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Since 1732, the Redemptorists — a congregation of missionary priests and brothers — have followed in Jesus’ footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned.
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St. John Neumann Essay Contest deadline: March 1, 2013

As a young man, St. John Neumann wanted to be a priest but there were too many priests in his home country! Can you believe it? But he did not let that stand in the way of his dream. He decided to become a missionary to America where the need for priests was great, and became the first Redemptorist to profess vows in the United States. He was a man committed to his faith and to his vocation!

Today, as in St. John Neumann’s time, the need for priests and for religious brothers and sisters is great. God is still calling people, but there are obstacles that prevent people from answering that invitation.
This year’s Neumann Essay topic is:

What are some of the obstacles to pursuing a religious or priestly vocation that young men and women face today, and how can they be encouraged to answer God’s call?

Open to Catholic school students in grades 6-12. Entries will be accepted in two categories — middle school (grade 6-8) and high school — and must be received by March 1, 2013. Winners will be announced on March 28, 2013.
Download contest guidelines here (PDF).