The Center for Spiritan Studies

James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp., Director
18 Chatham Sq., Wilms Bldg.
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.4824
Fax: 412.396.1582

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    International Essay Competition

    The Center for Spiritan Studies
    announces a second International Essay Competition

    Topic: The Holy Spirit in Spiritan Life

    The competition is part of the Animation Plan of the General Council (cf. Bagamoyo 2.10.4).
    It is for professed Spiritans in initial formation. 

    The essay should demonstrate:

    • Insight into the Holy Spirit in the founders and the Spiritan Rule of Life, what it means to be a Congregation consecrated to the Holy Spirit.

    • Insight into the work of the Spirit in Christian life and in the prophetic dimension of religious missionary life.

    • Adequate contextualization of the topic in the life and mission of the local church.

    • Proposals for the renewal of Spiritan life and mission and for promoting availability to the Holy Spirit in the contemporary world.

    • Use of primary sources as far as possible (exclusive use of secondary sources was one deficiency noted by assessors in the last competition).

    The essay may be written in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish, using 1.5 line spacing and exceeding 15 pages (or 4,500 words). It should include full bibliographical data and justifying footnotes. The font should be Times New Roman 12 cpi.

    Essays are to be forwarded by May 1, 2016  to The Director, Center for Spiritan Studies, 18 Chatham Square, Wilms Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, U.S.A. or by email

    The resources at the Spiritan Collection at Duquesne are a valuable tool that may supplement your library resources.

    The Center for Spiritan Studies posts an initial bibliography that some may find helpful.

    Spiritan experts from the languages of the Congregation will be chosen as assessors through the Center for Spiritan Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. The assessors' scores will first be tallied to isolate the best four, then the assessors will reread these four to choose the first, second and third.

    The best three essays will be published and the authors will receive a Tablet. The first overall will also receive a Certificate from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. The results will be announced on October 2, 2016.