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 Clogher
We often give in to the notion that prayer or matters of morality outside the church building are somehow for older people only and inappropriate for youth. This is to do young people a serious injustice. It is to encourage them to keep their light hidden, to keep their deepest hopes and aspirations under wraps. Young people need to bring their good will for Christ and his message to the surface, to talk about it more, to grow in being self-critical, to give good example in front of others.
There is a world out there waiting to be changed for the better.
Bail ó Dhia ar an obair.
Bishop of Clogher
The Award in the Diocese of Clogher
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 Clogher 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
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Each year about 500 people from the Clogher Diocese travel to Lourdes in July. About 60 of the people who travel are assisted pilgrims. These people need special care while in Lourdes. Volunteers are always needed to give them that care. It may be pushing their wheelchair or just accompanying them. Working in Lourdes with the diocesan pilgrimage can be part of this Award.
Lough Derg - 3 Day Pilgrimage
Each year thousands of people leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life and go back to basics on Lough Derg. The pilgrimage presents a welcome challenge away from our home comforts, as well as a wonderful prayerful and spiritual experience.
There may be other pilgrimages or 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.
Trips lasting 4 days or more to work on specific projects, such as orphanages in Romania or home building in Africa.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.