Friars' Student Writing Contest 2020

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor and The Catholic Register are proud to present the 2020 Friars' Student Writing Contest. 

In celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

"They showed us unusual kindness" – Acts 28:2 

Read Acts 28:1-2 and submit a 500-word essay that answers this question:

Welcoming strangers, whether they are from other cultures or beliefs, immigrants or refugees, is both to love Christ and to love as God loves. Hospitality should be a hallmark of every Christian. How can Catholics and Christians of all denominations collaborate to be examples of Christ’s love and extend the same kindness to people in need that St. Paul encountered in Malta?

1st Place Prize:


Laptop : Asus Vivo Book (X5 10 QA- 15.6”. 4GB RAM.128 GB. SSD)

2nd Place Prize:


Phone: Samsung A50 (unlocked 64 GB-BLK)

3rd Place Prize:


Speakers: Marley (NB XL BT- GRY)

Contest Rules:

All submission will be read by a panel including professional journalists, and judged on overall merit. Contestant must be 14-18 years of age and currently enrolled in an Ontario Secondary School or equivalent program. Essay must be between 450 to 500 words in length and submitted on or before the contest closing date of Feb. 17, 2020. Entries must include contestant’s full name, email address, phone number and name of your school on the front page of your essay.

Deadline for entries is Monday, February 17, 2020.

Entries may be submitted by e-mail: Re: "Writing Award" to

or by mail: Writing Award, The Catholic Register, 1155 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON,M4T 1W2

For further information please contact: 416-934-3400 (x 344 or 527) or 416-934-3410 (x 403) or 1-855-441-4077

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