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.”
A message from the Bishop of Dromore
- Identify their faith development needs;
- Provide opportunities for an inclusive involvement in the Church; and
- Empower them to minister to their peers.
The Pope John Paul II Award is designed to help young people to get involved in their local parishes for their benefit and the benefit of their parishes.
At Confirmation, when our young people receive the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray that God will ‘support them through every trial and by their works of love build up the Church in holiness and joy’. The Pope John Paul II Award is one way in which our young people can express their faith and build up the life of the Church.
I pray God’s blessing on this project of the Youth Commission.
Bishop of Dromore
The Award in the Diocese of Dromore
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 Dromore 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:
Each year many people from the Dromore Diocese travel to Lourdes on Easter Sunday and in May to care for people with disability. These people need special care while in Lourdes and 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 groups can be part of this Award. There are other Diocesan pilgrimages to Taizé and Clonmacnois. These pilgrimages can also be considered as Award Top-Ups.
Following our experience at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Dromore Diocese is offering young people an opportunity to experience the power of Ignatian spirituality through MAGIS Experiments. MAGIS is a Latin word for "more", for people who want to give more on their journeys of faith. Service, Creative, and Pilgrimage are the three forms of Magis Experiments. Each form encourages the participants to live together simply and participate in activities that bring them closer to God.
Trips lasting four days or more to work on specific projects, such as orphanages in Romania or home building in Africa. 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.