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Catholic Studies Annual High School Essay Contest  

Students sitting on a bench and talking with Fr. John.Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University is sponsoring its annual Catholic High School Essay Contest reflecting on the 2018 Synod of Bishops theme Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Catholic high school students of New Jersey are invited to write an essay sharing a real-life story answering the following questions: How does or how should the Catholic Church listen to young people? What do young people really ask of the Catholic Church? The contest is open to all Catholic Schools students in New Jersey. We would appreciate if you would share this information with your students and colleagues. The deadline for application is February 15, 2018.

The author of the winning essay will receive a $400 gift card and certificate, and the two runners-up will each receive a $150 gift card and certificate. The winners will be honored at the annual Catholic Studies Honor Society induction and reception at Seton Hall University on April 26, 2018. Students will be allowed to bring two guests to the reception, and the winning essay will be read aloud at the reception by its author. The three winning essays will appear in Arcadia Scholarly Student magazine, published by Catholic Studies.

The essay submission requirements can be found here.

About Catholic Studies:
The Catholic Studies Program at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the university's other degree programs and fields of study.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ines Murzaku at or (973)-275-2808 Gloria Aroneo at or (973)-275-2808.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Gloria Aroneo
  • (973) 275-2808
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