Local Catholics Students Receive National Recognition

After receiving a first place Light of Faith Award for their poster “A Shovel of Social Justice,” Anthony and Maria Rojas were recently honored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with a 2nd place national award for their entry.

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Diocesan Administrator, Father Richard Walsh, is pictured with Maria and Anthony Rojas and their winning poster.

After receiving a first place Light of Faith Award for their poster “A Shovel of Social Justice,” Anthony and Maria Rojas were recently honored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with a 2nd place national award for their entry.

The entry was part of a multi-media arts contest organized by the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  The contest is designed to encourage Catholic students in middle and high school to learn about the causes of poverty, Catholic social teaching, and CCHD.  The 2010 contest theme was: “Empowering Communities, Uprooting Poverty.”  As part of the program, young people are equipped to become educators of their peers, families, and the wider community about what they have learned.

Anthony and Maria Rojas created “A Shovel of Social Justice” while both students at St. Andrew Catholic School. Their image illustrates how easily people can fall into poverty and how our participation is needed to help   people climb out of poverty.