Knowledge of Scripture is Knowledge of Christ! BJ Hickey Scholarship Applications to Open Once again

21 Sep 2023

By Dr Marco Ceccarelli

A young couple reading the bible. Photo: Adobe.

The Centre for Faith Enrichment (CFE) has renewed its call for applications for BJ Hickey Scholarships for the year 2024.

Offered to lay people residing in the Archdiocese of Perth, the scholarships are intended to help those wanting to further their biblical studies of any length at any level, locally or overseas.

Applicants need not be academics or have an academic background – they do need to have a passion to know and further their understanding of the scriptures and to help others with that knowledge.

Vinita Weaven receives a scholarship certificate from Emeritus Archbishop and founder of the BJ Hickey Scholarship, Barry James Hickey and Episcopal Vicar for Education and Adult Faith Formation, Fr Vincent Glynn, to undertake an online Bible Studies course at Notre Dame University as part of a Certificate of Theology Program. Photo: Ron Tan/Archdiocese of Perth.

CFE Director Dr Marco Ceccarelli said that the scholarship continues to give lay people extraordinary opportunities to delve into the richness of the Bible here in Perth, interstate and overseas.

“BJ Hickey Scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by Friday, 27 October 2023. Reports from those who benefited from the scholarship last year recently came in, the winners all had overwhelmingly positive experiences,” Dr Ceccarelli said.

“We hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Scripture by attending a course, a conference, a symposium or another enriching education experience,” he said.

The BJ Hickey Scholarship was originally set up by Perth Archbishop Emeritus Barry Hickey, who continues to play a central and fundamental role in the committee.

St Mary’s Cathedral Acolyte Ed Pytlowany receives a scholarship from Episcopal Vicar for Education and Adult Faith Formation, Fr Vincent Glynn to study the July Program at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem – a Bible study course infused with the spiritual and theological significance of the Holy Land. Photo: Ron Tan/Archdiocese of Perth.

Emeritus Archbishop Hickey began the scholarship with the sole intention of offering lay people an opportunity to undertake Biblical studies either locally or overseas.

For those wanting to apply for the 2024 Scholarship, the Centre for Faith Enrichment’s Scholarships offers both the scholarship application details and the scholarship application form.

Applications for a 2024 Scholarship will open at 9:00am on Friday, 22 September 2023 and close at 5:00pm on Friday, 27 October 2023.

To find out more please visit https://cfe.org.au/scholarships/

For further information, please email The Centre for Faith Enrichment on cfe@perthcatholic.org.au or call on 9278 0261

The UNDA Master of Education students, together with Old Testament Lecturer Dr Lawrence Pang, at the Dead Sea. Photo: Supplied.
The UNDA Master of Education students, together with Old Testament Lecturer Dr Lawrence Pang, front row sixth from left at the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, Old City side. Photo: Supplied.
The UNDA Master of Education students, together with Old Testament Lecturer Dr Lawrence Pang, front row far left, overlooking the Masada and Dead Sea together with Gabriel Mitchell of Notre Dame Jerusalem. Photo: Supplied.