John Hines Preaching Award

The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks selected as Recipient of the 2013 John Hines Preaching Award

The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks, the Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Port Royal, Virginia, has been named recipient of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2013 John Hines Preaching Award. The award is given annually to the outstanding preaching entry “where prophetic voice is central within the sermon.”

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Preaching Award Guidelines

1. Who is Eligible? All Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Laity of the Episcopal Church in America. Sermons preached outside the United States by clergy who are canonically resident in a diocese of the Episcopal Church USA and by lay people who are parishioners in an Episcopal Church USA congregation will be acceptable entries for the award.

2. What Type of Entries Are Accepted? The prophetic voice must be central within the sermon. Only one sermon per preacher can be submitted, and it should be in text form. Entries can be sent by email as a Word document attachment to: or by mail to the Seminary.

3. How Is the Winner Determined and Who Are the Judges? The John Hines Preaching Award Committee will evaluate and judge each entry without knowledge of the identity of the entrant. Entries should be sermons delivered to a congregation sometime between Advent 2012 and the end of the last Sunday of Pentecost 2013. Entries must be received by the Committee by January 15, 2014. The award recipient will be announced in the spring of the year 2014.

4. What Is the Award? A cash prize of $2,000 will be given to the winner for his/her use. 

5. When is the Presentation Made? The presentation will be made in the year that the award recipient is announced. It is hoped that the Awardee will be able to spend time at the Seminary, preaching and meeting with students, faculty, and alumni/alumnae. The presentation of the award would occur at that time.
Contact Us
The John Hines Preaching Award Committee
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304

John Hines Preaching Award Guidelines
Named in honor of the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Hines (VTS ’33), the award celebrates the ministry of preaching and its importance in our Church by recognizing outstanding sermons that are deeply grounded in scripture and focused on the seen and unseen needs of the worshipping community, the nation and the world. More>