Essay Contest

Congratulations to
Miss Madelyn Hopper!

International Essay Contest Winner for 2024!

2023-2024 Essay Topic 

In an essay of 500-750 words, explain how young Catholics can evangelize our faith to families and friends who have turned away from religion and encourage them to return to the Church and embrace the sacraments? 

“Here on earth, it’s impossible to perform a more meritorious act than visiting Jesus often in the Eucharist. If you took all of the good works done by all of the humans who have ever lived in all of history and stacked them all up and multiplied them by a million, they wouldn’t equal the merit, the virtue, and the worth of one Mass. The Eucharistic sacrifice is Christ’s infinite merit, infinite value.” – St Teresa of Avila 

This contest encourages today’s youth to be more connected to their community and their faith. 

Contact Info

Keith Betton

cell: 708-699-0130

Contest Forms & Info


July/August: Council and/or assemblies should order Catholic Essay Contest Kits.  Kit contents available on program guide sheets and can be ordered along with additional program material via Officers Online. Contact schools to obtain participation.  At this time, the due date and means of recognizing winners should be determined.


September: Students write essay


October: Judges review essay for Council level


November/December: Judges review essay at the District and Jurisdiction (State) level


January: Jurisdiction (State) judging. Essays due to the Supreme Council for international judging by January 31 - Jurisdiction winners should be recognized at the annual convention


March: International Essay Contest winner is announced