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Alliance with DePaul University

“The importance of these two institutions to the life of the Archdiocese is without question. This alliance will strengthen the Catholic mission of both institutions.”-- Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago

On October 5, 2011 it was announced that Catholic Theological Union, the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States, and DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the United States, will continue to strengthen their long-standing relationship by officially forming an educational alliance. This formalized alliance will be a vehicle for both institutions to explore exciting new ways to deliver educational opportunities to our respective students, faculties, and staffs.

For CTU, we will be able to offer our students who are preparing for ministry access to managerial, communications, social media education, and many other areas of interest that will augment their theological learning and better prepare them for leadership roles in the Church.  

For DePaul, which does not have a graduate program in theology, this alliance will make it possible for their students interested in theological graduate study to begin doing so while still at DePaul.  Additionally, their faculty will be able to potentially expand their experience by teaching both at CTU and DePaul.

CTU and DePaul are both healthy and financially sound institutions. The alliance will not include any changes in governance or financial structures.  Through the alliance, however, both institutions will be in a better position to meet the changing needs of those students interested in theological study, and be better prepared to take a leading role in shaping the discussion of how that education should be delivered.  This will include joint conferences designed to advance the discussion of ministerial education.

CTU and DePaul both have missions that are firmly rooted in Roman Catholic tradition and both institutions are committed to ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and global outreach.  This alliance will enable both institutions to enhance their Catholic character and strengthen Catholic educational opportunities in Chicago.

Representatives from both schools are working together to provide programs and offerings as a part of this new alliance. More information will be announced in the coming months.

About DePaul University

DePaul is the largest private university in Illinois and the largest Catholic university in the United States. The university enrolls a richly diverse population of more than 25,000 students who take classes on two city and six suburban campuses. DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers (the Congregation of the Mission), a Roman Catholic religious community that continues the mission and values of Saint Vincent de Paul.  That mission includes evangelizing the poor after the fashion of Jesus Christ. The university emphasizes academic excellence, service to the community, access to education and respect for the individual.   DePaul’s Department of Religious Studies offers a bachelor’s degree and a minor in Religious Studies.  DePaul also has a program in Catholic Studies and is the home of the Center for Global Catholicism, which is at the forefront of the discussion about the relationship between the global Catholic Church and the forces of globalization.

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