The Pro-Life Office and the Pro-Life Advisory Board of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, guided by our Bishop to promote the sanctity and legal protection of human life from conception to natural death through prayer, pastoral care, public policy and education.
2016-2017 Pro-Life Essay Contest
Each year the Pro-Life Office challenges the diocesan 8th Grade students to write an essay on a pro-life topic. This year’s topic was:
The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) suggests that we can see ourselves in each person. Like the robbers, we have hurt others; like the priest and Levite, we have failed to show compassion. Like the injured traveler, we have suffered in body and spirit, feeling rejected and alone. Like the Good Samaritan, we have a moral obligation to help our neighbor. God never stops offering each of us his mercy.
In this Year of Mercy and inspired by this parable, how can we support the culture of life and be like the Good Samaritan, demonstrating that all life—born and unborn—is sacred and worthy of love, respect and mercy?
Over 220 essays were submitted, read and re-read by judges. The top 20 essays were chosen and the students were honored at the banquet. This year, for the first time, there was a tie for Third Place.
The first, second and third (2) place essays are available below by clicking on the links to the right. Excerpts from the other sixteen essays are also available.
With the support from Knights of Columbus, scholarships are given to the top three essays. These scholarships are for tuition to a Catholic Diocesan High School. First Place-$500, Second Place- $300, Third Place-$200. A check for $100 is presented to the teacher of the first place essay student.
Each year, we are so impressed by the students and their hard work.