Animating Mission for Students

Each year, the Center for Mission holds an annual writing contest during the pre-Lenten season. It is for students, grades 1 – 12, where students answer a question related to how they witness to their Catholic faith. Students in schools and parish faith formation classes are welcome to submit entries.

The contest is judged by returned missionaries and others and a winner is selected in each of four grade-level categories. Entries are due by Ash Wednesday and winners are announced around Easter. Each winner receives an award certificate and a cash prize.

It has been a successful project for students as the number of entries submitted climbs every year, from 700 – over 1,000. Students have been very articulate and able to write from the heart.


2020 Writing Contest

Winners of the annual Center for Mission writing contest for students in grades 1-12 have been selected. Students from separate grade categories have been chosen out of over 700 submissions and have received certificates and awards at their schools and parishes. Their entries exhibited passion and excellence in communicating. They were asked to respond to:

“How can you follow Christ’s example and treat everyone equally?

With the high number of entries, we decided to list those who were “runners-up” in each category. These are listed below each winner.

This has been a trying year for parishes and schools. Usually we are able to present winners with certificates and take pictures. Unfortunately, that was not possible this year. Photos that appear were taken by winners and submitted.

Thank you to all who submitted their wonderful drawings and essays.





Genevieve Schaefer, St. Croix Catholic School, Stillwater

Elizabeth Chima Barahona, St. John Paul II Catholic School, Minneapols


Eleanor Lindstrom, St. Therese, Deephaven

JoAnn Moening, Holy Cross Catholic School, Webster


Alejandra Montes De Oca Correa, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Le Center

Mary Kate Commers, Visitation Catholic School, St. Paul

GRADES 10-12

Isabelle Peach, Church of St. Paul, Ham Lake