Catholic Theological Union at 50: educating church ministers since the Second Vatican Council

When Catholic Theological Union opened its doors in Hyde Park in 1968, the world — and the church — looked quite a bit different than they do now. It’s no wonder that the graduate school of theology founded after the Second Vatican Council also has undergone a series of transformations.
Catholic Theological Union bought the former Aragon Hotel, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., in 1967 to be its urban campus. Classes were held in the neighboring Sinai Temple school building. (Photo provided)
Lay students and seminarians have studied in the same classes since the 1970s.(Photo provided)
Students from the Oscar Romero program for Hispanic ministry meet during a class on Sept. 20, 2012. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Students and staff from the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry program greet people at an event Feb. 20, 2010. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Passionist Father Donald Senior, seen in this file photo, served as president of CTU for 23 years. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)