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Sheila McLaughlin

Director, Bernardin Center
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Sheila McLaughlin, a graduate of Catholic Theological Union, has served as the Director of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center since 2001. Previous to this position, Sheila was the Director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the first lay person to hold that position.

In 2001 she received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award from Pope John Paul II for outstanding service “for the church and the pontiff.”


Fr. Stephen bevans, s.v.d.

Faculty Moderator, Catholics on Call 
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Steve Bevans is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and moved with his family to California at age 13. After joining the seminary at the ripe age of 14 (yes, 14!), he has lived all over the United States and the world. He is a member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) a missionary congregation founded in 1875 by the German St. Arnold Janssen (1837-1909). He took his first vows in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood, just outside Rome, in 1971.

His first assignment was as a missionary to the Philippines, where he taught theology in a diocesan seminary that served nine dioceses in the northern part of the island of Luzon. 1981 he began doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame and graduated there in 1986 after having gotten a job here at CTU. "I knew from very young that I was called to be a teacher" he confesses, "and my greatest wishes have been fulfilled—to teach in a first-class school, with amazing colleagues on the faculty, and teach equally amazing students from every part of the world."

His main hobby is writing, but he also enjoys getting exercise, like walking and swimming, and he occasionally still plays racketball. He also loves music—especially classical music—and has series tickets with several friends to the CSO. He is a Cubs fan and tries to go to a game at least once a summer.



Program Coordinator, Catholics on Call

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Paola Tai is originally from Hong Kong, China where she graduated from The Hong Kong Institute of Education with a Bachelor of Education (Primary Grades) in 2005. After graduation, she became a Mandarin, Social Studies, and Religion teacher at Sau Mau Ping Catholic Primary School in Hong Kong. After three years of teaching, she moved to Italy and, undergoing three years of formation, became a consecrated member of the Focolare Movement, a lay ecclesial movement. In 2013, she moved to Chicago and became the Director of Religious Education and Evangelization at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. As of December 2015, she accepted the position at Catholic Theological Union as Program Coordinator for both the Catholics on Call program, as well as the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life.

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