Bishop Robert Deeley has announced the winners of the Diocese of Portland’s Christmas Card Art Contest, conducted by the diocese’s Office of Development.

All Catholic school and faith formation students throughout the diocese were invited to participate in the contest. Each submission featured original creations by the artists reflecting a passage from Scripture, with one winner selected from each of the following grade groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

This month, the winners’ creations will appear on the Christmas cards that will be sent to 2022 Catholic Appeal donors, according to a news release from Dave Guthro, Office of Communications, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The contest winners are:

• Kindergarten-Grade 2: Nataleigh Poirier of Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston;

• Grades 3-5: Valerie Saba of St. Brigid School in Portland;


• Grades 6-8: Ella Brown of Holy Cross School in South Portland; and

• Grades 9-12: Saima Gombar of Good Shepherd Parish in Lyman.

The contest has received hundreds of entries since its inception in 2017.



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