On Tuesday, 25 September 2018, over 1,000 young people, who are currently participating or have received the Pope John Paul II Award, gathered on pilgrimage at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
A day of participation, prayer and song
Young people from dioceses right across Ireland rose early on Tuesday morning to travel the journey to Knock Shrine in county Mayo.
The ceremony started at 11:30am with the welcome liturgy. Pope John Paul II Award participants from each dioceses had a role to play in each part of the liturgy. They had the opportunity to share their experiences of participating in the Pope John Paul II Award, discuss how it impacts on their faith and recognises the special place they have in their Church today. They had time to pray together, to listen to inspirational talks by:
Sr Ethel Normoyle of the Little Company of Mary in Ireland and director and founder of the Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and:
Alan Kerins – Irish sportsman, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Music was provided by Elation Ministries, choirs from participating dioceses and a soloist from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, Patron of the Award celebrated Mass and was joined by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore and priests from participating dioceses.
Photos: Stephen Latimer Photography
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