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2023 World Catholicism Research Poster Presentation

Each year, undergrads from DePaul’s Catholic Studies courses submit a research poster on that year’s World Catholicism Week topic/theme. The top 8-10 are selected by their professors to present their research posters in a public, interactive session before the conference itself kicks off. Three of our conference speakers serve as respondents, speaking individually with the students about their research and then coming together to offer their comments on each student’s work in a “feedback session.” This year's respondents are

  • Daniel F. Pilario, CM (St. Vincent School of Theology—Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Yasmine Cajuste (Famvin Homeless Alliance—Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
  • Theresa Eke, DC (Daughters of Charity International Leadership—Paris, France)

This year's student presenters and topics are

  • Nikki Allen—The Daughters of Charity: Combating the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in East Africa
  • Thalia Cruz—How the Catholic Church is Helping Solve the Poverty Crisis in Latin America
  • Daniel Lopez—The Amazon's Protector: Sister Dorothy Stang
  • Eden Nisam—Agnes Brazal's Theology of Equality for Migrants and Women in the hurch
  • Michelle Nolasco—Overcoming Injustice in Ecuador through Nonviolence
  • Janet Olivera—La Virgen de Guadalupe and her Guadalupanos
  • Rijad Puskar—Oscar Romero and Land Reform in El Salvador
  • Emily Santos—Homelessness in Brazil & How the Institute of Global Homeslessness is Handling It
  • Serena Stern—Dom Helder Camara's Teachings of Nonviolence
Serving the elderly poor in Cameroon
Sr. Lorraine Toko, DC, serving the elderly poor as part of a Rosalie Projects initiative in Midjivin, Cameroon.

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Founded in 1968 in the spirit and vision of the Second Vatican Council, CTU has grown to be one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the U.S. Located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, CTU offers 9 degrees and 10 certificate programs. Its distinguished Catholic faculty also includes scholars from the Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. And over the years its programs have expanded to address the intercultural needs of the Church in an increasingly global society.

CTU alums now number 4,000 serving the Church across the U.S. and in 60 countries worldwide. They work in parishes, homeless shelters, prisons, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, gang ministry, hospices, social service organizations, and myriad other ministry settings.

The DePaul-CTU Connection

In 2011, CTU and DePaul formed an educational alliance as a way to explore new ways to deliver educational opportunities to their respective students, faculties, and staffs.
As a result, CTU can offer its students who are preparing for ministry access to managerial, communications, social media education, and many other areas of interest that will augment their theological learning and better prepare them for leadership roles in the Church.
And DePaul, which does not have a graduate theology program, can offer those of its students who are interested in theological graduate study the chance to begin doing so while still at DePaul.