Congratulations to Jaz Ocampo who has been named a recipient of the Mary Ward Grant for 2021. Jaz is a student at Catholic Theological College, studying a Graduate Diploma in Theology.
Mary Ward, 1585-1645, founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known in Australia as Loreto. Convinced that women in time to come will do much, she believed passionately in the education of women to their full potential and to the highest contemporary standards.
In order to promote the dignity and role of women in church and society, the Mary Ward Grant was established in 2000 to support specialist or postgraduate study of theology, spirituality and pastoral ministry.
Jaz is completing concurrent Graduate Diplomas of Theology and Psychology. She is involved in campus ministry and volunteers in a Youth Justice Centre. She writes:
I am passionately interested in learning about the intersection between theology and psychology, and it is my desire to use all that I have learnt at university to be of best help to persons, especially those experiencing spiritual and mental crises. In short, I would like to be ready in the business of caring for souls …. and to grow in my understanding of the spiritual aspect of care particularly of those who are mentally ill.”
Very Reverend Dr Kevin Lenehan, Master of Catholic Theological College, congratulated Jaz on the being named a grant recipient.
The CTC community is proud to offer congratulations to Jaz Ocampo on receiving this award. Jaz is a strong contributor to all aspects of College life. Forging a career interest in theology and psychology is an effective and hope-filled contribution to Australian life. Our thanks to the Loreto Sisters and the Mary Ward Grant Committee for supporting Jaz’s studies through this grant.”