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Vocations Contest Winners Announced
During Vocations Awareness Week this past January, students from the Diocese of Gaylord were asked to tap into their creative side to prepare either a drawing or a prayer to be used for a Vocation Prayer Card. Preliminary judging was provided by the Manistee Knights of Columbus Council #853. Many of the students prepared and submitted both a prayer and a drawing, and picking winners from the many excellent entries was quite difficult. There were three age divisions for each category (artwork and prayer): Grades K-3, Grades 4-7, and Grades 8-12, so six winners were chosen. From these winners, prayer cards will be created with credit given to the artist and author. Each winner was awarded a certificate signed by Bishop Patrick Cooney and a $100 Savings Bond. The prayer cards will be made available throughout the diocese for use in homes, parishes, and schools to pray for vocations. The winners in the prayer category included: Tori Hamilton, St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord Cam White, St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord Amanda Derengowski, St. Mary Parish, Charlevoix Artwork Winners included: Gale Fitzgerald, St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord McKenna Roberts, St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord Christina Smith, St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord The diocesan Secretariat for Communications is currently printing the prayer cards. They will be available for distribution in the very near future. For further information, please contact the Vocations office at 989.732.5147. A big thank you and congratulations to all who entered the contest this year, though only six winners could be chosen, all entries were seen by dozens of people and the sentiments the pictures and prayers conveyed were all very inspirational.