Editor’s note: this is the winning essay in the annual essay contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by The Catholic Register and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor. Nathan Ko, a 15-year-old student from Markham, Ont.’s St. Brother André High School, is this year’s winner.

Christian unity does not equal uniformity

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Editor’s note: This is the third-place essay in the annual essay contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by The Catholic Register and The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement- Graymoor.

Christian unity solidifies God’s plan for us all

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Vaz, 15, is the second place winner in annual contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by The Catholic Register and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement- Graymoor. Vaz is a student at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga, Ont.

Corrie ten Boom once said, “A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together.” In the same way, as Christians we need to be cemented together in God’s ever-binding love because without unity, God’s plan for us is like the loose bricks. God’s plan involves the whole community. The big question is, “How do we achieve Christian unity?” The answer to this question can be found when examining the passage in Micah 6:6-8.

Winning essay tackles how to achieve Christian unity

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Editor’s note: This is the winning essay in the annual essay contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by The Catholic Register and The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement- Graymor. Joel George, a 16-year-old student from Scarborough’s Francis Libermann High School, is this year’s winner.

Friar’s Essay winners announced, students take home an iPad2 and Kindle Fire

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TORONTO - Natalie Wong is the first-place winner of the Friar’s Essay Contest sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and The Catholic Register for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

High school students between the ages of 14 and 18 were asked to submit an essay no longer than 500 words answering the question: “What must be changed in order to attain Christian unity in the Church?”

Students were asked to reflect on the Scripture passage of 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, given the theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25: “We will all be changed.”

2012 Friar’s Essay Contest

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The 2012 Friar’s Essay Contest winners have been announced.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and The Catholic Register for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

You can read about the three lucky winners here: "Friar’s Essay winners announced, students take home an iPad2 and Kindle Fire".

We will be publishing the winning entries in the coming weeks in the newspaper and here at CatholicRegister.org.

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