Request by Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP

Saints John Paul II and John XXIII Scholarship Fund

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Support our lay and religious students in memory of these extraordinary popes.  


"In convening Vatican Council II Pope St. John XXIII asserted that “The greatest concern of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously,” noting that “the substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another….”
Inspired by the same desire, Pope St. John Paul II sought “… a reconciliation between the secularity of the world and the radicality of the Gospel” which he regarded as the particular genius of St. Thomas Aquinas. Therefore he also called for a renewal of philosophy: “With its enduring appeal to the search for truth, philosophy has the great responsibility of forming thought and culture; and now it must strive resolutely to recover its original vocation.”
It is precisely this outward engagement with the modern world through integrating philosophical and theological study according to the mind and method of St. Thomas Aquinas that is the hallmark of the education we provide at DSPT". (Excerpt from April 2014 letter DSPT PDF from Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP)

Both saints together taught us that we will not evangelize our modern world by condemning it or disparaging it or by engaging it politically. Instead, we will touch the hearts and minds of our contemporaries by revealing to them their identity and profound dignity as persons in the “unique and unrepeatable human reality” that each of them manifests in all of the concreteness of his or her life as “friend of God and heir to eternal glory.” Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, What John XXIII and John Paul II Can Teach Us