, received an honorary doctorate in Divinity from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto on November 5. On December 9, Rev. John Pawlikowski, OSM, Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, taught his last class, after 48 years of dedicated service on the CTU faculty. Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, received the Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence from Barry University. Her January 17 lecture at Barry was titled, “The Party’s Over and the Quest for Truth Continues.” CTU faculty were well represented among the 2016 award winners of the Catholic Press Association: Rev. Steve Bevans, SVD, was a contributor to the book 50 Years On: Probing the Riches of Vatican II, edited by David Schultenover, which received Honorable Mention in the category Fiftieth Anniversary of Vatican II. Steve’s essay was entitled, “Revisiting Mission at Vatican II: Theology and Practice for Today’s Missionary Church.” In the category of Liturgy, Rev. Gil Ostdiek, OFM took a third place award for his book Mystagogy of the Eucharist (Liturgical Press). In the category of Scripture: Academic Studies, two of the volumes of Wisdom Commentary series edited by Sr. Barbara Reid O.P., Micah by Julia M. O’Brien and Hebrews by Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg, tied for third place. Br. Ton Sison, CPpS, received Honorable Mention for the Best Regular Column: Culture, the Arts, and Leisure for his Movies’ Columns in National Catholic Reporter. Rev. Don Senior, CP took a second place award in the category of Professional Books for The Gift of Administration (Liturgical Press). APPOINTMENTS Rev. Eddie De León, CMF, a Claretian missionary, and a CTU graduate, who holds a D.Min. in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, joined the full time faculty in the SPM Department as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Director of Intercultural Outreach. Rev. Dan Horan, OFM recently defended his dissertation to complete his PhD in Systematic Theology at Boston College. He teaches one course each term this year at CTU and also serves as a Theological Reflector. Kimberly Lymore is the new Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program. Kimberly is a CTU graduate (M.Div. with Word and Worship Concentration, 2003), a former Tolton scholar, and completed a D.Min. at McCormick Theological Seminary in 2009. She has been serving as Pastoral Associate at St. Sabina Catholic Community since 2000. Kathleen Martin is the Director of Writing and Resource Center. Kathy is a CTU graduate (MAPS and Certificate in Biblical Spirituality, 2015). Kathy teaches the Writing and Grammar Skills Course (EN2000) in the Fall. She also recruits, trains, and supervises tutors and WRC drop-in staff, works with faculty to identify writing skill areas that need to be strengthened to ensure student success, and provides support for faculty in teaching to multi-lingual learners. Anne McGowan, joins the Word and Worship Department as Assistant Professor of Liturgy. She holds a PhD in Theology with a concentration in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame and has taught at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, University of Notre Dame, and Yale Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Christopher Rogers is the new Electronic Services Librarian. He holds a PhD in History, with a specialization in American Religious History, from Northwestern University and Master of Science in Information and Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Christopher has served as Metadata/Digital Resources Librarian for the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor/Faculty Instructor in History and Religious Studies at DePaul University since June 2006. Dr. Malka Simkovich was appointed to the Crown-Ryan Chair of Catholic-Jewish Studies and to the Directorship of the Catholic Jewish Studies Program in March 2017. Dr. Simkovich, who holds a Doctorate from Brandeis University and an MA from Harvard in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, has been a visiting professor at CTU for the past three years. RECENT BOOK PUBLICATIONS Rev. Dan Horan, OFM God Is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude Sr. Barbara Reid, OP Wisdom’s Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures Rev. Don Senior, CP Composing Sacred Scripture: How the Bible was Formed


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ALUMNI NEWS Selcuk Altunas, MA in Interreligious Dialogue ‘10, is completing a PhD at UW-Madison in the Languages and Cultures of Asia department. In the spring, Selcuk will teach “Christian-Muslim Dialogue” at Edgewood College as adjunct co-instructor. Rev. Corey Brost, CSV, MDiv ‘05, and Fr. Michael Gosch, CSV, MTS ‘86, are co-directors of Viator House of Hospitality, a residence for unaccompanied immigrant youth who have aged-out of the youth shelters in Chicago. The residence also is home to immigrants seeking asylum who have been released from detention facilities. Viator House provides housing, case management, and supportive services for men ages 18 to 22.

