An RE resource for your TY and Year 12 class This resource has been designed specifically for young ... read more
TY and Year 12 Class Resource
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Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry and Award Patron led the National Pope John Paul II Award Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Tuesday, 28 March 2023. Young people travelled from across Ireland, to ... read more
On Sunday, 2nd April, Palm Sunday, Bishop Fintan presented John Paul II Award Awards in St. ... read more
Mary’s Meals is a global movement of people playing their part in tackling world hunger using a ... read more
The Pope John Paul II Award
The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.
Young people achieve their Award by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Award levels – Gold, Silver & Bronze. Those that have completed the Gold Award have a further option of completing the Papal Cross Award.
Over 20,000 young people, in 21 dioceses throughout Ireland and the UK have successfully completed the Pope John Paul II Award since it was created in 2006. Find out more...
Take an active part in the life of your ChurchThe Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church - in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ. Find out more...
Participate in school, parish and community activitiesThe Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities. Find out more...
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.
1 hour per week x 20 weeks
1 hour per week x 14 weeks
1 hour per week x 8 weeks
1 hour per week x 26 weeks
1 hour per week x 26 weeks
Parish and Social Awareness activities
Pope John Paul II Award participants can earn their Award by taking an active role in their parish and in activities which build social awareness.
We have published a useful list of parish and social awareness activities for Award Leaders and JP2 Award participants seeking ideas on how to help their parish and earn Award hours.