Redemptorist Essay Contest for Middle and High Schools

Article excerpt

The St. John Neumann Essay Contest sponsored by the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province is open to students enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in Catholic elementary or high schools in the United States or its territories. There are categories of judging for grades 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. The first place winner in each category will receive a $300 scholarship and a certificate. Two honorable mentions of $100 and a certificate will be awarded in each category.

As a young man, St. John Neumann wanted to be a priest, but there were too many priests in Bohemia, his native country. He did not let that stand in the way of his dream and became a missionary to America, where the need for priests was great. He became the first Redemptorist to profess vows in the United States.

Today, as in St. John Neumann's time, the need for priests and for religious brothers and sisters is great. God is still calling people, but there are obstacles that prevent people from answering that invitation. …