2021/2022 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

The Sacred Heart Knights are proud to offer the council competition in the Catholic Citizenship Essay contest. The Catholic Citizenship essay contest is sponsored by the supreme Knights of Columbus and includes council, district, state and international levels. Our council competition starts on 9/1 with all entries due by 10/15/2021. Entries should be submitted to the Sacred Heart Academy office during business hours.  Entries will be judged by a team of Knights and teachers including Head Master Sean Maltbie, Zach Good, Tim Walsh, and Gannon Hyland. Winners of the council competition will also be notified in December, receive awards from the Sacred Heart council and move on to the district/diocese competition.

This year’s theme is FAITH IN ACTION

In an essay of 500-750 words, describe everyday obstacles that you may have experienced or witnessed others experiencing while living a life of authentic faith. Explain how you have overcome these obstacles and how, by doing so, it has helped your faith to continue to grow.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4


  • essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work.
  • essays must be typed and be between 500 and 750 words in length.
  • the student’s name should appear only on the official Catholic Citizenship essay Contest entry form, which must be stapled to the essay.
  • all entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.


Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:

  • 35 points: Content – How clearly is the theme presented?
  • 30 points: Grammar – How well is the essay written with respect to sentence structure, paragraph construction and spelling?
  • 35 points: Style – Does the essay show creativity, imagination and development of the topic in a compelling style?

In prior years, many of the council winners have won at the diocese and state level. We are very proud of all our entrants from previous years and look forward to another great year of prize worthy entries.