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ND Alumnus Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Wins Gates Scholarship

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Rev. Kevin G. Grove, C.S.C., a 2009 Notre Dame alumnus, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship.

The prestigious Gates scholarships, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provide awards for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge. Father Grove, who was ordained a Holy Cross priest at Notre Dame last year, is among 30 successful scholarship applicants selected from a field of 800.

Grove, now associate pastor of Christ the King Church in South Bend, intends to study philosophical theology while at Cambridge. While pursuing a master in divinity degree at Notre Dame, he was co-editor of The Cross, Our Only Hope, a collection of reflections of Holy Cross priests and brothers on the spirituality of their religious order. He also is author of a forthcoming book on the Stations of the Cross, titled You Have Redeemed the World.

According to John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life and associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, Grove “was an obvious intellectual leader among graduate students in theology here, but the commitments of his heart also give him a compelling pastoral vision. The two together, intellectual leadership and pastoral vision, are a pretty wonderful combination, characteristic of those who find themselves, eventually, among the truly wise.”

“In my studies at Cambridge, I hope to examine how humans have and continue to assign meaning, especially transcendental meaning, to the dialectic between remembering and forgetting,” Grove says. “I want to explore how memory and forgetting affect spiritual and moral meaning in human interaction. The consequences of this theological research extend to the ways in which individuals, societies, believers, and unbelievers approach the moral action of forgiveness.”

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