The Pope John Paul II Award
The Pope John Paul II Award encourages you to go beyond your comfort zone on a journey of self-discovery. It challenges you to give of your time, your talents, your intellect, and your social skills for the well-being of others and for the Glory of God.”
Message from the Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois
The Pope John Paul II Award is designed to meet the need of the time in which we live for positive encouragement and support for the young in the following ways:
- By providing ongoing development of understanding of faith appropriate to young adults
- Encouraging involvement in activity which is helpful to their communities
- Affording enjoyable and useful support for one another
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
The Award in the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois
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.
Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois Award Top-Up Suggestions
Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.
Gold: 6 hours
Silver: 4.5 hours
Bronze: 3 hours
Top-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example:
Many parishes organise pilgrimages, either specifically for young people, or for the wider parish community, but open to young people. Participation in this type of activity can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
World Youth Day is an international festival of Catholic Faith organised every three years. Pilgrims who travel to this wonderful event participate in a six month preparation programme.
Diocesan Youth Activities
On a number of occasions during the year, the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team will organise youth activities such as participation in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock, climbing Croagh Patrick, Youth Retreat Days, Glendalough trips, Knock Youth Festival, Youth 2000 Festival Lourdes and most recently Taize, or other pilgrimage activities. Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Many third level students undertake humanitarian trips to the Third World countries during their summer break. These trips can also provide an opportunity for Top-Ups for the Pope John Paul II Awards.
There may be other activities that you are involved in that are not included here but may be relevant, if so please contact the Pope John Paul II Award Committee for approval.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.