Catholic Theological Union
Prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ's good news of justice, love, and peace.
The 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago turned into a riot, and much of the city was set aflame as citizens looked on wondering with great fear what the future would hold. It was in the midst of these uncertain and frightening times that Catholic Theological Union was born. After the close of the Second Vatican Council, three religious orders (Franciscans, Passionists, and Servites) decided to take a chance. Filled with hope and the desire to participate in the renewal of the Church, these orders took a risky move and closed their individual seminaries. They decided to work together, to share their resources – libraries, professors, staff, and finances – to create a seminary that would be based on a model of collaboration. The name Catholic Theological Union describes the very nature of CTU.