The Rev. Mark Francis, CSV, was named the 7th president of the largest graduate school of theology and ministry in the country, the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He comes to the role as the most recent superior general of the Viatorians’ worldwide community.

“I’m excited and look forward to continuing the vitality of this school of ministry,” Fr. Francis said, “whose graduates have touched so many lives around the world.”

CTU reflects the global Catholic church, with students from 46 countries, including seminarians from religious orders, lay men and women, and students of various faiths, including Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant all in dialogue with the Catholic tradition.

“We anticipate a robust future under the leadership of President-elect Fr. Francis,” said the Rev. Kurt Hartrich, O.F.M., chairman of the CTU Board of Trustees. “He brings a rich history as an educator, scholar and administrator.”