On Tuesday 24, January 2023 the diocese of Clonfert held their Annual Pope John Paul II Award ... read more
Making young people visible in their church, community & society
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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 Bishop Michael
I feel very privileged to have met Saint John Paul II (1920-2005) on a number of occasions during the time I studied in Rome. I was also present at some of his many memorable World Youth Day gatherings. He had an enormous heart for young people and a keen sense that young people were the future not only of the Church but also of humanity itself. At World Youth Day in Rome in 2000, he spoke movingly to almost three million young people from all around the world as follows:
“It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” (John Paul II, Tor Vergata, 2000)
The Pope John Paul II Award has been designed to assist young people in deepening their Christian faith which inspires us to “do something great” with their lives. Saint John Paul was convinced that life is enriched not impoverished by being a Christian. The young people who partake in this award are young people who, in his words refuse to “be grounded down by mediocrity”. They are young people who have the courage to commit themselves to improving themselves, their parishes, and society and thereby “making the world more human and more fraternal.”
I thank everyone involved in the organisation of this award. I encourage as many young people as possible, throughout our Diocese to take part. My hope and prayer is that they may bring great blessings to all involved.
+ Michael Duignan
Bishop of Clonfert
The Award in the Diocese of Clonfert
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.Gold AwardSilver AwardBronze AwardPapal Cross Award
Diocese of Clonfert Award Top-Up Suggestions
Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that Award participants are already involved in.
Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.
Gold: 6 hours
Silver: 4.5 hours
Bronze: 3 hoursTop-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.
Diocesan Youth Activities
On a number of occasions during the year, the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team may organise youth activities such as participation in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock, Youth Retreat Days, Youth 2000 retreats or other pilgrimage activities. Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
During the year, parishes may 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.
Trips lasting 4 days or more to work on specific projects, such as orphanages in Romania or home building in Africa. The Immersion Projects which bring young people to Zambia or other areas to work in a voluntary capacity in schools and communities 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.
Participants Application Form
Record Card Guidelines