The Mark D. Pacione Foundation is excited to provide scholarships that enable young people to attend the Pinkard Youth Theological Program at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Pinkard Scholars explore and increase their understanding of topics including: the Theology of God and the Existence of Evil; the Person and Work of Jesus Christ; Humanity, Sin, Grace, and Hope; and the cultural reality of Human Trafficking with a specific focus on where God, Christ, Sin and Grace interact.
As the Pinkard Scholars learn to articulate and grapple with these explorations they can, both individually and as a small learning community, broaden their capacity to engage with the world around them and to deepen critical skills which will enable them to apply a faith based response to the challenge faced by society.
As Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Mark helped develop Pinkard Youth Theological Program as an opportunity for young people to engage in deeper Theological inquiry into their faith. The Mark D. Pacione Foundation is happy to offer scholarships to continue something he was so passionate about creating.
Each young person was asked to send a brief reflection of what the Pinkard Program meant for their theological exploration. In their own words, here are what a few of them had to say …