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Winning writers in local dioceses


Patrick J Horan
1 February 2013

For the first time in the eight years that the Knights of the Southern Cross has been running its religious writing competition, it has attracted more than 100 entries.

Students from nine colleges entered the national competition, with two winners coming from Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses.

Olivia van Woerkom from Ss Peter and Paul School Lower Hutt, was a winner in the under-14 category.

Kate van Dillen of New Plymouth’s Sacred Heart College scored in the under-16 category.

Entrants were asked to outline ways that their college or parish currently carries forward the work of Christ and to suggest new ways for doing that work. The entries showed that:

  • colleges are challenging students to know and do the work of Christ;
  • that prayer and self-improvement are seen as good starting points for doing the work of Christ; and
  • in today’s world the old, the poor and the environment are the main areas that our Catholic youth target for doing the work of Christ.

One DRS thanked the committee, saying: ‘The set topic makes students think of about how RE classes relate to daily life and this is very helpful.’