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.”
Message from the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly
As I meet young people I am very impressed with their energy, good humour and spirit of service that they show while engaged in different activities. As young people engage together in this Award, I hope friendships will develop and grow among those interested in service to Church and community.
I invite and encourage young people of the Archdiocese to engage in the Award and take the opportunity to live their baptism in a real and concrete manner. You are not only the Church of tomorrow but also of today.
Every blessing on all those involved.
Rath Dé oraibh.
Archbishop of Cashel & Emly
The Award in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly
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.
Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly 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.
Participation in World Youth Day, full attendance at Roscrea Youth 2000 Retreat or other such youth faith events. Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Training for Ministry
During the year, the Archdiocese will extend an invitation for young people to participate in training/leadership 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 or other areas 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.