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Further Opportunities

There are a number of other possibilities that could enhance or extend your sabbatical experience:

  • Take a year-long sabbatical.  Join the Hesburgh Sabbatical for one semester and then design your own program for another semester.

  • Five new Master of Arts degree programs have been inaugurated at CTU.  They are in the areas of Biblical Ministry, Hispanic Theology and Ministry, Intercultural Ministry, Justice Ministry, and Liturgy.  These can be completed in as few as three semesters (36 hours), up to 12 of which can be earned on line or in blended courses.

  • Biblical Study and Travel programs provide an opportunity to experience the lands of the Bible in an academically oriented program.  These programs (which include a Fall program to Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, an Israel/Jordan Study program every other January, and a Holy Land Retreat which takes place after the Spring semester ends) are led by the faculty of the Biblical Literature and Language department at CTU.

  • The Summer Institute allows for further updating and enhancing of ministerial skills, as well as the deepening of theological and spiritual understanding.  The intensive courses meet for two and a half hours a day, five days a week, for three weeks during June and July.

  • The Institute of Religious Formation is a year-long residential program for those who have formation responsibilities in religious communities or diocesan seminaries.  The IRF shares faculty with the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program.

  • The Institute for Sexuality Studies at CTU offers a one-month education program for those involved in clergy and religious formation, spiritual direction, pastoral care, education and other forms of ministry.  It is an independent study program which is guided by a tutor.

  • Online and Blended (minimal on-campus time) Courses allow sabbatical participants to engage in distance learning as a preparation for their sabbatical or to prepare to enter a degree program at CTU. 

  • The Claret Center for Spiritual Direction offers an internship in spiritual direction, which can also be taken for credit at CTU.