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How their mission trip changed them

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The winners of the inaugural Missionary Essay Contest, sponsored by the diocesan mission office, met with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Sept. 28 in Arlington to receive their awards.


Aaron Peiffer, a parishioner of St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax, took first place and received a cash prize of $200 and an additional $200 donation in his name to Salesian Missions. Julie Schoenman from St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston placed second, and Mary Grace Coltharp from Sacred Heart Church in Manassas was the third-place winner. They both received a $100 cash prize and a $100 donation in their names to Salesian Missions.


The contest was announced around Easter, with a submission deadline of Pentecost Sunday. The  winners’ essays will be published in the Catholic Herald in the three issues leading up to World Mission Sunday, starting with this issue.


Read the essays


Go to arlingtonmissions.org/banica-blog to read the winners’ essays.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018