Benedictine Theology professor receives award from Dorothy L. Sayers Society

February 10, 2015

Christine Fletcher

Lisle, Illinois ~Christine Fletcher, an associate professor in the Department of Theology at Benedictine University, has beennamed the recipient of the Barbara Reynolds Highly Commended Award from the Dorothy L. Sayers Society for her book, "The Artists and the Trinity: Dorothy L. Sayers' Theology of Work."

The judges found Fletcher's book "makes a strong contribution to social theology, interestingly drawing together art, work and theology, and is well supported by a wide range of research evidence."

"I was very happy to receive this award from the Dorothy L. Sayers Society," Fletcher said. "I was honored because the judges were international scholars who work in Sayers studies."  

In addition to teaching Theology at Benedictine, Fletcher is an Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey. She earned a master's degree in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Theology with subspecialties in Business Ethics and Literature from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England.

She has presented at a conference at the Vatican sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and lectured at the Phoenix Institute Oxford Summer program and Blackfriars in Cambridge. While living in England, she occasionally appeared on BBC1's "Heaven and Earth" discussing ethical questions. 

Fletcher’s most recent book, “24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity,” explores the Second Vatican Council’s universal call to holiness, the freedom of conscience and the role of the laity in the world together with the wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict to provide a practical guide to becoming a Christian 24/7.

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1
893-1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

The Dorothy L Sayers Society was founded in 1976 to promote the study of the life, works and thoughts of this great scholar and writer, to encourage the performance of her plays and the publication of books by and about her, to preserve original material for posterity and to provide assistance for researchers.


The Sayers Society uses its endowment to support young artists and scholars who write about Dorothy L. Sayers and her work in all its dimensions –mystery writing, play writing, theological writing and cultural commentary. It also supports awards for young artists - a musician's award and a bell ringers' award –in honor of Sayers work in her novel "The Nine Tailors."

The Barbara Reynolds Prize is named for the chairman of the Society, who was the editor of the Cambridge Italian Dictionary, a biographer of Sayers, and editor of five volumes of Sayers letters and miscellaneous writings.

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