DHS help children explore their options in life        

Connecticut Knights of Columbus annual vocation poster contest judged at U.S.A. Provincial House

DHS sisterRecently, DHS sister and retired teacher and missionary Marie Pauline Guillemette was joined by a sister from each of Putnam’s two other convents and DHS Chaplain Fr. Richard L. Archambault, on a committee to judge the statewide winners of the Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council’s 2017-2018 Vocations Poster Contest.

DHS sisterIt’s natural for children to think about what they’re going to do when they grow up, but they might not think about becoming a Catholic priest, a sister, a religious brother or a deacon. For that reason, the Connecticut State Council of the K of C, with the participation of many of the state’s local councils, sponsored an annual vocation poster contest among Catholic elementary and middle school-age children throughout the state. The local, winning posters were then forwarded to Putnam for judging in the statewide competition.

This year, entrants were asked to make posters representing one or more life vocations in the Catholic Church, including marriage, the single life or being a priest, a religious sister, a deacon or a religious brother.

DHS sisterHosted by the DHS at the Provincial House, the selection committee met recently. Sr. Pauline and Fr. Archambault, a former superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Norwich, was joined by Sr. Margaret Bareika, M.V.S., of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and Sr. Jaisy, of the Sisters of St. Martha.

After carefully studying and discussing the posters,they selected first- and second-grade winner Nathan Ballestrini, of Preston, third- and fourth-grade winner Isabella Somma, of Norwalk, and seventh- and eighth-grade winner Felicia Crowley, of New Milford.  The winners will be further honored by the Knights of Columbus at their spring convention.

DHS sister“We need vocations. The priests and the nuns are important,” Fr. Archambault said after the judging was over. “It’s good to get young people dealing with this.”  Sr. Marie Pauline added that she believes it is a good idea to introduce children at a young age to life possibilities so that they are better prepared to make solid commitments to keeping Christ at the center of their lives.
More information on this annual event, you may contact John Ryan, Public Affairs Director for the KC at the Connecticut State level: johnryan1776@hotmail.com.  You may also contact our Deelopment Office in Putnam: devofdhs@yahoo.com



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