Follow in the Footsteps of Saint Robert Bellarmine: Scholarships
Speaking in support of a Catholic college degree, Kelly Salomon, director of family and parish programs for the Cardinal Newman Society, highlighted the challenges young Catholics face in the current cultural climate.
“How does a young Catholic navigate today’s dangerous culture without a faithful Catholic upbringing, without really knowing the faith, understanding how it relates to all areas of knowledge and life, and being able to defend her?” Solomon told the Register.
“We see most young adults not attending Mass, and most don’t believe in the real presence in the Eucharist – they actually think the Church teaches that it’s just a symbol,” she added. “But the revival of faithful Catholic education will bring a renewal of faith and culture.”
“Catholic education is essential for the soul of young people and for the future of the Church. In faithful Catholic colleges, students are trained for their careers and vocations,” Solomon said.
Donavan, a marketing student, stressed the importance of integrating Catholic training and workplace education.
“Business and theology go hand in hand,” he said. “They cannot be separated.”
“I could go to any other college and do well and do well, get my degree in marketing and learn how to make the best sales pitch ever, have a 100% sales record and do anything. to get the sale.” However, if a client was allowed to walk away without “feeling the love of Christ,” Donavan said, “it would all have been for naught.”
A higher education institution not listed in “The Newman Guide”, which is still eligible for the scholarship, is a school named in honor of Saint Joseph the Worker in Steubenville, Ohio, scheduled to open in 2023.
“Christ belongs in the workplace,” Donavan said. “We want to make sure people know how to bring it into the workplace by going to authentically Catholic universities.”
The Register also recommends its own list of higher education institutions that prioritize sound Church teaching in their programs in its annual report.”Catholic Identity College Guide.” The list includes “Newman’s Guide” schools as well as others not included in the Bellarmine Fund scholarship, but the fund’s organizers recognize it “as a reliable way to achieve a competent and faithful Catholic education,” according to Uzdavinis.
“We basically look at the whole person,” Donavan said.
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“While our current focus is directly on Cardinal Newman Society-accredited schools,” Uzdavinis told the Register, “our fund hopes to soon be able to provide financial assistance to all faithfully Catholic institutions of higher learning nationwide.”
In part, the purpose of the fund is to help counter “radical ideology and revivalism” that “has invaded higher education, perhaps even in Catholic institutions,” Uzdavinis added.
“Attending a university in which students are exposed to divine truth and provided ample opportunities to receive divine grace is of utmost importance. Our fund aims to make this possible for the many students across the country who crave such an experience.
“The St. Robert Bellarmine Fund has the ability to reach so many Catholic students in ways that we hope will inspire them to seek Catholic truth and help them achieve it,” he continued. .
“Our goal is to become a reliable means for countless families to allow students to focus more on the quality they receive in their education and less on how they will manage to pay for it.”