Anniversary Bursary Support Thank You

posted on 19/12/12 10:46 am by Kathy McMerty  

Dear Redemptorists,

This is a note of gracious thanks!!!!  I’d like to inform you of my PhD completion, with “completion” being the best kind of thanks for your generous scholarship support over two of my years of doctoral study at the University of St. Michael’s College.

My PhD dissertation in theology, An Exploration and Adaptation of Anton T. Boisen’s Notion of the Psychiatric Chaplain in Responding to Contemporary Issues in Clinical Chaplaincy, was successfully defended on Sept 18th, 2012. Prof. Joe Schner SJ of Regis College was my thesis director.  Sr. Anne Anderson CSJ of St. Michael’s was a committee member. 

I am also happy to report that I am already working in ethics, as a post doctoral fellow with the Centre for Clinical Ethics, the same centre at which one of your own Redemptorists, Fr. Miller, is a member. For more info about this fellowship, see my link [] at the Joint Centre for Bioethics which is affiliated with this program. 

Again, I wish to thank you for your investment in Catholic health care and your generous help in advancing scholarship! 

Christopher DeBono, PhD

Dear Redemptorists,

I’m writing to share that I successfully defended my dissertation on Catholic witness and mission in a secular age last month and have earned my Ph.D. from TST.  

Your Congregation and you personally, Fr. Mark, have had so much to do with my vocational path to pursue ministry and theology, and I will be sending you a copy of my bound dissertation when it is ready.  I can’t thank you all enough for the tremendous ways in which you have been the tangible presence of God’s grace in my educational journey.

You are all of course in my acknowledgments, but I wanted to share my thanks to you directly for your immensely generous and unfailing support, financially and spiritually.  The Redemptorists of Canada have really helped me to discern my vocation and to live it joyfully and perseveringly.  Thank you for teaching me so much about what it means to love Jesus Christ by sharing with me your order’s charism, spirituality, and mission to serve the most poor and abandoned.  I really can’t thank all of you enough, though you, David Louch, and Leo English have been particularly encouraging of my intellectual vocation.

I saw Tom O’Rourke today at a conference (Canadian Catholic Students Association) held at King’s today, where I helped to lead a workshop on witness on a secular and multi-faith campus.  It was great to be reminded of my time at SERVE with the Sudbury team, and again by a former SERV-ite student who remembered me from a talk I gave a couple of years ago at Redeemer House.

All has led to a truly graced present: I have been extremely busy teaching moral theology and ecclesiology at King’s University College in London since September.  It is a very full and intense experience, but I am learning a lot every day about how to teach effectively and live this vocation well and it is such a blessing.

Peace, joy and deepest thanks, in Our Redeemer,

Carolyn Chau, Ph.D.

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