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 Meath
Bishop of Meath
The Award in the Diocese of Meath
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 Meath 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:
Any student who takes part in at least a one day retreat will be eligible for an Award Top-Up.
Each year young people from the diocese travel to Lourdes. Travelling as part of this group or volunteering as a member of the pilgrimage team can be part of this Award.
On a number of occasions during the year, the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team may organise youth activities such as participation in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock, Youth Retreat Days, Youth 2000 retreats or other pilgrimage activities. Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Training for Ministry
During the year, parishes may extend an invitation for young people to participate in training programmes. These training events can also be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Trips lasting 4 days or more to work on specific projects, such as orphanages in Romania or home building in Africa. The Immersion Projects which bring young people to Zambia or other areas to work in a voluntary capacity in schools and communities can also be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
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.