Award Background

The Pope John Paul II Award is a new and exciting award for those aged 16-18yrs. The award requires young people to get actively involved in their parish and community and contribute in a positive way to the life of the Church. The award highlights the vibrant role young people have to play in our Church today and the wonderful skills and talents they can bring to enhance the liturgy and reach out in service to others. This award is voluntary, flexible and doesn’t require too much time from young people. The Award was launched in the Derry Diocese by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto in November 2006. At the launch, Bishop of the Diocese Most Rev Seamus Hegarty pointed out:

“The purpose of this initiative is to enable young people to live their faith and to witness to that faith… in the parish community”

Once students enroll to take part in the Gold, Silver or Bronze level they have up to one year to complete their chosen activities in the local parish and community.

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New Level for Award

'The Papal Cross' level of the award has recently been introduced and is for those students who have received the gold award in Year 13 and wish to continue their participation in the award through Year 14. It requires a longer period of commitment to parish and community and involves a project towards completion of the award. The project is decided in consultation with the young person and the catechetical centre.

Details of the Award

For more information about this award check out the website www.thepopejohnpauliiaward.com or contact the Award Committee at:

The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, The Gate Lodge, 2 Francis Street, Derry, BT48 7DS.
Email admin@thepopejohnpauliiaward.com