John C. Cavadini, James Martin,Patricia Bellm y Christopher T. Baglow - Teaching category winners


John C. Cavadini is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. He teaches, studies and publishes in the area of patristic theology and in its early medieval reception. He has served a five-year term on the International Theological Commission (appointed by Pope Benedict XVI) and recently received the Monika K. Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life.

Patricia C. Bellm was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and is Co-Director of the Science & Religion Initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. After a previous career as a chemical engineer and chemist, working in various parts of the world, Patricia Bellm accepted the invitation to study theology at the University of Notre Dame. As a scientist and a theologian, her unique perspective helped her to illuminate the detrimental impact unchallenged claims of incompatibility between science and faith had on Christian stewardship in research and engineering projects.

Working through the perceived conflict between science and faith, she became a passionate supporter of middle and high school teachers who were on the same journey. Rooted in the tradition of Origen and Augustine, she and her team developed the Science & Religion Initiative which effectively changes the way educators understand their Catholic faith informing their work with the next generation of Catholic leaders.

A native of Grand Cayman and Savannah, Georgia, Jay Martin is a doctoral candidate in Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame and serves as Co-Director of the Science & Religion Initiative in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. His primary area of research is at the intersection of Roman Catholic theology and contemporary philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, and politics. This research has deeply influenced his own approach to the dialogue between science and religion, particularly with respect to analyzing the discourse of both modern science as well as its religious detractors. As a former secondary educator in the American Catholic school system, Martin sees his work with the Science & Religion Initiative in a broadly evangelizing context. The Initiative endeavors to share with high school students not only the Church’s teaching on the compatibility between science and religion but also the rich history of ecclesiastical support for and critical role in the development of the sciences.

Christopher T. Baglowis Full Professional Specialist in the Science and Religion Initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame. Since 2005 he has directed numerous programs of faith-science integration at Catholic high schools, and is Director of Foundations New Orleans, a week-long summer seminar for Catholic high school science and religion teachers. Baglow is the author of the high-school textbook Faith, Science and Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge.

Sobre Catholic Educators to Engage the Dialogue Between Science and Religion.

The Science & Religion Initiative in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, IN, exists to serve the Church by promoting the dialogue between science and religion in Catholic secondary education in America. Since its inception in 2014, the Initiative has sought to provide opportunities for Catholic educators and administrators to learn more about the science and religion and to create effective and innovative curricula that address the perceived conflict between faith and reason. By creating a full complement of seminar and in-service programming, which brings teachers and administrators together with leading figures in the fields of physics, astronomy, biology, theology, and philosophy, as well as through the creation of educational and academic resources to be used in the classroom, the Science & Religion Initiative has trained several hundred educators in the Catholic school system in the United States. The Science & Religion Initiative is supported by the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation.