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‘The Living Church’ Publishes Local Parishioner’s Essay OnlineSeptember 28, 2017 • Jeff Gardenour  • DIOCESAN FAMILY • REACHING OUT

A Lake Mary parishioner’s winning essay on a Catholic priest’s trek through 16th-century Latin America can now be seen online.

Rebecca Watts, a middler (second-year student in a three-year course of study) from the Diocese of Central Florida at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, recently wrote an essay about a quote from a 16th-century Catholic priest who had spent time on missionary work in Latin America. The essay was part of a final exam for her History of Christianity II course this spring – a piece of writing so fascinating that she decided to enter it in a contest.

The result was a good one for Watts, whose essay “They are no less capable of our Christianity: Sixteenth-Century Catholic Missions in Indigenous Cultural Contexts” took first place in “The Living Church’s” essay contest. The essay currently can be seen on “The Living Church’s” website at: http://livingchurch.org/2017/09/26/they-are-no-less-capable-of-our-christianity/ on the internet.

Watt’s essay is scheduled to be publishing in print in “The Living Church” on Oct.8.

“Publishing this essay in “The Living Church” feels like validation of this path I am taking now through seminary toward ordination,” said Watts. “This recognition is especially important as I am discerning ways to blend my experiences in writing and research with my future ministry as an Episcopal priest.”

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