Friars' Student Writing Contest 2021

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor, the Office for Promoting Christian Unity of the Archdiocese of Toronto, and The Catholic Register are proud to present the 2021 Friars' Student Writing Contest. 

In celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

"Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit." – John 15:5 

Read John 15:1-17 and submit a 500-word essay that answers this question:

“Abiding in Christ” is an inner attitude that takes root over time and it demands space to grow. As Christians, how can we express our personal relationship to Christ in a modern and socially oriented Church during challenging times, which can bring unity of the Christian family and all humanity? Give examples.

1st Place Prize:


Laptop: Lenovo Idea Pad 3

2nd Place Prize:


Smartwatch: Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch with heat monitor

3rd Place Prize:


Headphones: Apple Airpods

Contest Rules:

All submissions will be read by a panel including professional journalists and the Director of the Office for Promoting Christian Unity, Archdiocese of Toronto, and judged on overall merit. Contestants 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. 15, 2021. 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 15, 2021.

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 527) or 1-855-441-4077 (x 401)

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