is launching an essay contest in which the winner will be awarded a trip to Madrid for World Youth Day next August.

The competition is open to any youth between the ages of 16 and 28, of any nationality.

Participants are asked to write an essay answering the question: “How have you found God?”

Under this topic, several possible themes are suggested: the brevity of life, the love of God, happiness, the love of Christ, mission, inner change, or the sacraments.

The best essays will be published in a book. The deadline for submission is Dec. 31.

NORTH HAVEN, Connecticut, NOV. 15, 2010 (