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GTF Alumni featured on our website

For the past two years or so, we’ve dedicated a page on the Graduate Theological Foundation’s website to a selection of alumni who have distinguished themselves through their ministry.  We recently made some updates to our Alumni page of a few names of graduates, including a biography and a few words of their own describing their experiences at the GTF.


Dr. Carole Eipers earned the Doctor of Ministry from the GTF in 1988.  She served as Director of the Office for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Chicago for nine years as well as President of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership.  Currently, she is Vice President, Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier Publishing, Inc.  In recognition of her service in the field of education, the Graduate Theological Foundation awarded her the Doctor of Education honoris causa in 1999.  (Read more.)





Dr. Joseph Hagan is a two-time graduate of the GTF, having earned the Doctor of Ministry in 2005, returning to earn the Doctor of Education in 2009.  Dr. Hagan is a Gentleman-in-Waiting to Pope Francis (Rome, Italy) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of John Cabot University (Rome, Italy), and has a wealth of experience serving in senior positions at the college and university level.  About his experience at the GTF, he says, “The Graduate Theological Foundation made it possible for me to earn doctoral degrees in mid-career…”  (Read more.)




Sr. Joanna Okereke, HHCJ, recently earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the GTF.  Originally from Nigeria, she currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.  She is also National President of the African Women Religious Conference (AWRC) in the United States; President of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Local Chapter; and Founder of the National Association of African Catholics in the United States.  About the GTF, she states, “I can confidently say that what I learned is an act of personal faith in affirming what I believe and recognizing what it means to me in my call to service.”  (Read more.)


Dr. William Mueller is also a two-time graduate of the GTF, having earned the Doctor of Ministry in 2005 and later going on to earn the Doctor of Psychology in 2009.  He currently serves as Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care & Counseling and Adult Education at Winnetka Congregational Church on Chicago’s North Shore as well as an Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor at Loyola University Chicago: Graduate School of Social Work.  About his experience at the GTF, Dr. Mueller comments that, “Both degrees enhance my ministry in faith communities, the academy, and society.”  (Read more.)