January 7, 2011

Serra Club announces vocations essay contest

“Love One Another” is the theme for the 2011 John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest sponsored by the Serra Club of Indianapolis.

Packets with contest rules and procedures were mailed recently to pastors, principals, parish administrators of religious education and Catholic school religion teachers across the archdiocese.

For information about the contest and contest materials, log on to www.archindy.org/oce and click on “public downloads.”

The annual vocations essay contest is named after Immaculate Heart of Mary parishioner John Kelley, a longtime member of the Serra Club of Indianapolis, who died in 2009. Kelley coordinated the essay contest for many years.

Students in grades seven through 12 are invited to write an essay that answers the question, “How do priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters, in their life and ministry, live out Christ’s call to love and witness to Christ’s love for us?”

The deadline for essay contest entries is Feb. 11.

Teachers and catechists may choose one or two essays from each grade for submission to the contest. A Serra Club committee will read and judge the entries.

One winner from each grade will be chosen, receive a cash prize, be invited to read his or her essay at a recognition luncheon and have the essay published in The Criterion.

The Serra Club of Indianapolis is a chapter of Serra International, a Catholic organization dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

(For more information about the Serra Club of Indianapolis, log on to www.serraindy.org.)

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