Proving that the CTU network is rich, Dan Masterson, MA-BM ’16, shares a story about recent collaboration with Melissa Carnall, MDiv ’15. Melissa currently serves as Pastoral Associate at Old St. Mary’s Parish, where Dan participated in this summer’s Theology on Tap series as a featured speaker. Dan is also leading a two-day service-learning immersion for his students at St. Benedict Prep, and Old St. Mary’s will host the group during the retreat.

Rev. Bernard Cotter, sabbatical resident ’97, recently co-authored a book entitled How to Survive Working in a Catholic Parish with Diana Klein, published by Redemptorist Publications in 2016 ( Rev. Tat Hoang, CSsR, MDiv ’06, worked as vocation director of the Redemptorist of Denver Province from 2008 through 2015. During this time, he was encouraged to promote vocations not just for the Redemptorists, but also for the Church as a whole. He recently published the book Hearing God’s Call: 30 Days of Vocation Discernment (Liguori Publications 2016) as a reflection on his experiences. Dr. Patricia Hughes, DMin ’03, writes “Worship Committee Agenda,” a regular column in Pastoral Liturgy, a journal published by Liturgy Training Publications. Additionally, LTP recently published her book Celebrating Sunday with Families 2016-2017 based on the Sunday Gospels. Dr. Elizabeth Julian, RSM, DMin ’00, recently contributed a chapter each to two books. The first, entitled “Dirt Matters: A Biblical Exploration of Soil and Human Alienation,” can be found in Living in the Planet Earth: Faith Communities and Ecology (Accent Publications 2016). Elizabeth’s second chapter is titled “Catholic Women and the Pontificate of Francis: Signs of Hope?” and is found in A Church in Change: New Zealand Catholics Take their Bearings (Accent Publications 2016). Roger Klauer, MDiv ’02, continues work as a medical doctor in Indiana. Currently, he uses his Master of Divinity as a physician facilitator at his hospital’s Schwartz Center Rounds, which focus on issues of compassion and ethics in medical cases. He also works in cancer survivorship, in which capacity he staffs a specialty clinic for patients with complications stemming from their cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery. As of September 26, 2016, Rev. Dennis Koopman, OFM, MDiv ’70, is cochaplain of the Motherhouse of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield, Illinois. Prior to this role, Fr. Koopman taught chemistry and algebra for 20 years at Quincy University before moving to St. Gratian Friary in 1995, where he preached Parish Missions and Sisters’ retreats for 21 years.

Dan Masterson, MA-BM ‘16 (far right), with a group of his students from St. Benedict Prep who participated in the service-learning immersion. Here, they’re visiting Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University in Chicago.

In July 2016, Marion Moeser, OFM, MDiv ’84, retired from the full-time faculty at Christ the King Seminary. At the Gradution Ceremony, May 13, 2016, Marion was honored with a citation and the President’s medal presented by Fr. Joseph Gatto, President-Rector, and Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo. In addition to this, Fr. Gatto announced that beginning this year there now will be an annual “Sister Marion Moeser Award in Sacred Scripture” presented to a worthy graduate. Susan M. Pudelek, MDiv ‘96, and Aarti Tejuja will co-lead three programs on ‘deep listening’ (Centering Prayer, Mindfulness Meditation) in the Winter Spirituality Series 2017 at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago. In May 2016, Kathy Schmitt, MDiv ’95, became pastoral director at Oak Crest Village, a senior retirement community in Parkville, Maryland. She oversees the Catholic Community there, with approximately 1,000 Catholics in residence.


CTU Awarded Hilton Grant The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recently approved a $360,000 grant for Catholic Theological Union to develop and implement a curriculum that would serve as a guide for practices around interculturality in religious communities, primarily women religious communities. CTU will prepare and accompany a core team from 25 religious communities through a program that includes self-assessment, two workshops and ongoing intercongregational dialogue. The first of the workshops will take place in November, 2017, on the CTU campus. Look for more information on the conference later this spring at


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CTU Logos Newsletter Spring 2017  

Logos is published twice a year, with information for alumni, friends, and supporters of Catholic Theological Union. This issue features in...

CTU Logos Newsletter Spring 2017  

Logos is published twice a year, with information for alumni, friends, and supporters of Catholic Theological Union. This issue features in...