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 Hexham & Newcastle
Pope Francis was following in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II who inaugurated the World Youth Days many years earlier to express his love for young people and his confidence in them. In 1995 at World Youth Day in Manila, Pope John Paul II directed a personal question at each young person: "Are you capable of giving of yourself, your time, your energies, your talents, for the good of others? Are you capable of love? If you are, the Church and society can expect great things from each one of you."
Most of all I invite you, the young people of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese, to respond to the challenge that this Award offers you and to participate in the life and mission of our diocese. You are vitally important to the Church of Hexham and Newcastle. Together we are called to travel with hope on the great adventure of faith and to seek to be witnesses to the Gospel building God’s kingdom of truth, justice and love in our world.
Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle
The Award in the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle
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 Hexham & Newcastle 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
Each year many people from Hexham and Newcastle Diocese travel to Lourdes to care for people with illness and disability. The Lourdes Youth are essential to provide the level of care required. Working in Lourdes can be part of this Award.
There are other voluntary Diocesan and school pilgrimages which involve volunteering. These pilgrimages can also be considered as Award Top-Ups.
Trips lasting four days or more to work on specific projects such as the Peru Mission or projects in Africa can also be considered as Award Top-Ups.
Youth Council activities can also be considered for Top-Ups.
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 through your Parish or School Co-ordinator, for approval.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.
The following forms are required to be completed by each Award participant. Your Award leader will be able to assist you with any questions you have.