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2022 World Catholicism Research Poster Presentation

Each year, undergrads from DePaul’s Catholic Studies courses submit a research poster, typically on that year’s World Catholicism Week topic/theme. The top 6-8 are selected by their professors to present their research posters in a public, interactive session before the conference itself kicks off. When we meet in person, three of our conference speakers always 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.” 

XI International Youth Forum (St. Peter's, Rome, June 2019)
XI International Youth Forum (Rome, June 2019)

Because there was not an abundance of readily available scholarly research on Catholic youth in the global South, this year's students were asked to research the Church's role in this region in either ecological matters or resistance to violence. And they themselves were the element of "young people"!

Since we did not meet in person this year, the students had submitted an image of their poster along with a short video explaining their research. These were posted on our CWCIT YouTube channel for viewing ahead of and during the conference. They were also shared with three of our speakers who served as this year’s respondents and who shared comments on the students’ work with them during this one-hour Zoom feedback session:

    • Flora S. Pasquereau (UN Special Criminal Court; Bangui, Central African Republic)
    • Hosffman Ospino (Boston College; Boston, MA, USA)
    • Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan (National Catholic Seminary of Beijing; Beijing, China
  • Our 2022 student presenters and their topics were

    • Juliet DiPadova, "The Catholic Response to Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria"
    • Rafal Jasielec, "The Church, the Pope, and the Clergy: Catholicism's Impact on Solidarity"
    • Juan Sanchez, "The Influence of Liberation Theology in Chiapas"
    • Kelly Maganini, "How Las Casas' Arguments Go against the interests of the Spanish Crown"
    • Anna Hickey, "The Catholic Church and the Anti-Mining Movement in El Salvador"
    • Bernardo Renteria, "The Sebastian Acevedo Movement against Torture in Chile in the Late 20th Century"
    • Kira Damo, "Beyond Marcos: Will People Power Continue?"

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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.