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Christmas Artwork Contest

Local Christmas Artwork Contest Winners

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

Our last winners from the Archdiocese of Boston were in 2012: Dominic Udoakang from the former Cathedral Elementary School in Boston and Jacinta Karanja from St. Patrick School in Lowell, then both fourth graders, enjoyed the privilege of having their artwork displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, as winners do every year. They were also honored at the yearly winners’ Awards Mass and Luncheon at the Shrine where they were given plaques of their artwork.

As a special gift from our Pontifical Mission Societies office, Boston’s winners artwork are made into Christmas cards that are as our own Christmas greetings.  Their families will received boxes of their own as well!

Like Dominic and Jacinta, your students could see their artwork appear as Christmas e-greetings and displayed at the Shrine during Advent and Christmas, 2017 by entering this year’s contest.  Click here to download the entry form!  Please read the instructions carefully as some of the entry rules have changed!

In addition to the twenty four winners chosen one Grand Prize Winner also has his/her artwork made into a Christmas card that is used by Rev. Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the U.S., parent organization of the Missionary Childhood Association; the card is sent to the Societies’ benefactors and friends worldwide.