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High School Essay Contest

2019 Essay Contest: How Does A Saint Inspire You to Live the Faith Today?

The Catholic Studies Program at Seton Hall University is pleased to invite students to participate in its annual Catholic High School Essay Contest. The competition is open to all students enrolled in grades 9-12 in New Jersey Catholic high schools. Essays should discuss the ways in which one of the North American Saints/Blesseds listed below speaks to them and should specifically mention how particular qualities attributed to this Saint/Blessed has inspired them to live the faith today:

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, S.C.
  • St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R.
  • St. Marianne Cope, O.S.F.
  • St. Katharine Drexel, S.B.S.
  • St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai, SS.CC.
  • St. Junípero Serra, O.F.M.
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha
  • St. Mother Théodore Guérin, S.P.
  • Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
  • St. Isaac Jogues, S.J.
  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C.
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, R.S.C.J.
  • Blessed Sister Miriam Teresa, S.C.
  • Blessed Father Stanley Rother
  • Blessed Father Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap.

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. All three winners will be honored at the annual Catholic Studies Honor Society induction and reception at Seton Hall University on May 2, 2019. 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 also appear in the magazine Arcadia: A Student Journal for Faith and Culture, which is published by the Catholic Studies Program.

The essay submission requirements can be found here

Online and Hard Copy Submission Requirements
Each high school must submit no more than five essays.
Each essay will be evaluated for originality, execution, and adherence to the topic and format requirements:

  • Essays must be between 500 and 750 words
  • Entries must be written in English
  • Only one entry per student
  • All information requested below under “Submit your Essay” must be submitted

All essays must be submitted by February 15, 2019. The authors of winning entries will be notified by March 29, 2019.

Dr. Ines Angeli Murzaku
Professor and Director of Catholic Studies Program
Walsh Library 427
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079


Gloria Aroneo, M.B.A.
(973) 275-2808

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