The Catholic Church dedicates the month of May to honoring Mary, the Mother of God. At the beginning of the month, many parishes hold a May Crowning, where they place a crown, often made of flowers, on the head of a statue of Mary as a sign of this honor. 

For the May issue of Junior Saints, students from Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools and parishes drew pictures of the Blessed Mother. Here are some of the drawings and writings about why students love Mary:

Alyssa Soriano, eighth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
Lucas Barthel, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

“I love Mary because she is a mother to all of us. During hard times I think of Mary and I am reminded to trust God and His plan for me. Even when Mary was scared she trusted God. Unlike ordinary people, Mary was born without original sin. Mary reminds me of my mom because she is loving and caring.” 

-Anna Simal, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

Jada Lagda, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland

“I love Mary because she is the role model for people my age. Mary was just about my age when she agreed to be the mother of Jesus. She shows us that no matter what age we are, we can always do what God wants us to do. For example, when Mary said ‘yes’ to God, she basically said yes to helping save the whole world. When I say ‘yes’ to my mom or an adult, I’m being like Mary by being obedient, which is God’s will.” 

-MiKayla Cole, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons, Maryland

Brianna Rourke, seventh grade, Mother Catherine Academy, Mechanicsville, Maryland
Glory Gezaei, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.

“Mary showed an immense amount of strength, bravery, love and above all, faith. Mary never faltered when God asked her to do anything. Not only did Mary give birth to Jesus, she was strong enough to look up and watch Him die on the cross. I give my devotion to Mary not only because of her impressive attributes, but because Jesus gave her to us to be our mother.”

-Bree Gott, eighth grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons

Soleil Kirkland, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill

“The reason why Mary, the Holy Mother, is important is because she sets a good example for everyone. Mary was the mother of Jesus, so mothers on earth look to Mary for help and guidance for their children. Mary helps everyone to be their best and do everything with calmness.”

-Ashley Federowicz, seventh grade, St. Bartholomew School, Bethesda, Maryland

Ashlynn Hancock, eighth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown, Maryland
Zitem Chukwura, eighth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland

“I admire Mary because she said ‘yes’ to God. Even though she was young and scared, she put all of her trust in God and agreed to give birth to Jesus. If people found out, Mary would be stoned to death. She was brave and found the courage and strength to let God take care of her. Mary is an example of how we should all live our lives.”

-Sydney Williams, eighth grade, St. Mary’s School, Bryantown, Maryland

Carleigh Watson, sixth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown

“I love that Mary immediately said ‘yes’ to the Lord. She was a woman who loved God above all things and a woman who has sheltered all as her children.”

-Feven Tadele, seventh grade, St. Augustine Catholic School, Washington, D.C.

McKenna Anthony, eighth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill

Elijah Shewell, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons

Next issue:

Archbishop Wilton Gregory will be installed as the new archbishop of Washington on May 21. As the new spiritual shepherd of our family of faith, he wants to get to know everyone in the archdiocese. To introduce yourself to him, please draw a picture of yourself and write a bit about you for our next Junior Saints. Please send drawings and writings by May 24 to:

Junior Saints

P.O. Box 4464

Washington, D.C. 20017

Please print or write your full name clearly on your work and include the name of your parish or school and your grade. Please only send original drawings. Thank you!