Browerville student named winner in Catholic Charities art contest

By Liz Hamak for The Central Minnesota Catholic

Contest winner Ethan Tolifson poses with his art and his parents, grandma and twin sister May 9 at Christ the King School in Browerville.

Ethan Tolifson is the winner of the local Art on the Margins contest with the theme “Caring for Creation.” The contest was hosted by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud and sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A fifth grader at Christ the King School in Browerville, Ethan drew an image of God holding the world in the palm of his hand.

“While all the submissions were incredible, I chose Ethan’s piece, ‘God’s Hand’ as the winner for this year right away,” said Liz Hamak, the social concerns intern for the diocese who oversaw the contest. “I like to think of God as a loving Creator, who is always holding up and sustaining the world. God invites us to do the same by caring for the world around us in big and small ways.”

Father Mitchell Bechtold congratulates first place winner Ethan Tolifson and two runners-up Beau Harren and Reed Winter.

Ethan was honored at an award ceremony May 9 at Christ the King School. His parents, grandma, twin sister and pastor Father Mitchell Bechtold attended, as well as the student body and staff.

The goal of the contest is “to get young minds thinking about Catholic Social Teaching and issues of poverty and care for our neighbors in fun and creative ways, as well as to offer an opportunity for teachers and schools in our diocese to have a reason to talk about these themes as a class or school,” said Kateri Mancini, director of social concerns for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud and diocesan director of CCHD.


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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