Essay Contest Students grade 7-12

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2023 Serra Club John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest

The Serra Club of Indianapolis is sponsoring its 2023 annual vocations essay contest.  It is open to any Catholic student in grades 7 through 12 in parochial, public or homeschool systems in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The theme for this year’s contest is: 

In one way or another, all the saints had a great devotion to the Eucharist.  Moreover, only with the help of the Eucharist did any saint fulfill his or her vocation. 

Pick a particular saint and describe their relationship with the Eucharist.  How did your saint’s devotion to the Eucharist enable them to fulfill their vocation?  How does this saint’s love of the Eucharist inspire you?

For more details and an essay submission form, contact your school religion teacher, REP instructor, or parish catechist/youth minister.  Information is also available from Serra Club member, Dick Cannon, at

Submitted essays must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 17, 2023.