Project Hope Gets Personal

The icon of Fr. Dujarié was painted by Bro. Robert Weinmann, CSC.

Arnold Young can relate to a 250-year-old priest. The Holy Trinity High School student who lives on the West Side of Chicago drew parallels from his own personal experience to the life of Fr. Jacques-François Dujarié for Project Hope 2017. “While Fr. Dujarié chose to remain true to his faith at great risk during the French Revolution, I chose to remain true to my faith growing up on the West Side of Chicago,” Arnold wrote in the essay awarded the $500 grand prize by the Brothers of Holy Cross. He was one of nearly 700 students from 14 Holy Cross schools throughout the country who submitted essays, films, music and art to this year’s Project Hope.

Patrick Richardson chronicled his experience on a five-day immersion experience with the Brothers of Holy Cross. The film, which you can watch below, received the $250 first prize.



Contest winners were announced on May 1, the inaugural Religious Brothers Day. On the high school level, the Brothers also awarded six $100 second prizes, 10 $50 third prizes and 12 $25 fourth prizes, along with four middle school prizes. For the second year in a row, Justin McClain, a theology teacher at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD, was recognized as the teacher with the most student entries.