Undergraduate Fellows

Abigail Bartels

Abigail Bartels

"Danish and Catholic: An Overview of Politics and Catholicism in the World's Least Religious Country"

Research: My research explores the relationship of the Catholic church and the political structure of Denmark, which is commonly referred to by sociologists as the least religious country on earth. Using the lens of political activity, I am exploring the historical background of Catholicism in this area through its role in the beginning of Denmark, its banishment, and its current day application. Today, Catholics face less than two hundred years of religious freedom in Denmark, and the presence of a non-Catholic sanctioned state church further complicates Catholicism's survival. How have and do Catholics interact with the political structure in Denmark, and vice versa?

Resident of the best dorm on campus, Badin Hall, Abigail Bartels is a junior from Ham Lake, Minnesota, majoring in Political Science with minors in European Studies, Theology, and Gender Studies.

abartel2@nd.edu

Antonio Marchi

Antonio Marchi 

"Eucharistic Reflections in the Marital Embrace"

Research: "Eucharistic Reflections in the Marital Embrace" draws from a national sample of 600+ Catholics to explore relations between the Sacrament of the Eucharist and its reflections in Sacramental Marriages. Among other constructs, the study looks for correlations between marital satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, frequency with which one attends Mass and receives the Eucharist, belief in the Real Presence, and views on sexual morality. The study also investigates the ways in which one's perception of the Eucharist is altered based on his or her experiences in the married life. These analyses will contribute to the continued development of theory stating that the way in which "the two become one flesh" in marriage mirrors the consummation that occurs between Christ and humanity in the Eucharist. 

Antonio is a junior from Mishawaka, Indiana double majoring in Theology and Psychology and minoring in Studio Art (Photography). He has a deep love of the Church and is happy to have this opportunity to bring Theology into conversation with the social sciences. His hobbies include spending time with loved ones, playing the guitar, and finding joy in the simple things in life. He is looking forward to continuing his adventures as he spends the Spring 2015 semester abroad in Rome.  

amarchi@nd.edu

Lai Sam

Lai Sam

lsam@nd.edu