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Bishop and Theologians Reading Groups: This year members are once again invited to organize small local reading groups to meet with at least one local bishop, to study and discuss a mutually chosen theological text, possibly in the context of a shared meal. The board will fund up to ten such groups for a maximum of $500 each; the funds are meant to cover the cost of books and dinner. We suggest that groups choose a classic theological text or perhaps the recent papal encyclical, Laudato Sí, for discussion. Groups are asked to submit a request for funding for the board consideration by October 1, that will include 1) the names of the participants; and 2) the text(s) that you will be discussing. The proposals can be e-mailed to the CTSA President at The board will consider applications and make approvals during the Board’s fall meeting later in October.


Omaha, NE - February 5, 2020

College of Saint Mary and Creighton University faculty met with
Archbishop George Lucas

Yves Congar, O.P., “The Third Article of the Creed,” chapter in Spirit of God: Short Writings on the Holy Spirit

Participants (Left to Right):

Sherri Brown, Ph.D. (Creighton), H. Ashley Hall, Ph.D. (Creighton), Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D. (Creighton), Archbishop George Lucas, Maryanne Stevens, RSM. Ph.D. (College of Saint Mary), Jennifer Reed-Bouley, Ph.D. (College of Saint Mary), Emily Kahm, Ph.D. (College of Saint Mary), Andrea Stapleton, Ph.D. (College of Saint Mary), Jay Carney, Ph.D. (Creighton)

Chicago, IL - September 26, 2019

Loyola University Chicago - Institute of Pastoral Studies
Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church

Auxiliary Bishop Ron Hicks met with IPS faculty and staff members Michael Canaris, David Dault, Timone davis, Peter Jones, Heidi Russell, Bill Schmidt, Nathaniel Samuel,  Deborah Watson, and John Fontana 

San Diego, CA - December 4, 2019
University of San Diego, Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Laudato Si

Bishop Robert W. McElroy, Victor Carmona, Emily Reimer-Barry, Maria Pilar Aquino,  and Karen Teel


Dubuque, IA - March 25, 2019
Loras College & Clarke University - Theology Departments
Gaudete Et Exsulete

Archbishop Michael Jackels, Paulette Skiba (Convener), William Gregory, Susanna Cantu Gregory, Amanda Osheim, Doug Wathier, John Waldmeir, Jacob Kohlhaas,  and David Pitt


St. Paul, MN - April 23, 2018
Saint Catherine University, Theology Department
Laudato Si'

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Colleen Carpenter (Convener), Bill McDonough, Vince Skemp, Paul Greene, Claire Bischoff, Christine Luna Munger, Susan Stabile, and Deb Organ


Chicago, IL – March 1, 2016
Discussion focused on multiple topics. No formal text was used.

Archbishop Cupich, Susan Ross (Convener), Faculties from the Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago   

Toronto, ON - April 5, 2016
 Evangelii Gaudiem

Gill K. Gouding, C.J. (convener), Cardinal Thomas Collins, Bishop John Boissoneau, Bishop William McGrattan , Mark Jenson, John Berkman, Gilles Mongeau, S.J., Moira McQueen, Jeremy Wilkins 

Toronto 2016

Los Angeles 2015


Los Angeles, CA - October 16, 2015
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California 
John Henry Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Local Bishop: Kevin W. Vann, Paul Monson (Convener), Thomas Rausch, S.J., T. Marie Chilton, James Fredericks, Michael Horan, Amir Hussain, Roberto Dell’Oro, Jonathan Rothchild, Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, Susan Abraham, Brett Hoover, Matthew Petrusek, Marie Anne Mayeski

Bridgeport, CT - October 27, 2015 
Focused on the  topic of synodality. In preparation everyone read a joint document of the International Theological Commission and the Orthodox Church on the topics of authority and leadership.

Bishop Frank Caggiano, Phyllis Zagano, John Thiel, Ono Ekeh, Paul Lakeland, Nancy Dallavalle

Chicago, IL – April 9, 2015
lo cotidiano, daily lived experience as accessed by Latin@ Theologies and African American Theologies with particular attention to: Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Readings from the Edges: The Bible and People on the Move (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011).

Miguel Díaz (Convener), Carmen Nanko-Fernández (Convener), Anthony Suárez-Abraham, C. Vanessa White, Archbishop Blase Cupich, Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Enrique Cortes

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – February 23, 2015
Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium

Susan K. Wood (Convener), Archbishop Jerome Listecki, John Thiede, Joseph Mueller, Robert Masson, Joseph Ogbannaya, Philip Rossi, David Schultenover


Morristown, NJ - June 9, 2014
The Life of St. Francis by Bonaventure

Catherine Martin (Convener), Bishop G. Thomas Donato, 
Erin Lothes Biviano, Sr. Diane Collesano, Fr. Thomas Wisnewski

Omaha, NB - January 30, 2014
Bonaventure's The Soul’s Journey into God

Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Jay Carney, Gary Eller,  Eric Kyle, John O'Keefe, Aline Paris, RSM, Christine Pharr, Jennifer Reed-Bouley (Convener), Bart Zavaletta

Ottawa, ON - May 12, 2014
Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel

Faculties of St. Paul's University's Theology and Cannon Law (Catherine E. Clifford, convener), Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck, Bishop Michael Oulton

Philadelphia, PA - March 30, 2014
at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

“The Role of Personal Influence on People We Teach or Serve: Suggestions from Cardinal Newman”

Bishop Timothy Senior, Edward Jeremy Miller, Carol Breslin, Rodger Van Allen, Walter Conn, Joann Conn, Msgr. Richard Liddy, Robert Christie, Msgr. Michael Magee, Gerald S. Vigna, Joseph Stoutzenberger, Geffrey B. Kelly

Omaha 2014

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