This past week, Holy Cross received the great news that Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., had received a prestigious Gates Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge. As the annoucement from Cambridge explains, Fr. Kevin was one of 30 only Americans (out of over 800 applicants) to receive the prestigious scholarship. He and the other 29 American Gates Scholars will be joined by 60 scholars from around the world who will enroll at Cambrige in the fall for postgraduate studies. Fr. Kevin's studies at Cambridge will continue the long-standing tradition in Holy Cross of sending its religious to post-graduate studies at some of the best universities in the world in order to prepare them to be better educators in the faith.
The following is the biography that Fr. Kevin submitted to the Gates Foundation:
The oldest of three from a Hobson, Montana farming family, I attended Seattle University, majoring in philosophy, history, and English literature, with a minor in Medieval Studies. Upon graduation in 2004, I joined the Congregation of Holy Cross, an order of Catholic priests and brothers dedicated to the work of education around the world. I completed a Master of Divinity at Notre Dame and was ordained in 2010. My studies in philosophical theology at Cambridge will examine how humans have and continue to assign meaning, especially transcendental meaning, to the dialectic between remembering and forgetting. From the harrowing and the hallowed of collective memory to individual recollections, my studies will address 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.