The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Spreading the Good News Through Art

Annually, our National Pontifical Mission Societies office sponsors a Christmas Artwork contest for students in Catholic schools, parish Religious Education programs, and Catholic Home School programs in grades K-8.  Under the auspices of the Missionary Childhood Association, the contest invites students to share their God-given artistic talents to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ birth.  Every year, more than 10,000 children enter; only 24 winners are chosen from across the United States.

Last year, it was my privilege to escort the TWO winners from Boston and one of each of their parents to the awards celebration and Mass at the National Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, where their artwork was on display for all of Advent!
Jacinta and Dominic with Boston's MCA Coordinator Maureen Heil
Dominic Udoakang from the Cathedral School in Boston and Jacinta Karanja from St. Patrick School in Lowell, then both fourth graders, were awarded plaques with copies of their drawings by Msgr. Robert Fuhrman, Assistant National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States.  We then attended a beautiful Mass in the Basilica’s Crypt Chapel for all the winners who came from all over the United States. Their artwork was also made into e-greetings on our national website ( so that children around the world could send their friends and family online mission-themed Christmas greetings.  In addition, Dominic’s and Jacinta’s beautiful drawings were made into Christmas cards here in Boston and used as our own office’s Christmas greetings to schools, parishes and benefactors.

This year, children in the Archdiocese once again have the opportunity to enter this contest.  Rules and entry forms have been sent to every Catholic School and parish but children can enter individually as well. Simply click here to download the rules and entry form. All artwork is to be sent directly to our National Office in New York by January 31, 2014 to be considered for this year’s contest.
Good luck to all our young missionary artists!
 -Maureen Crowley Heil


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