Fr. Posey presents awards to winners of Christmas art contest

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WASHINGTON —  Father Patrick Posey, director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Diocese of Arlington, recently presented plaques to the winners of the annual Christmas artwork contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association, an agency of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Oblate Father Andrew Small, national director, was on a mission visit to Bangladesh. Father Posey is a member of the board of directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

A special Mass and an exhibit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington celebrated the contest winners. Seventeen of this year's 24 winners journeyed to the national shrine with their families for the Mass and presentation of awards.

Artwork was submitted by elementary school-age children in Catholic schools, religious education and home-school programs throughout the United States for this year's contest. The winning artwork is now available as eGreetings at

The original artwork, featuring various representations of the Nativity story, is on display at the shrine through the Advent and Christmas Seasons.

Thousands of entries are submitted each year to Pontifical Mission Societies offices in U.S. archdioceses and dioceses. They send the top 12 to the national office to complete the judging process.

Submit an entry

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 contest by archdiocesan and diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies offices. The deadline is Jan. 31. Entry forms and contest rules are available at

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017