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 Raphoe
People do want the youth of their parish to be involved. Our Diocesan Pastoral Team has heard this request repeated many times as they listened to people throughout the Diocese.
Beannacht Dé oraibh
Bishop of Raphoe
The Award in the Diocese of Raphoe
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 Raphoe 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 and some schools 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. Being part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes can also count towards the Pope John Paul II Award.
Taking part in the Diocesan Youth Day, attending festivals such as the Knock Youth Festival or the Clonmacnois Youth Festival can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Retreats lasting at least two days count towards the Pope John Paul II Award. These can be arranged privately or through involvement with other groups and organisations.
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.