Student Essay Contest

The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family has announced the 2012 Father Michael J. McGivney Essay Contest, open to college students who are in their junior or senior years in the 2013-14 academic year. Through the contest the Institute seeks to encourage deeper reflection on the themes of culture, person, God, love, marriage, and family, especially as developed in the theological work of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

“In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear . . . Christ . . . in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself.” (Gaudium et spes, 22)

Write an essay commenting on the meaning of this passage from Gaudium et spes for the relationship of “continuity and fulfillment” between faith and reason. More details on essay requirements are online at or contact Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut in the CBU Office of Mission at (901) 321-3286 or

Essays must be 1200-1500 words, prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Entries must be received in hard copy format at the following address, no later than September 30, 2013. The first-place winner will receive a $2,000 prize, with a runner-up prize of $750.