For several years now, the Vocation Office has been sponsoring this contest. Please allow your students to participate.

K-3 grade boys are asked to make a poster of what priests do. Girls are asked to make a poster of what sisters do. This should happen after the teachers have spent one religion class reminding or teaching the students what priests and sisters do.

Teachers should spend one religion class period teaching the students what priests and sisters do. Answer basic questions: Besides praying, what are some possible things they can do in a given day? Who calls a priest to be a priest and a sister to be a sister? What does it mean that God calls? It’s not a telephone call, e-mail, or social media. It is something God does while we pray on our own, or at mass or by other people telling us.

Project: Boys will use any material they choose to make a colorful poster showing some of the things priests do. Girls will do the same thing only they will show some of the things sisters do. The posters will be judged at the school based on creativity, originality, length of time making the poster and the message on the poster. The best priest and best religious sister poster per grade should be mailed to the chancery for the Diocesan winner in each grade level. Each overall grade winner will receive a prize from the diocese. To turn in the posters, make sure the school is on the envelope. Please one envelope per school.

4-5 grade boys will make a poster and write a well written and developed paragraph about their poster. Boys will write about what priests do and girls will write about what sisters do.

Teachers should spend one religion class period teaching the students what priests and sisters do. Answer the basic questions: What do priests do besides pray mass? What do sisters do? Name and describe the differences between cloistered and apostolic sisters. Name some of the communities of sisters in our own diocese (use diocesan directory to find this information) How would you know if God were calling you to be a priest or sister (remember the 6 ways Fr. Joe talks about: one individual, many people, personal signs, thoughts, private prayer, public prayer)

Project: Boys will use any material they choose to make a colorful poster showing some of the things priests do and girls do the same explaining what sisters do. Along with their poster, they will write a well developed paragraph explaining the things priests/sisters are doing in their poster. The posters and paragraphs will be judged together. The poster will be judged on creativity, originality, length of time to make, and message in the poster. The paragraph will be judged on neatness of penmanship, grammar (grade appropriate), thoughtfulness and ability to communicate thoughts. The best priest and best religious sister poster and essay per grade should be mailed to the chancery for the Diocesan winner in each grade level. Each overall grade winner will receive a prize from the diocese. To turn in the posters, make sure the school is on the envelope. Please one envelope per school.

6-8 grade boys will write a one page essay or submit a five to fifteen minute video about what it would be like to be a priest for God and girls will write a one page essay or submit a five to fifteen minute video about what it would be like to be a sister for God. This exercise will follow after the teachers explain “discernment” and “praying to follow God’s will.”

Teachers should spend one religion period talking about the call to priesthood and religious life. A basic reminder of what priest and sisters do should begin the discussion. Why does God only call boys to priesthood and girls to join convents? Why can’t either get married? What are some of the gifts priests and sisters get that married people don’t receive? In other words, what are the gifts unique to the religious vocation? Talk about celibacy in a positive light, not negative.

Project: Imagination: Each boy will write a one page essay explaining what it was like when he heard God calling him to the priesthood. Girls will do the same about being called to the religious life. How did God call them? What were their feelings about the call? How did they respond to the call? What gifts did God see in them that were useful to being a priest? Being a sister? As the young man became a priest/woman became a sister, what were some of the things he enjoyed about being a priest/she enjoyed about being a religious sister? This is not a dream so don’t end it with, “then I woke up.” Really imagine yourself in this situation. New this year, boys and girls can submit a video blog or videography basing their script on the description above.  A team approach could be used to have a conversation about their call.  The essay will be judged on neatness of penmanship, creativity, how seriously they took this assignment, grammar (grade appropriate), thoughtfulness, and ability to communicate the thoughts. The best priest and best religious sister essay per grade should be mailed to the chancery for the Diocesan winner in each grade level. Each overall grade winner will receive a prize from the diocese. To turn in the posters, make sure the school is on the envelope. Please one envelope per school.