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A priority of CTU's faculty is to serve as mentors to their students most of whom are preparing for a life of ministry and service.

A Mission of Mentoring

CTU has more than thirty full-time faculty members, many of whom are distinguished, world-renowned scholars and theologians. While committed to academic excellence and continuing to develop expertise in their fields, they are also dedicated to helping students prepare for a life of ministry and service. CTU professors are known for the time that they devote to mentor­ing students. Authors of the leading books on theology and ministry, they are also in constant demand as lecturers and speakers throughout the United States and abroad.

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Biblical Literature and Languages (BLL)

Biblical Scholarship is an essential part of our Catholic faith. The Second Vatican Council confirmed its importance in Dei Verbum by stating that the “force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons [and daughters], the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life.” In the spirit of Vatican II, the Biblical Literature and Languages Department continues the commitment to educate students to competently interpret the Scriptures in relation to the search for meaning, life, and nourishment in our world and church today.

  • Dianne Bergant, CSA, Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Professor Emerita Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies
  • Laurie Brink, OP, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
  • Leslie Hoppe, OFM, Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies
  • vănThanh Nguyễn, SVD, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Bishop Francis X. Ford, M.M., Chair of Catholic Missiology
  • Barbara Reid, OP, Vice President and Academic Dean, Professor of New Testament Studies
  • Donald Senior, CP, President Emeritus, Chancellor, Professor of New Testament Studies

Intercultural Studies and Ministry (ICSM)

With the changing landscape of the Catholic Church both in the U.S. and abroad, it is crucial today to educate ministers and leaders on how to serve effectively in intercultural settings. Courses offered by the Department of Intercultural Studies and Ministry prepare students to work with diverse populations and help them to better understand the meaning of mission in today’s context. Those seeking to build bridges across religious traditions also benefit from the many courses offered by experts in the field of interreligious dialogue.

  • Scott C. Alexander, Associate Professor of Islam, Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program
  • Michel Andraos, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Ministry
  • Claude Marie Barbour, Professor of World Mission
  • Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Culture
  • Gary Riebe-Estrella, SVD, Dean Emeritus, Retired Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Hispanic Ministry
  • Roger Schroeder, SVD, Professor of Intercultural Studies and Ministry, Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D., Professor of Mission and Culture

Historical and Doctrinal Studies (HDS) (includes Ethical Studies)

Faith in the God of Jesus Christ lies at the heart of Catholic belief. Over the centuries, the Church has endeavored to faithfully bear witness to life and ministry, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Department of Historical and Doctrinal Studies offers courses in Doctrine, Moral Theology, and History to prepare students with the knowledge of the content and development of the Christian faith, and the ability to competently interpret the Roman Catholic tradition in a faithful, historically critical, and culturally sensitive manner. This training enables students to engage the moral and social implications of the Roman Catholic tradition, continue to explore it as a living faith ever relevant to new situations, and to advocate for and strategize with the poor and the marginalized.

  • Stephen Bevans, SVD, Professor Emeritus
  • Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life
  • Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics, Erica and Harry John Family Chair of Catholic Theological Ethics
  • John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Professor of Social Ethics, Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program
  • Robin Ryan, CP, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Robert Schreiter, CPPS,Vatican II Professor of Theology
  • Antonio D. Sison, CPPS, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Regina Wolfe, Associate Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics

Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry (SPM)

Through various courses the Department of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry seeks to educate students in the biblical and traditional foundations of spirituality and pastoral ministry, while preparing them to spiritually accompany those whom they serve. Many of the offerings include an intercultural perspective responding to the growing diversity in the U.S. Catholic Church and need for spiritual leaders who can minister well to people from different backgrounds.

  • Eddie De León, CMF, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Director of Intercultural Outreach
  • Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, Associate Professor of Spirituality
  • Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández, Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry, Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program
  • C. Vanessa White, Assistant Professor of Spirituality

Word and Worship (WW)

The Department of Word and Worship promotes the integration of the critical study and reflec­tive practice of liturgy, sacraments, catechesis, and preaching in an interdisciplinary frame­work. Liturgical traditions are taught under theological, historical, spiritual, pastoral, ritual, and canonical aspects, with attention to the role of culture and the arts. The Department situates the study of liturgy and preaching in the holistic context of communal worship—preparation and formation for, the art and skill of, and continual reflection on liturgical celebration. We seek to imbue current and future pastoral ministers with “the spirit and power of the liturgy” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 14). The Department is committed to teaching liturgy in a way that invites people “to live the liturgical life” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 18) and to promote practices of justice in mission to the world.

  • Eileen D. Crowley, Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship Arts
  • Edward Foley, OFM Cap, Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music
  • Richard Fragomeni, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, Chair of the Department of Word and Worship
  • Richard E. McCarron, Associate Professor of Liturgy
  • Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, Professor of Liturgy