He'll Meet the Pope

Peter Osgood, a senior biology major at Catholic University, has won the school's essay contest that nets him a meeting with the pope. More than 125 students entered the contest, writing about "How Catholic education has changed my life."

For his winning essay, Osgood gets an intro to the pope when he visits the university in Northeast D.C. on April 17 for an address to Catholic educators.

In his essay, Osgood recalls his early education in a Catholic school: "I remember vividly how each school day began in prayer. It was here that we brought to mind those in need, gave thanks for our many gifts and asked for help in all of our challenges. This truly set the tone for our learning throughout the rest of the day." And he expresses his gratitude for his Catholic University education.

University president the very Rev. David O'Connell will introduce Osgood, who is from Penn Yan, N.Y., to Benedict.

Second-place winner is Christopher Seibt of Syracuse, N.Y., who is working on his master's degree in philosophy and is studying to become a priest in the university's seminary, Theological College. Seibt gets to sit in on the pope's speech but no personal introduction for him.

By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  April 11, 2008; 9:58 AM ET
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