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2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest is open to students in Grades 7-8 who are enrolled in Catholic Schools, Parish Religious Education programs, or Catholic Home Schools within the Diocese of Austin. Amazon Gift Cards (First Place - $100, Second Place - $ 75, Third Place - $ 50) will be awarded to the winning essay writers. The first place essay writer’s program or institution will receive a $200 award.

Theme: “Followers of Christ: A Rich Legacy of Equality for All People.”
This theme not only draws on the lessons, teachings, and legacy of King, but also draws on the readings for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, particularly Christ’s calling of the first disciples (John 1:35-42) and their subsequent transformation by Christ. How can we promote equality for everyone through love and service as King did?
Submission Deadline —Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:00pm.
Please email all entries as a Microsoft WORD document to mlk-essay@austindiocese.org. – attention: Johnnie Dorsey, Director of the Office of Black Catholics, Diocese of Austin.

One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, double-spaced, and must not exceed 400 words. Cover sheet must contain (1) student’s name, (2) school, parish, or home school, (3) phone number, address and email address. None of this information should be included in the body of the essay. Essays will be judged on the basis of organization, content, voice, creativity, grammatical structure and overall conformity to the theme.
The schools or parishes of the winners will be notified by Thursday, December 7, 2017. The winners will be formally recognized at the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Mass at Saint Mary Cathedral on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 5:30pm. For more information, contact Johnnie Dorsey, johnnie-dorsey@austindiocese.org or (512) 949-2449.

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Bishops statement on termination of DACA

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia of Austin issued the following statement on Sept. 6:

We are profoundly disappointed by the Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has created unnecessary fear and anxiety for thousands of youth and their families. Those who entered this country as minors by virtue of their parents’ decision have been protected by DACA since 2012.

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The Friday E-Pistle (Sept. 8, 2017)

Statements on DACA

Diocese of Austin

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia of Austin issued the following statement on Sept. 6:

We are profoundly disappointed by the Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has created unnecessary fear and anxiety for thousands of youth and their families. Those who entered this country as minors by virtue of their parents’ decision have been protected by DACA since 2012.

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