Roberto D.

Graduate Recipient

"A year from now, what advice might you give to your past self that could help you overcome any obstacles you are currently facing? Explain how this advice could help you live your life with CF to the fullest potential right now. As part of your essay please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

Life doesn’t stop. No matter what is going on, our world - full of friends, family, food, literature, music, art, and so on – continues to give itself unceasingly. The advice I would offer the me of today from the perspective of a year in the future would be to receive this gift of the world. For in the span of this year much will transpire, events large and momentous, but these will be embedded in the narrative of much smaller happenings that often go by unnoticed. The bad news yesterday came in the midst of the first sunny day in months; the boring commute home is interrupted by a favorite song on the radio; the acceptance letter I’ve anticipated for so long will arrive as I eat a weekly lunch with one of my dearest friends. These are the ‘soft spots’ of the day that serve as the background to our more serious endeavors, those points of concentration that take up most of our thought and feeling. Yet there are times when the background becomes the foreground. These are precious moments, for by lifting us temporarily from our first-person narratives, they grant us perspective, a third-person view that allows both humility and gratitude to arise. This kind of moment came to me about a month ago and inspired my creative submission, “Break of Day.” These moments help me to live life with CF—and the other parts of my life too—to the fullest.


Roberto D.'s Artwork

Roberto D.'s Achievements

  • Peer Reviewed Journal article: [Forthcoming 2016] The Fork in the (Final) Road: Universalist and Annihilationist Eschatologies—and What Ultimately Divides Them in Pro Ecclesia
  • Peer Reviewed Journal article: [Forthcoming 2016] “(Re)-Writing Icons: Picturing Icon Theology Anew” in LOGOS: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
  • Recipient of US government Title VIII scholarship to study critical language abroad (Russian)
  • Teaching Assistant 2015-2016 for undergraduate 'Eastern Churches' course at University of Notre Dame: Lectured six times
  • Web Publication: “Frames of Mind: Comic Books as Attention Therapy” in periodical First Things Web Exclusives (2015)
  • Web Publication: “Screaming for Silence: The Apophatic Theology of mewithoutYou” in online periodical The Curator (2015)
  • Web Publication: "How Arrested Development Taught Me to Read the Scriptures" in periodical First Things Web Exclusives (2015)
  • Book Chapter contribution to edited volume: “The Weak God of the Gospels: Mercy, Mysticism, and Martyrdom in Origen’s Contra Celsum” in Sacred Scripture and Secular Struggles, ed. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. Brill (2015)
  • Accepted with full funding to the “Philology Among the Disciplines” conference in Rome, Italy, 2015. Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Active in South Bend Latin Dance