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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 Waterford & Lismore
That welcome and warmth are gifts in grace from God. These young people are discovering what it is to be a follower of Christ and a member of his Church, and are part of a group which has the name of a person who lived his vocation as a child of God to an extraordinary degree. He gave everything to God and offered every moment and every ounce of energy for others to God. What an inspiration he is to all!
St. John Paul II - intercede for us.
Bishop of Waterford & Lismore
The Award in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore
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 Waterford & Lismore 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 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.
On a number of occasions during the year, the schools and diocesan team will organise youth activities such as participation in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock or Lourdes, arrange Youth Retreat Days or other pilgrimage activities.
Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Training for Ministry
During the year, the Diocesan Pope John Paul II Committee will 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.
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.
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.