National Catholic Essay Contest Sponsored By DeSales University to Focus on Art & Culture
Art and culture is the theme of the second National Catholic Essay Contest sponsored by DeSales University. High school seniors from across the country are eligible to enter the competition. Entries must be received on or before Monday, January 9, 2006.
The purpose of the essay contest is to recognize excellence in writing by young people that shares the distinctiveness of Catholic thought.
"There are many young Catholics who have a developed sense of what their faith means," said Dr. Brian M. Kane, chairperson in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales University. "We want to provide a way for them to share their vision with their peers and with the Church." Kane directs the essay contest.
Awards include First Prize, a $2,500 scholarship to DeSales. Second and Third Place essays will be awarded $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively. The scholarships are not transferable and may only be used towards tuition charges at DeSales University.
In this year's contest, students are asked to interpret the place of art in their culture, using a quote by Pope John Paul II from his Letter to Artists on Easter Sunday, 1999. The completed essay should reflect the individual voice of each writer. Students should show how Catholic thought about the purpose of art interacts with and influences contemporary culture.
"In our world, there are many artistic conceptions of what it means to be human," said Kane. "Teenagers are continuously exposed to them, and we think that their experiences are a rich source of reflection."
DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year Catholic liberal arts university. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 350-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles south of New York City. DeSales has an enrollment of 1,756 full-time undergraduate students, 70 percent of whom live on campus. A total enrollment of 2,927 includes undergraduate day and evening students, and graduate students. In addition to a variety of degree and professional programs in different disciplines, the university offers the ACCESS Program, the region's leading accelerated degree program for adults.
For more information, including additional requirements, regarding the National Catholic Essay Contest, contact Dr. Brian Kane, chairperson in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1274, or Brian.Kane@desales.edu. To access information, including an entry form and flyer, go to the DeSales University Department of Philosophy and Theology Web Page.
Press Release: National Catholic Essay Contest Sponsored By DeSales University to Focus on Art & Culture | Posted on: 10/5/2005
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu