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Monday, February 24, 2014

Art and Video Contest to Honor John Paul II Upcoming Canonization

By Office of Mission Education for the New Evangelization

The Office of Mission Education for the New Evangelization, under the patronage of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, and Most Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, invites students to take part in an arts competition "John Paul II: True Missionary Saint". The aim of the competition is to pay tribute to Blessed John Paul II, who was Pope between 1978 and 2005, as well as demonstrate to children and teens his pilgrimages and missionary work as Pope. 

The competition is offered to elementary and high school students in Lake and Cook counties. Both Catholic school and public school students are eligible to enter. Students from first through twelfth grades are encouraged to create an original, hand-made poster, drawing, or painting that depicts the life of Pope John Paul II as a pilgrim who traveled the world.

Older students in grades five through 12 can choose to create a two to five minute video that tells the story of how John Paul made more pilgrimages than any other Pope, how he supported and worked with missionaries, or what his message was for the world. Competition rules, specific guidelines and resources can be found at the Missions Office website: All entries must be sent to the office by March 1, 2014 along with a completed Consent Form.

For inquiries and more information, please contact the Office of Mission Education for the New Evangelization by calling 312-534-3310.