Meenu Johnkutty Awared Top Prize in Maryknoll Essay Contest

Meenu Johnkutty stands and receives her prize for her winning Maryknoll essay

Maryknoll chose the theme for their annual middle and high school essay contest to be “Caring for Our Common Home” based on the teachings of Pope Francis and his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si. Pope Francis states that Saint Francis of Assisi was a great influence on his faith and ultimately his direction as the pope because of his love for ecology and the poor.

We would like to congratulate Meenu Johnkutty ’17 who was recently awarded first place out of over 7000 essay writers from Maryknoll’s essay contest. Maryknoll writes…

The 2016 essay theme, “Caring for Our Common Home,” referenced Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ in which he calls on all people to respect and to stop exploiting our world and its limited and diminishing resources. “The earth cries out to us,” wrote Pope Francis, “because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.

Her winning essay garnered a $1,000 prize and recognition in their upcoming edition of Maryknoll Magazine

Meenu Johnkutty receiving her award from Maryknoll