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Pope Francis has declared Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016, a Jubilee Year of Mercy. He asks us to focus on following the example of God the Father, who, Jesus says, does not judge us harshly but offers us love and forgiveness.


ASSIGNMENT:
Write an essay, sharing a real-life story of mercy that has inspired you. What does this story teach you about the need for mercy in our world today?

RULES:
Students in grades 6–8 (Division I) and grades 9–12 (Division II) qualify. Entries must be written in English, only one entry per student. Children of Maryknoll employees, associates and affiliates are not eligible.

LENGTH:
500–750 words. Pages should be typed or neatly handwritten in ink and stapled. Note: Spelling and grammar count.

DEADLINE:
Entries must be postmarked by FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2015. All entries become the property of Maryknoll and cannot be returned. First-place essays will appear in the May/June 2016 MARYKNOLL magazine. All winning entries will be published online at www.maryknollsociety.org/winners by April 1, 2016.

COVER SHEET:
One entry form is required for each essay, including:
• Student’s name and grade
• School name, address and phone number (including area code)
• Teacher’s or catechist’s name and email
Click here to print the cover sheet.

MAIL TO:
2015 Student Essay Contest, Division____
P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302

STUDENTS IN DIVISION II ONLY:
You may mail essays or click here to submit online.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call 1-888-627-9566, ext. 2368
Ask for Student Essay Contest

PRIZES:
1st PLACE: $1,000 per division
2nd PLACE: $300 per division
3rd PLACE: $150 per division

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