Fr. Ted scholarship topic announced

Father Ted Colleton

Father Ted Colleton

Dan Di Rocco, circulation manager for The Interim and administrator of the annual Fr. Ted Colleton Scholarship, has announced the topic for the 15th iteration of the essay contest presented by Interim Publishing and Niagara Region Right to Life.

In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th Year of Confederation. Since 1867 there has been great technological progress, accompanied by a steady expansion of freedom in certain areas of social and economic life. Consider the contrasting views of the respective Prime Ministers of the day, Sir John A. Macdonald and Justin Trudeau on the issue of abortion: Sir John A. Macdonald said that abortion “…Saps the very life blood of the nation” while Justin Trudeau considers it an inviolable human right. With the above preamble in mind, compare Canada’s social policies at the time of Confederation with those of contemporary Canada with specific reference to the issue of abortion. Explain the dramatic changes and offer your opinion as to whether these changes can be reversed, and if so explain how.

The Interim started the Fr. Ted Scholarship in 2001 and Di Rocco said more than 850 high school students have participated in the scholarship program which is “inspired by the exemplary missionary and pro-life work of the late Father Ted Colleton, beloved member of the Spiritan Order.” Fr. Ted Colleton was also a long-time columnist of The Interim, with two collections of his columns becoming best-sellers.

Applicants can write their essays in either English (see flyer HERE) or French see flyer HERE, and their application must include a letter of reference and a resume of their pro-life activities. Di Rocco said many students are also inspired to become active in pro-life after participating in the contest.

Di Rocco urges educators, clergy, parents, and grandparents to promote the contest to Grade 11 and 12 students, whether they are enrolled in public or private schools or are homeschooled. Di Rocco, a former high school principal, suggests that teachers incorporate the topic in their lessons and the contest rules permit essays submitted for class to be entered for the scholarship.

The scholarship offers prizes of $1500, $800 and $500 respectively for the top three prizes. Essays and application forms must be received by Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. For more information check HERE on The Interim website or email Di Rocco at

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