Bishop Shanahan Student Wins Archdiocese’s Inaugural Christmas Card Design Contest

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput (photo courtesy of the Associated Press) and Erin Layton's winning design.

A student from Chester County wowed the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with her depiction of the Nativity, which will be seen and enjoyed by thousands on this season’s Christmas card from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, according to a staff report from PhillyVoice.

Erin Layton, a junior at Bishop Shanahan High School, won the inaugural Christmas card design competition organized by the Archdiocese. The goal was to create an original design that would illustrate “The Joy of Christ’s Birth.”

More than 550 designs were sent in from students throughout the region who are a part of the Parish Religious Education Program. This included K-12 and special education schools.

The entries were carefully considered and judged by staff in the Office of Catholic Education. Layton’s depiction of the scene stood out with its bright colors and a message of joy spelled out with the Star of Bethlehem in the center.

Five other students received honorable mention for their designs.

Read more about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Christmas card design contest at PhillyVoice here.

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