The Future Church, Now – Catholic Theological Union
03 May 2022

CTU honors a new generation of church leaders through these outstanding representative graduates who are lay ministers, scholars, newly professed women religious, and newly ordained religious order priests

In honoring these CTU graduates, we intend to honor all the young men and women throughout the world who make the future of the church alive NOW! 

To illustrate the breadth and depth of our alumni, we could have shared hundreds — or even thousands of stories.  For tonight, here are just a few reflections from CTU alumni:

  •  Fr. Hugo Esparza-Perez, a Passionist priest serving in Haiti
  • Shannon Schmidt, author and Parish Vitality Coordinator with the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Stephanie Clary, Environmental Editor at National Catholic Reporter’s EarthBeat
  • Sr. Christa Parra, IBVM, serving on the border in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez
  • Deacon Carl Gales, a Divine Word Missionary, Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Africa
  • Emily Davis, in the Theology Department of DePaul College Prep