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New York, NY— Images of the Three Kings and the Holy Family on that first Christmas will greet supporters and friends as they open their Christmas cards from the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The artists — Sun Woo Chang from the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, and Ava Bien of the Diocese of Austin, Texas — were chosen as first-place winners in the 2012-13 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Christmas Artwork Contest.
"These young artists are missionaries indeed, as they tell the 'Good News' of Jesus' birth through their drawings," said Oblate Father Andrew Small, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, which include the Missionary Childhood Association.
In addition to these grand-prize winners, 22 additional designs were selected from among thousands of entries submitted by children in Catholic elementary schools, religious education programs and home schools. Subjects relate to the Christmas story: the Nativity (a manger scene, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, animals); Three Kings (presentation of the gifts to the Infant Jesus, following the star); Shepherds (in the fields with the sheep, seeing the angel, visiting the manger), Mary and the Infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, the Infant Jesus in the manger, and the Angel Gabriel.
All winners receive a plaque honoring their achievements, and have their artwork featured on the MCA website for kids (MCAKids.org) as Advent / Christmas eGreetings.
The 24 pieces of original artwork will be displayed at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during Advent and Christmas 2013, through the Feast of the Epiphany in 2014. A Mass for winners and their families will be celebrated at the Shrine on Friday, December 6, at 12:10 p.m.
More information about MCA's annual Christmas Artwork Contest is available online at MCAKids.org.
For a complete list of winners for the 2012-13 contest, click here.
For the entry form for the 2013-14 contest, click here.
For more information, or for a copy of any of the original drawings, please contact Monica Yehle, Director of Communications and Outreach, at 212.563.8706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.