Student Contest

Each year, Midwest Holy Cross Associates (MHCA) sponsors an Essay and Video Contest for the students in Holy Cross High Schools. This contest gives students an opportunity to reflect on their Holy Cross High School, the impact that it has on their lives, and ways they have developed “the competence to see and the courage to act.” Questions have ranged from the influence of the Brothers of Saint Joseph to Blessed Moreau’s Vision on Family being lived out. 

2023-2024 Contest

RECLAIMING THE LEGACY OF BLESSED BASIL MOREAU FOR OUR TIMES

In 2023, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth in heaven of Blessed Basile Moreau. The Congregation of Holy Cross has decreed an 18-month jubilee period, from January 20, 2023, to June 7, 2024, to mark this occasion.

Blessed Basile Moreau was born in Laigné-en-Belin, in the Diocese of Le Mans, France, on Feb. 11, 1799. In his 74 years, he was priest, founder, author, preacher, teacher, and a visionary. It became the gift of the order to educate in faith, to build up the Church, and to respond with zeal and love to the needs of the world.

As Bl. Moreau said in his work Christian Education: “Hurry then; take up this work of resurrection, never forgetting that the special end of your Institute is, before all, to sanctify youth. It is by this that you will contribute to prepare the world for better times than ours; for these students who now attend your school are the parents of the future, the parents of future generations, each one of whom bears within self a family.”

Today, our Holy Cross Schools work to inspire students to be formed solidly in Christian values in general, and in the Holy Cross core values in particular. They strive to inform students about the world in which they live, about obstacles to human dignity, and they make it a priority to educate students to acquire the knowledge and skills to help the graduates to overcome injustices in the world in which they live.

Reflect on the following questions for your essay or video:

Based on what you have learned about Bl. Fr. Moreau in you school, what is it about his life and his personal characteristics that inspire you the most and why?

It was Father Moreau’s vision that our community-life provide a valuable witness to the world in which we live. What are some examples of your High School being a Christian witness in the community?

How can you express “concern for the dignity of every human being as God’s cherished child” at your school, in your community, and in the world?

In 2023, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth in heaven of Blessed Basile Moreau. The Congregation of Holy Cross has decreed an 18-month jubilee period, from January 20, 2023, to June 7, 2024, to mark this occasion.

Blessed Basile Moreau was born in Laigné-en-Belin, in the Diocese of Le Mans, France, on Feb. 11, 1799. In his 74 years, he was priest, founder, author, preacher, teacher, and a visionary. It became the gift of the order to educate in faith, to build up the Church, and to respond with zeal and love to the needs of the world.

As Bl. Moreau said in his work Christian Education: “Hurry then; take up this work of resurrection, never forgetting that the special end of your Institute is, before all, to sanctify youth. It is by this that you will contribute to prepare the world for better times than ours; for these students who now attend your school are the parents of the future, the parents of future generations, each one of whom bears within self a family.”

Today, our Holy Cross Schools work to inspire students to be formed solidly in Christian values in general, and in the Holy Cross core values in particular. They strive to inform students about the world in which they live, about obstacles to human dignity, and they make it a priority to educate students to acquire the knowledge and skills to help the graduates to overcome injustices in the world in which they live.

Reflect on the following questions for your essay or video:

Based on what you have learned about Bl. Fr. Moreau in you school, what is it about his life and his personal characteristics that inspire you the most and why?

It was Father Moreau’s vision that our community-life provide a valuable witness to the world in which we live. What are some examples of your High School being a Christian witness in the community?

How can you express “concern for the dignity of every human being as God’s cherished child” at your school, in your community, and in the world?

Essay and video guidelines

  • The student may write an essay or make a video answering the prompts/questions for re ection. Contestants may submit only one essay or one video.
  • Essays must be 500 – 800 words and must include a cover page with Name, Grade and School. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essays must be identi ed properly. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disquali cation. Essays must be written in English.

  • Videos must be 2 to 4 minutes and must include cover page with Name, Grade and School.

  • A panel of Brothers of Holy Cross and Holy Cross Associates will evaluate submissions based on originality, creativity, thoughtfulness, and impact on others.

Requirements:

  • This contest is for students enrolled in Holy Cross High Schools, grade 9 through 12.
  • Holy Cross Associates will have the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay or video entered in the contest without payment to the author.
  • Due to the number of entries received, only winners will be contacted with the results.
  • There is no entry fee for this contest.
  • All entries must include an entry registration form, signed by a parent or guardian. Only entries with corresponding forms will be considered.
  • All entries must be submitted in PDF form.

Prizes:

6 Cash prizes. 10 Honorable Mentions Awarded (5 each) with Certificates.

    All entries are due December 10, 2023

    All entries must be submitted with all materials through Jotfrom.

    MHCA 2023-2024 Contest Timeline

    April 15, 2023 – Contest Flyer, Rules, and Registrations Forms Sent to Schools
    September 1, 2023 – Contest Opens
    December 10, 2023 – Contest Closes All Essay and Video Entries, with completed registration forms must be submitted
    January 5, 2024 – Top 3 Finalist in each category announced
    January 27, 2024 – MHCA Region Conference Finalist will present their entries to conference participants, via Zoom

    Excerpts and Quotes from Student Submissions

    Embodying the oak in the face of adversity, Father Dujarié and Brother Andre Mottais instructed young men, then called the Brothers of Saint Joseph, and sent them out to teach. Bl Basile Moreau continued Father Dujarié’s mission, establishing the Congregation of the Holy Cross…My own high school, St Francis High School, was founded by the Brothers of Holy Cross, exemplifying the establishment’s far-reaching positive impact. In my own life, I strive to embody the oak tree-like resilience of the early brothers and their fight to spread God’s word by acknowledging their original virtues.

    Sarah Fazioli

    Saint Francis High School, Winner 2021, Essay

    The Holy Cross Associates Essay and Video Contest not only has provided me a great opportunity to more deeply explore my faith as it is reflected in my school, but also to attend the Holy Cross Associates Conference where I can learn from the informational testimonies of various Associates across the country. I am…blessed that Holy Cross Associates have offered this chance for spiritual enrichment. I am grateful for the experience!

    Marissa Del Rio

    St. Frances High School, Winner 2021 & 2022, Video

    [Hoban] has helped grow my sense in family because not only through everyone’s words, but also through their actions. They showed me you don’t have to be blood related to be family. Family is people who show up whether it be for a game, practice, club, play, or academic reason. We all are there for each other. Hoban has a great family made up of our amazing students, staff, and parents…Even though I am new to the Hoban Family, I could not ask for a better support system full of people who devote their time to helping me grow to be the best version of myself. When we all get under that …Golden Dome, we are one big family. 

    Jocelyn Person

    Archbishop Hoban, Winner 2023, Essay

    …the spirit of Blessed Basil Moreau rings even in the most basic interactions. No matter what, everyone at Holy Cross always takes the time to say “Hi” and ask how you are, even if you have not talked to them in months. That is the beauty of the Holy Cross. Community without expectation.

    Katherine Bick

    The Academy of the Holy Cross, Winner 2023, Essay

    …band class enabled my sense of family to grow enormously….Blessed Basil Moreau communicated, “one worker alone does not build it,[a building] nor is it constructed from a single stone or beam of wood… the various workers make their separate contributions.” This is like our band when all the different instruments work together in coordination to make a piece sound well done. When we, the band, do not collaborate, everyone hears that we are not connected. The marching band has to be connected to stop collisions from happening on the marching field….Mrs. McCullough and the whole band are one family. 

    Alexander Batt

    Cathedral High School, 2023, Essay

    Many young people regard school as nothing more than a place to obtain knowledge that allows them to get a job or simply put – a means to an end. However, Fr. Moreau strived for education to be so much more. He wanted school to be a place for students to not just memorize facts, but to apply their knowledge, to grow in their faith, and to become truer to themselves as they make their way in the world. Hoban has done all of this and much more for me, truly following in Fr. Moreau’s footsteps.

    Elena Plaspohl

    Archbishop Hoban, Winner 2022, Essay

    Past Participating Holy Cross High Schools

    Moreau Catholic High School • Cathedral High School • The Academy of the Holy Cross Bishop McNamara High School • Archbishop Hoban High School St. Frances High School • St. Edward ’s High School • Gilmour Academy Holy Cross High School (Waterbury, Connecticut) Holy Cross High School (Flushing, New York) • San Juan Diego Catholic High School

      All competition entries become the property of Holy Cross Associates. Holy Cross Associates reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. Participants hereby grant Holy Cross Associates a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the Submission (along with their names, voices, performance and/or likenesses) in all media now known and later come into being for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant Holy Cross Associates the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their Submission in order to grant such a license. Holy Cross Associates are under no obligation to use any Submission or return the Submissions to participants. By participating in the competition, you agree to release Holy Cross Associates and their respective a liates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, o cers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with your participation in the competition. Holy Cross Associates are not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason, the competition is not capable of running as planned, Holy Cross Associates may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.

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