The Award in the Diocese of Cork & Ross
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 Cork & Ross Award Top-Up & Faith Development 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:
Our Diocese organises the young adults group to Lourdes (18-25) each year and also many parishes and other organisations (IHCPT, CASA, CLM, IPT, Chaplaincies, Catholic Society) organise pilgrimages, either specifically for young people, or for the wider community, but open to young people. Participation in this type of activity can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
At certain times the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office organise specific activities for young people or young adults which you will be invited to participate in which can also be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Trips lasting four days or more to work on specific projects – such as HOPE, SERVE or Habitat for Humanity or with one of the religious congregations or other areas to work in a voluntary capacity in schools and communities overseas 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.
Every Award participant in the Diocese of Cork & Ross is required to engage in a recognised faith development programme/activity offered in the diocese or parish:
- Alpha programme
- NUA programme
- Sycamore programme
- YOUCAT or DOCAT programme
- Youth 2000 prayer group
- Catholic Society/Chaplaincy team in third level
- SCALA faith activities
- Youth prayer/faith discussion groups
- Taize prayer group
- Active member of the Legion of Mary
- Member of Jesus Youth
You may be involved in other faith development activities which with approval from the Diocesan Award Committee will also be counted towards your Award hours.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.