Gabriela won the diocese of Rockville Centre Respect Life essay contest with her essay, "My Sister is Special" in the junior high division two years ago. Since she is Hispanic, Marta Moscosa, the editor of "Fe, Fuerza y Vida"the diocesan Spanish newpaper, interviewed us for that paper as well as "The Long Island Catholic".
At her suggestion, Gabbi wrote a letter to Bishop Murphy asking for a youth column in "The Long Island Catholic". He replied that it was editor Liz O'Connor's call. Soon Rick Hinshaw replaced Ms. O'Connor as editor, and this week, Youth Voice has begun, with my daughter's essay from the contest. If your teens live in the diocese, here's their chance to contribute to what has become a new and improved "Long Island Catholic".