The Lay Centre congratulates Rev. Mark R. Francis, CVS, the new president of Catholic Theological Union (CTU). His inauguration will take place on Sunday, 27 October 2013 in Chicago. In accepting the post, he succeeds the Rev. Donald Senior, CP, who is retiring from the office. CTU is the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States.
According to CTU’s press release, Fr. Francis is a member of the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians) and was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He obtained a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union. He served for three years in Bogotá, Colombia, and then, in 1988, he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy (S.L.D.) from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’Anselmo in Rome. He taught liturgy at CTU for 12 years and was a regular lecturer at the Liturgy Institute of Chicago and its Spanish language counterpart. In 2000, he returned to Rome as Superior General of the Clerics of St. Viator, where he oversaw the mission of the international community until 2012.