Knights of Columbus Essay Contest
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
Each year, the Knights of Columbus hold an essay contest to encourage young members of the Church to be more connected to their community and their faith. This year, members of the Saint James the Greater Confirmation Class of 2020, participated through our Council, Saint Teresa of Calcutta #12036. This year’s essay topic was based on the quote above and the following statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822:
“Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.”
Religious Education teachers at Saint James and their parents provided instruction to our Confirmandi as it relates to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Thank you to the writers for the time and thought in completing the essay. Our Council would also like to thank the parents and teachers of these students for their work with the essayists.
Our Knights of Columbus Council would like to recognize the participants. Each participant will be presented with a Certificate, and the top three Essays are also awarded a cash prize (First: $75.00, Second: $50.00, Third: $25.00). Listed below are the five participants, essay topics, and place awards. Each essay follows.
Damien Cleveland: “The Joys of Feeding the Poor”
Ryan Noll: “The Role of Catholics Living in a Free Society”
Thomas Schau: “You Shall Love the Lord” (Second Place)
Kat Spotts: “Why is Feeding the Hungry Important?” (Third Place)
Margaret Swerda: “Manifesting Charity Through Visiting the Sick” (First Place)