Pope John Paul II Award meet students from across the country at TY Expo TY EXPO 2017 took place at ... read more
News, Events & Activities
Celebrate 10 years of the Pope John Paul II Award.
A special pilgrimage to Rome will take place in October 2017 to celebrate 10 years of the Pope John Paul II Award. Bishop Donal McKeown – Award patron, will lead the pilgrimage to celebrate the achievements of so many who have participated in the Award.
This year, the Pope John Paul II Award is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark this special ... read more
The Pope John Paul II Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church ... read more
Event update Transition year students from schools in 14 dioceses running the Award met us at our ... read more
On Sunday, 2nd July 2017, Fr Michael Toomey delivered RTÉ Mass on Sunday with a congregation and ... read more
Highlights of the video Time: 14:15 - Opening - Liturgical Dance from Diocese of Derry Time: ... read more
What is the Award and who is it for?
The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.
Young people achieve their Award by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Award levels – Gold, Silver & Bronze. Those that have completed the Gold Award have a further option of completing the Papal Cross Award.
Over 20,000 young people, in 21 dioceses throughout Ireland and the UK have successfully completed the Pope John Paul II Award since it was created in 2006.
Take an active part in the life of your ChurchThe Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church - in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.
Participate in school, parish and community activitiesThe Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities.
There are 4 Awards - Gold, Silver, Bronze & Papal Cross
Each Award is completed over a 16 month period beginning at the start of the academic year.
Awards are earned by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14, 20 or 26 weeks.
Those that have completed the Gold Award have a further option of completing the Papal Cross Award.
1 hour per week x 20 weeks
1 hour per week x 14 weeks
1 hour per week x 8 weeks
1 hour per week x 26 weeks
1 hour per week x 26 weeks
Who organises the Award?
Award head office
The Pope John Paul II Award is coordinated from its head office in Derry, Northern Ireland. It was created by Fr Paul Farren in his role as director of the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre.