Every year, an essay contest for students is held in the Archdiocese of Toronto, centering around the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Fr. Timothy MacDonald, SA, has been instrumental in orchestrating this opportunity and also serves as one of the contest judges.

The Catholic Register, the local diocesan paper, covered the results of this year’s contest.

Grade 12 student Roberta Alexis from St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School in Vaughan, Ont., took home the top prize of this year’s Friars’ Student Writing Award with her insight on today’s contemporary society.

For her entry, she reflected on the theme of the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), taken from Exodus 15:6, “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power.”

Seventeen-year-old Alexis wrote that just as God delivered the Israelites from enslavement, so too will today’s Christians be delivered from the new enslavements of poverty, violence, injustice and addictions.

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