co-sponsored by Frassati USA

Step 1: Read Prompt Below

Step 2: Register by May 14

Step 3: Submit Essay by May 20


Prompt

You’re invited to submit a 1,000 to 1,500-word essay answering the question “What is Christian courage?” Please reflect on and respond to this statement by Saint Paul the Apostle in his Letter to the Ephesians:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all, to stand.”


Prizes

  • 1st Place: $1,000 + named the 2016 Frassati Junior Scholar  + invitations for you and your family to attend the Portsmouth Institute’s 2016 summer conference, “Christian Courage in a Secular Age”
  • 2nd Place: $750 + invitations for you and your family to attend the Portsmouth Institute’s 2016 summer conference, “Christian Courage in a Secular Age”
  • 3rd Place: $250 + invitations for you and your family to attend the Portsmouth Institute’s 2016 summer conference, “Christian Courage in a Secular Age”

How to Enter

Registration is open to any high school student residing in the United States.

You must register prior to submitting an essay. After you have registered, send your completed essay to institute@portsmouthabbey.org. Essays must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words in length.

Essays will be judged on both their style and their sound reasoning. Ideal essays will be well organized and clearly, eloquently, and logically written.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Competitors must register for the contest no later than May 14
ESSAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
: Essays must be submitted by email no later than May 20


Register Here

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Competitors must register for the contest no later than May 14
ESSAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
: Essays must be submitted by email no later than May 20


Submit Essay

Email essay in Word document format only to institute@portsmouthabbey.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Competitors must register for the contest no later than May 14
ESSAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
: Essays must be submitted by email no later than May 20


Who is Pier Giorgio Frassati?

frassatiFrom FrassatiUSA: “Pier Giorgio Michelangelo Frassati was a handsome, fun-loving, athletic, courageous and devout Catholic born into a prominent Italian family. He died at the young age of 24 and has since become the model for lay people all over the world. Beatified in 1990 by Saint Pope John Paul II and named ‘The Man of the Eight Beatitudes,’ Pier Giorgio teaches us that holiness is possible for everyone.”

Learn more here.