LINCOLN (SNR) - Three students from the Diocese of Lincoln won the 2016 State Pro-Life Essay contest sponsored by the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities and the Knights of Columbus.
The winners were Nathanael Richardson, a seventh-grader at Blessed Sacrament School in Lincoln; Taylor Stuhr, a ninth-grader at Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo; and Ashley Nguyen, a sophomore at Pius X High School in Lincoln. Each winner and their respective school received $150.
This year’s theme focused on helping mothers in crisis pregnancies choose life for their unborn child. The prompt each student was asked to write on stated: “Saint Pope John Paul II exclaimed: “You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations. You are called to work and pray against abortion.” Also, Pope Benedict XVI urged the Catholic community to “offer support to those women who may find it difficult to accept a child, above all when they are isolated from their family and friends.” In addition, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) said the fight against abortion “includes the care of the mother during pregnancy.” Identify ways young people like you can “work and pray” and support pregnant mothers in difficult situations to give them the confidence and hope to say “Yes!” to the life they are carrying in their womb.
Each student won at their diocesan grade level and then went on to compete against the winners from their grade level in the Archdiocese of Omaha and Diocese of Grand Island.
The students will receive their awards at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet Friday, Sept. 23, at the Creighton University Harper Center in Omaha.