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 as a door into Lent. 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. Students have been very articulate and able to write from the heart.


2021 Writing Contest

Winners of the annual Center for Mission writing contest for students in grades K-12 have been selected. Students from separate grade categories have been chosen out of hundreds of 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 are you living out the Church’s mission to share God’s love during the COVID 19 pandemic?

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 and we appreciated the support and wonderful, heart-felt submissions from students.

Thank you to all who submitted their drawings and essays.





Amala Egbue, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Brooklyn Park


Gabriella Olson, Carondelet Catholic School, Minneapolis

Andrew Francis, Home School (Church of St. Paul), Ham Lake


Gallagher Gorr, St. Wenceslaus Catholic School, New Prague

Georgia Newberry, Carondelet Catholic School, Minneapolis


Leila Ambrus, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis

Ava Trana, Home School (Church of the Epiphany), Coon Rapids