Vocations essay contest open to students in grades 9-12


High school students in grades 9-12 in the Diocese of Davenport are invited to participate in a vocations essay contest sponsored by The Catholic Messenger, Serra Club and Diocesan Vocations Office.

Contestants will write a 500-word essay that answers the question:  “How is the witness of priesthood, diaconate and religious life relevant in the world today?”

The essays, which are due Feb. 24, will be judged on originality, clarity of thought and grammar usage.

Entries must include first and last name, age, grade, home address, school (public or private with town name where it is located) and parish (name and city). Any information omitted could be grounds for disqualification.


Entries may be sent by U.S. Postal service, but must be postmarked by Feb. 24. Entries may be emailed to arland-fye@davenportdiocese.org or mailed to The Catholic Messenger, 780 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA, 52804, in care of Vocations Essay Contest.

The winner and runner up will have their essays published in The Catholic Messenger. Both individuals will also be treated to lunch with Bishop Martin Amos, Vocations Director Father Thom Hennen and Catholic Messenger Editor Barb Arland-Fye. In addition, the winner will receive a Kindle reader.

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