The Order of Carmelites proudly announce the Third Annual Father Kevin Shanley, O.Carm., Journalism Scholarship, to encourage young people to consider a career in writing.

Journalist, Director, Instructor and Celtophile, Carmelite Father Kevin Shanley was a pioneer in journalism for the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province. As editor of the Carmelite Review he published 406 issues from 1962 to 1998. He also began the “Carmelite News Service” as the press office for the Province. Concurrent with the Carmelite Review he was also editor of the Sword. This award is to be given out in his memory as we invite students to contemplate a journalism career.

The Carmelite Review is committed to encouraging young people to consider being writers and reporters. Many opportunities in the field are available, including Catholic journalism. Writing about your faith through the eyes of Carmelite-developed roots can be very rewarding. The ability to express this cultivated and animate charism in words is the very reason for establishing this scholarship.

Past editor of the Carmelite Review, Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial stated, “The world of journalism has changed and continues to change since Father Kevin, but one thing that has not changed is the need for young people to become involved in what really is a ministry—the ministry to inform people of the truth no matter what. This is even more critical in this day and age when social media presents so many opportunities.”

The Details:
This contest is open to students who are in their senior year at a Carmelite high school or are members of a Carmelite parish. Essays between 800-1000 words on the subject – How best can we as Catholics merge printed media with social media in this ever-growing electronic age? – are to be sent by a school teacher, school representative, or pastor, parish representative, either by mail or online. Submission deadline is March 20, 2014. Awards will be presented at a parish church or school graduation. The first place scholarship of $1,000 includes publication of the essay in our magazine. Second and third place prizes of $250 and $150 will also be rewarded.

Double-spaced typed essays with no personal information attached should be sent to: Father Kevin Shanley, O.Carm., Journalism Scholarship Award
Carmelite Review Magazine, 8501 Bailey Road, Darien, Illinois 60561
Essays may be submitted electronically to:

Cover sheet should include: essay title, student’s name, name of school, teacher or school contact, or parish and name of pastor. A list of your activities during your high school time including parish involvement should also be submitted. Also indicate your prospective college and major.

Essays cannot be submitted by the student. Submissions must be sent through a high school teacher or school representative, or pastor or other parish representative. Direct student submissions will not be accepted.

Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial, Carmelite Review Publisher
Brother Tom Murphy, O.Carm., former English teacher at Carmel Catholic in Mundelein, Illinois, now serving at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Rasa Narbutaitis, a former elementary school teacher who is the current book buyer for the Carmelite Gift Shop and Book Store in Darien, Illinois
Father John Welch, O.Carm., former Provincial of the Province, a columnist and author and a current contributor to the Carmelite Review.
Deacon Sal Lema, Carmelite Review Editor-in-Chief

For more information contact the Carmelite Media office at 630.971.0724 or e-mail:

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