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For immediate release
October 5, 2005
Contact: Fabiola Joubert
202-687-1143
fnj2@georgetown.edu
Georgetown University Research Center Honors Noted Catholic Church Researchers
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University celebrates Church research with Mass and awards banquet

Washington, D.C. - The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University will give two awards to noted leaders of Catholic research tonight at its annual Mass, dinner, and awards ceremony.  The ceremony will be followed by a talk on "Some Crucial Themes for Church Researchers Today" by Sr. Katarina Schuth, one of the award recipients.

Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF, Ph.D. will receive the Father Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Award for Exemplary Research.  The award, named in honor of CARA's first executive director, is given annually to a researcher who has made a significant lifetime contribution to research on the Catholic Church.  Sr. Katarina has overseen a number of signigicant studies of Catholic seminaries and other institutions of theological formation and education in teh United States.  She is a charter member of the Common Ground Initiative founded by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and lectures around the world on theological education, pastoral theology, and cross-cultural perspectives on religion and society.  Sr.  Katarina holds the Endowed Chair for the Scientific Study of Religion at Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul Minnesota.  She is the author of Reason for the Hope: The Futures of Roman Catholic Theologates (1989), Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Traditions (1999) and co-author of forthcoming Educating Leaders for Ministry: Issues and Responses.

Sr. Mary Peter Traviss, OP, Ph.D. will receive the Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research.  The medal is named in honor of Richard Cardinal Cushing, one of the prinicipal founders of CARA, and is awarded annually to a person or organization that has advanced Church research through their understanding of its uses and their active support of it.  Sr. Mary Peter is Director Emerita of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of San Fransisco, where she continues to teach and adivse students in the doctoral program.  She has written and lectured widely on educational leadership and administration, moral development, and Catholic School research.  She is past president of the Elementary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association and of the Association of Catholic Leadership Programs.  She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the 2005 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from NCEA.

"We are delighted to present these awards to Sr. Katarina and Sr. Mary Peter," said Sr. Mary Bendyna, RSM, executive director and senior research associate at CARA. "We are grateful for their contributions to research in service of the Church and especially for their work in advancing its educational mission."

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