Essay Contest

2022-2023 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

Roy Lorenz, Essay Chariman

cell: 779-537-1912

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

2021-22 Essay Contest State Results

Grade Rank Name Council City

8 Winner Samantha Amar 6481 Des Plaines

8 Runner-up Madelyn Stierwalt 13103 Sadorus

8 Runner-up Luke Hoffman 658 Sherrad

9 Winner Brynn Hawkins 13126 Granite City

10 Winner Olivia Klusas 13126 Glen Carbon

11 Winner Annika Panopio 574 Bloomington

11 Runner-up Evan Schrage 13126 Troy

12 Winner Gregory Venarsky 13126 Marine

12 Runner-up Kyle Koch 574 Bloomington

The Winner at each level will be advanced to the Supreme Council for judging at the International level.