Advent Photo Challenge

Advent, which comes from the Latin word for arrival or coming, is a period of preparation for the birth of Christ. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church’s “New Year’s Day”.

Advent is a time of joyous anticipation, but also of preparation for the great Christmas feast. This year, we are challenging young adults everywhere to reflect on our four sub-themes this advent season: Hope, Faith, Joy, and Love. Why young adults? Pope Francis says, “that young people are the now of God,” which is also why we chose Imago Dei (or the image of God) as our overall theme for this challenge.

As Maryknollers, we think about ways we can be in solidarity with those on the margins. This Advent season, we invite you to journey with us and read more about how Maryknoll priests, brothers, sisters, and lay people dedicate their lives to mission in hopes that light is shed so the whole world can see the face of God in unexpected places.

Be part of this social media movement! Show us what your hopes are, what your faith looks like, the things that bring you joy, and how you show love to others.

Join the Challenge and win prizes!


  • Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.
  • Like the first post announcing the theme for each week.
    • Week 1: Hope
    • Week 2: Faith
    • Week 3: Joy
    • Week 4: Love
  • Post your own reflection for each theme of the week on your feed.
  • Tag us on your post & make sure to include #ImagoDeiMYA in the caption.

*You are allowed 2 entries per week to be entered into the raffle.


1st Place: $50 Visa gift card, Orbis book of choice, and a Maryknoll tote bag

2nd Place: $25 Visa gift card, Orbis book of choice, and a Maryknoll tote bag

3rd and 4th Place: Orbis book of choice and a Maryknoll tote bag

The Photo Challenge will close New Year's Day.

Winners will be announced on our social media on Monday, January 4th.

For further instructions or questions please contact Stephanie Luna at