EASTON —  The call is out now for young people to enter the 2023 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest sponsored by Family Rosary. Students and children can express their faith through art, poetry, video, and prose with the theme, “Open Wide the Doors of Your Home to Christ.”

The 2023 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest will focus on the enrichment of family faith in the home. The goal is to inspire young people and their families to welcome the presence of God and the Holy Family into their lives.

“This year’s theme will help students and their families answer God’s call to holiness by inviting Jesus and Mary into everything they do,” said Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C., National Director of Family Rosary. “Through family prayer, especially the Rosary, Mary shares her love for Jesus with families and helps them become channels of His love and light in the world.”

For the contest, children and teens can participate with their families or with their Catholic school, parish, and other organization. Participants are encouraged to use their creative skills to share stories or expressive art and poetry about this year’s theme: “Open Wide the Doors of Your Home to Christ.”

Entries will be judged on content, ability to capture and interpret the theme, artistic and technical proficiency, and adherence to contest rules. Deadline is Feb. 23, 2023.

“By welcoming God and the Blessed Virgin Mary into family life, Family Rosary seeks to bring the Church’s teachings to life with discussion prompts, reflection questions, prayer ideas, and creativity,” Father Phalan said. “We pray that the 2023 contest does the most important thing — bring families together in prayer.”

In addition to the “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest in the United States, separate competitions are conducted in Mexico, East Africa, West Africa, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, France, Chile, Peru, and the Philippines.

Family Rosary was founded in 1942 by Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., who was declared Venerable in December of 2017. The “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest is named for an experience during Father Peyton’s seminary studies. 

While a seminarian, Patrick was stricken with severe tuberculosis. At one point, a frustrated physician said, “Try prayer. We have done all we can for you.” Patrick prayed his Rosary to the Blessed Mother and soon made a miraculous recovery, which he attributed entirely to Mary’s intercession.

This experience — coupled with his spiritually rich family life during his youth in Ireland — inspired Venerable Patrick Peyton to devote his life to Mary, Mother of God, and to the spiritual well-being of the family. His famous message, “The family that prays together stays together,” still resonates today.

In the spirit of its founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton, Family Rosary serves Jesus Christ and His Church by inspiring, promoting and fostering the prayer life and spiritual well-being of families throughout the world. Family Rosary encourages family prayer, especially the Rosary. 

Please consider sharing the gift of family prayer with families, schools, teachers, and young people you know by encouraging them to participate in next year’s contest. 

Materials are posted on www.FamilyRosary.org/TryPrayer (scroll to the bottom of the page to view last year’s winning entries).

For more information, visit www.FamilyRosary.org.