Each June, we take the time to honor our fathers and father-figures for their influence in each one of our lives. Father's Day this year is on June 21, 2020. For the June Junior Saints, children from throughout the Archdiocese of Washington drew pictures and wrote notes about their father-figures.

“My grandfather taught me a lot of life skills and is one of my most influential role models. He has influenced me to do a lot of things and continues to influence me. Even though I can’t see him, I love my grandfather and hope to see him again in the near future." –  Bianca Fitzgerald, St. Columba, Oxon Hill

“My dad takes care of me. He knows when I’m upset and he always helps me if I’m having trouble doing something. He’s there for me all the time, and I’m very grateful.” – Camille Urcia, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland

“My dad takes me to church every Sunday and makes sure I practice the Catholic faith. He is always at my sports games and plays basketball with me. He helps me with my homework and is always supportive of me. He makes us laugh when we wrestle around. He is an awesome dad.” – Brady Stanton, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. 


“This Father's Day I’m going to be celebrating my dad. Every day my dad works so hard so I can go to my school and live in this wonderful neighborhood. He also loves golf. He plays it at least three times a week. He also loves bowling during the winter. I’m so grateful  for my dad!” – Cely Krantz, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. 

“My dad died when I was two years old. He watches over me from heaven. I know he wants me to always try my hardest in everything I do. My dad would want me to love myself and my family. I will always try to make him proud.” – Charlie Milne, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. 

“I love my dad very much. He is the best dad ever. He plays sports with me. He helps me with my homework. He also watches movies and TV with me. He is really funny and always makes me laugh. My dad is really funny, really nice and really cool. I love him!” –  Chase Hellings, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

“I love my dad. He means the world to me. My dad influences my life by always being there for me whenever I need help . He is always there for me when I get sick, and he is there when I get hurt. He has done so much for me whether it is in school, sports, and life. I wouldn’t ask for any other dad but him. I love my dad so much!” – Chase Hobson, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.
“I honor my dad because he teaches me how to act in the world and follow in Jesus’ footsteps. My dad is caring and makes sure bad things don't happen to the people he loves or anyone. God the Father assigned all fathers to do His works down on Earth and to be the fathers of His children. My dad is a soldier and saves people like Jesus saved us from sin. I love my dad.” – Claire Burke, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.
“I was born on March 19, which is Saint Joseph’s feast day, so I have always felt a connection to Saint Joseph. He was a protector of Mary when he put her on a donkey and helped her escape from King Herod. He had faith in God that they would be safe on their journey. Also, Joseph was a provider. He helped find shelter so that Mary could give birth to Jesus, and he helped raise Jesus with Mary. Those are some reasons why I look up to Saint Joseph.” Claire Maloney
“My Dad is someone like I have never met before. I’m so proud of him! My Dad is smart, and I love him sooo much! Most of what I know comes from him! He is also very appreciative, like when Father’s Day comes I can give him anything and he’ll love it. I know many people have great dads. But no one has a dad like mine!” – Efratah Mezgebu, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

“My father is an influence to my life because he always gives the best advice and always makes sure I’m not slacking off on something. He’s taught me a lot of things throughout my years of living, and I thank him for that.” – Grace Taylor, eighth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 

“My dad is a positive influence in my life. He works harder than anyone I know. He has taught me that there is nothing more important than family. He also motivates me to work harder when I feel like giving up. He helped his parents a lot when they were living. I hope one day I will be just like him!” – Grayson Brady, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

“My dad has helped me with a lot of work and fixed many things. He is one of the smartest people I know. I love you dad.” – Hayden Estrella, sixth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
Hayleigh Estrella, third grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 

“I love my dad because he supports me in everything I do, and helps me get better at things. He is also a great chef and sometimes I try his foods. To me, he’s more than just a dad, he’s the best dad.” – Holly Mott, seventh grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland


“I am writing about my father because he has done so much for me. He told me about the Bible and going to church. This is why I am a Christian. He is a minister at my church, and I am glad that he is so I can get close to God and try to be like my father the most I can. I respect my father and care about him. He is a big influence to me, and he is the best and I wish I can be like him when I get older and teach my future children about God." – Jacob Cruz, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.
Jaya Kelly, seventh grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
Jerilynne Gonzales, second grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“My dad influences me by helping me in all of the things I need help to do. He is encouraging and loving. I really love my dad.” – Josette Amado, sixth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 


“My dad has influenced me by teaching me how to be kind. He has taught me to respect others. He has taught me to love and care for others. Through my daddy’s honesty and hard work he taught me how to persevere. Through his kind actions he taught me how to be nice. He taught me how to fight for what is right and to never give up.” – Julia Palor, seventh grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
Lianna Gonzalez, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
“I drew God the Father. He changed everything in my life by helping me understand things in wise ways. When I put my faith in Him, I feel less anxious.” – Maricel Bueno
“My father means so much to me! He is a great influence in my life and always helps me when I need it. My dad teaches me so many things such as how to be a better person. He is also very kind to others and treats everyone with respect. Aside from his kindness he is funny and loves to make people laugh. I love him and everything about him and I hope he has the best Father’s Day ever!” – Marisa Aguirre, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

“My father’s influence on me is that he makes me a better person. He is very caring. He always puts others first. He is very funny.” – Mekdelawit Tewodros, sixth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 

“My dad is my best friend. Even through there are difficult times but he’s always been by my side since the day I was born.” – Michael Hernadez, sixth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
“My dad influences me to be a great dad, caregiver, and all over good person.” Michael Allen Wynn, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
St Joseph by Mary Agnes Estorninos, first grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
“A father-figure is a person who is respected for his paternal qualities. My maternal grandfather has
qualities that make him my second father. Some of my papa’s paternal qualities include that I can go to
him for advice, help and support... My grandfather likes to spend time with me. He plays with me even when he is tired. I like to play with him too. I thank God every day that I have such an outstanding man — my papa – as a grandfather and as a father-figure." – Nicholas Saunders, fourth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. 

“My dad is one of the most influential people in my life. He would always try his best to make me happy and smile, but he also knows how to discipline me. He would teach me wrong from right and he would always be confident in what he believes. My dad is like my best friend, and I love him a lot.” – Megan Montero, eighth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 

“My dad is such a big influence in my life. He is such a good role model to me and my brother. He teaches us right and wrong and to never lower your expectations for someone or never change who you are. He will do anything for me! I love my dad so much.” –Soleil Kirkland, eighth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 

“My dad has influenced me to do your best in life and reach your goals. He also tells me not to waste my time on little things and move on.” – Sophia Delarosa, sixth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland


“I love my dad very much. He shows a great amount of determination, perseverance and commitment in every work he does, whether he is at his job teaching, or when he is at home helping our family with chores, cooking, gardening and entertainment. He brings us to church on Sunday and keeps us closer to God. He is a great role model for me, and that makes him the best father ever!” – Arlo Pangilinan, sixth grade, St. Columba Catholic School, Oxon Hill, Maryland