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M. Theresa Martinez

                                        Catholic Studies Scholarship


M. Theresa Martinez Catholic Studies Scholarship

M. Theresa Martinez was an undergraduate at Sacred Heart University, and later she completed her sixth year in Education here at the University. She spent her professional life as an elementary school Principal for over 10 years of her career.

Despite chronic illness and years of medical treatments and physical suffering, Theresa’s focus was always on her faith and spiritual life, the life of the mind, and giving back to those in dire need, especially women and children.

In many ways Theresa exemplified the interdisciplinary nature of Catholic Studies and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Her reading interests were wide-ranging — theology, science, and the arts, especially opera. She read Chardin and Rahner and talked about them as if they were her close companions. She gave of herself in so many ways but her joy was in mentoring young students from inner city schools, helping them with school and life issues, often buying them the books, the computer or clothing they could not afford, or bringing them to museums, concerts.

This scholarship underscores her life—long avocation to engaging with Catholic thought across the disciplines, and to fostering the development of young people’s minds and hearts.

 
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