The Vilma Seelaus, OCD Prize for Carmelite Spirituality is inspired by the life and legacy of Â Sister Vilma of the Infant Jesus, OCD, a Carmelite nun of the Barrington Carmel.Â A well-known and highly respected authority on Carmelite Spirituality, she was known for her insightful lectures as a member of the Carmelite Forum.
A gifted scholar, her particular interest explored how Carmelite Spirituality speaks to the contemporary world.Â Her writings combine an understanding of contemporary psychology with the spiritual depth of the Carmelite tradition.
- How can you further the legacy of Sister Vilma Seelaus, OCD?
- What does Carmelite spirituality have to offer young people today?
- How does a contemplative spirituality enrich an active life and contribute to Christian mission?
We are calling for submissions from all academic areas: Â historians, theologians, ministry leaders, philosophers, sociologists, and other scholars and practitioners. Submissions from young scholars are especially encouraged, as are papers with a focus on Â Saint Teresa of Avila as we approach her fifth centenary.
- The competition is open to any interested scholar.
- No registration fee is required.
- Deadline for submission: June 30, 2014.
- Author notification: after September 30, 2014.
- The paper must be between 5,000 â€“ 10,000 words in length.
- The paper’s title, the name of its author, address, telephone, and email information should be provided on the application form in a separate attachment. The author’s name should not appear on the paper.
- Only one submission per person is admissible and must be accompanied by a statement confirming that the paper is not under copyright by any party other than the author and that it has not been previously published.
- Papers previously presented orally are eligible as long as they have not been or are not scheduled to be published in any publication.
- The jury will consider the clarity and quality of the writing, the adherence of the writing to the Carmelite tradition as well as the workâ€™s ability to further that tradition. The jury will also judge the suitability for publication in a Carmelite journal.
The author of the first prize paper will receive $500 and consideration for publication in The Sword, a Journal of Historical, Spiritual and Contemporary Carmelite Issues.
The top three papers will be posted on-line on www.CarmelStream.org, the Internet presence of the Carmelite Institute.
There is no application fee for the competition.
Papers must be submitted electronically in Word or a PDF file.Â Send a completed application form along with the paper, and any inquiries about the competition to:
Joan Knetemann,Â Executive Director, TheÂ Carmelite Institute