Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

The theme for this year’s contest is: Discuss the meaning of Virtue and how you live and embody the virtue of Charity.

“Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1822

Biblically, virtue is understood as the conformity of life and conduct with the principles of morality, while Charity signifies the reciprocal love between God and man, one that is manifest in unselfish love and eloquently shown in the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).


  • The contest is open to students in 8th through 12th grades.
  • Essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work.
  • Essays must be typed and be between 500 and 750 words in length.
  • The student’s name should appear only on the official Catholic Citizenship essay Contest entry form, which must be stapled to the essay.
  • All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.

Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:

35 points: Content – How clearly is the theme presented?

30 points: Grammar – Does the essay reflect proper sentence and paragraph structure and utilize correct spelling?

35 points: Style – Does the essay show creativity, imagination, and development of the topic in a compelling style?

There will be cash prizes for the top three essays. Contestants will need to submit their 500-750 word typed essays and an entry form to the Knights mailbox at the St. Bernadette parish office or via e-mail by All Saint’s Day, Friday November 1, 2019.

Council winners will be announced by Thanksgiving.