International Essay Competition — Round 2

  • $1,000 – DOMINIC DOYLE

    Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
    Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    Theological Virtue and the Psychology of Happiness

    “Effectively draws a close connection between the modern subfield of positive psychology and a Thomistic understanding of traditional Christian virtues. The argument that a Christian believer’s relationship with his or her conception of the divine mirrors a client’s relationship with the ideal therapist is well done, with solid grounding in scientific literature.”

  • $500 – EDWARD FOLEY, O.F.M., Cap.

    Catholic Theological Union
    Chicago, Illinois

    What Science Could Contribute to Preaching at Worship

    “The author claims a late entry into the world of technology and science, but he is a quick learner able to rethink the value of theoretical knowledge, theoria, (concerned with the ‘what’ of existence) and its complementary state of knowing, phronesis/praxis, that attends to the ‘how’ of acting in this existence. He tactfully takes note of the suspicions some harbor towards contemporary advances in sciences by illustrating how the connections between different forms of knowledge revitalize preaching by providing outlines of eight sermons informed by the sciences.”


    St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
    Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

    Attending to Pre-Natal Care Needs of Women with Help From Medical and Seminary Communities

    “A compelling story of seeing first-hand the high rates of infant mortality among parishioners who are often undocumented Latinas, deciding to do something about that, and then organizing community members, area doctors, hospitals, and seminarians to engage. Less ‘intellectual’ and much more practical than other entries, but it seems no less responsive to the call for that.”


    Mt. Angel Seminary
    St. Benedict, Oregon

    When Light Converges on Love and Vocation

    “The author was a senior executive at a medical-technology firm, engaged with the cancer-treatment efforts of that company. He convincingly connects the experience of scientific and technological discoveries related to functional nano-particles as anti-tumor agents, his care of his terminally ill young wife, and his then-emerging reconnection to an earlier sense of vocation.”


    Aquinas Institute of Theology
    St. Louis, Missouri

    Reconciling Faith and Science: The Big Bang Theory and Vocation

    “A clear exposition of the idea that science is a wondrous human endeavor that successfully gives us an understanding about many physical aspects of the universe, including the universe itself and its past history. Yet there remain (and are likely to remain) aspects of a believer’s faith that are inaccessible to science – e.g., the Resurrection of Jesus. Those are, at least for the present, matters exclusively of faith, and not amenable to scientific proof, since, by definition, miracles suspend the regularity of nature. The author portrays this need for faith – in the unprovable – as essential, and trust in that which science has discovered as pointless to deny.”


    Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    The Discovery and Use of Anti-retroviral Medicines Inspiring My Religious Vocation

    “Discusses the difference that the discovery of anti-retroviral therapy has made for those who are HIV- positive and especially those with AIDS in Africa.  ARVs have transformed the lives of many HIV-positive inhabitants of Africa (specifically Kenya), and especially of the HIV-positive children. The author takes inspiration from this success to minister to the sick.”


We are pleased to announce $250 (US) prizes to the following seminarians for essays that merited Honorable Mention:


    Arrupe College
    Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

    The Relationship between Science and Religion: From Creation to Evangelization

    Bigard Memorial Seminary
    Enugu, Nigeria

    Engaging Dehumanized Humanity with ‘Rehumanized’ Psychotherapy in Light of John 10:10