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CTU is fortunate to attract many dynamic people of faith who bless our community with creativity, strength and vision. We are excited to announce the launch of Portraits, a regular online profile––text or video––of a current student, alumnus, staff, or faculty member. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us a little better! Check back regularly for a new Portrait.

March 23, 2016

At first I thought it was all about me helping others by giving of myself. But the reality is that these relationships involve both giving and receiving. It has become an amazing experience for me to be humble and open to others, not just to give but also to receive with an open heart.

October 9, 2015

Dannis Matteson and Tom Cook met as students as CTU. Today, they're a married couple living at Hope House at Back of the Yards in Chicago while also serving on CTU's staff. Read about their journey from campus ministry to rehabbing to living in community and working for social justice.

July 9, 2015

Want to learn a bit about our faculty members? Each week for the month of July we’ll be posting about a professor teaching next semester!

April 10, 2015
Picture this: It’s a late Saturday morning in Manila; already the warmth of the day has settled in with no relief in sight. The streets are humming with all kinds of activity – buying and selling and lively conversations. People are hurrying along or stopping to catch a breath. A young man of 16 buys a ticket to the local movie theater. It’s early so he has the movie to himself. The house lights go down, the sound comes up, and the screen is filled with images that cast their distinctive light on his upturned face. Very much glued to his seat, he is nonetheless transported a great distance away…
February 9, 2015

Julie Welborn, MDiv 2002, a former Tolton Scholar who is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree at CTU, is passionate about facilitating authentic encounters with God. Julie’s role as Director of Catholic Identity and Mission in the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, in addition to her love of leading retreats, preaching, teaching, and even baking, all exercise her gift for creating experiences that are nourishing to mind, heart, and soul, and foster transformation.

November 12, 2014

After receiving his MA in Justice Ministry from CTU in 2013, Tim Masterton unexpectedly found a position at WTTW, Chicago’s local public broadcasting station. As WTTW’s Manager of On-Air Fundraising Operations, Tim stepped away from a traditional ministerial role, opting instead to employ the skills he developed at CTU to public television’s own mission of service. He cites the spirit of openness, understanding, and dialogue that he was encouraged to cultivate at CTU as a strong foundation for his success in the position.

August 22, 2014
“When you say ‘yes’ to God, you find yourself in some very interesting places,” Nan reflects with a mixture of laughter and wonder at the unexpected paths her life has taken. Nan grew up in Glendale, Calif., and despite being a true “California girl” she fell in love with Paul, her future husband, who was from the Midwest. Business eventually called him back to Indiana, a place that Nan remembers him describing as “cold, but not like the tundra.” More than one subsequent Midwest winter challenged Paul’s description.
June 16, 2014
You might say that Madeleine Moya’s life unfolded in a way that is familiar to many Catholic women. As a child, she felt close to the Church. There were times when she wondered whether she was called to be a nun. In college, her connection to the Church waned. Her degree led to a career in the information systems industry. She met a wonderful man, Dean, and they decided to marry.
April 11, 2014

Stephanie Cherpak, Matthew Dougherty, OPraem, and Bernadette Raspante each came to CTU with different backgrounds, goals, and ambitions, but over the past year their efforts have coalesced to found Theophilus: The Student Journal of the Catholic Theological Union. For all three young editors, the journal represents a desire to foster a spirit of dialogue and debate in the CTU community and beyond.

February 4, 2014

The most important moments in life are often the ones we don’t see coming. For Craig Gould, CTU’s Director of Catholics on Call and the Peacebuilders Initiative, one of those moments was the passing of his father from a sudden heart attack when Craig was just 13 years old.

“I think I matured very quickly,” he said. “And it started me on a process of asking deeper questions. My friends would party on the weekends, but I thought all that stuff was kind of boring and meaningless. I was mindful of doing things with my life that were meaningful.”