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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.”
A message from the Archbishop of Tuam
From chatting with young people from all over our diocese I am convinced that many want to be involved in our Church. We, as a Church, need to offer young people real and meaningful opportunities to play their part in the building up of God's kingdom.
I thank the Knights of St Columbanus for their generous sponsorship of this project and I commend the Diocesan Youth Council for its energy and vision. Finally I pray God’s blessing on all who will benefit from their involvement in the Pope John Paul II Awards.
Archbishop of Tuam
The Award in the Archdiocese of Tuam
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 Tuam 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:
Each year young people from the Diocese travel to Lourdes accompanying pilgrims with disability as part of the HCPT pilgrimage. Working in Lourdes with such diocesan groups can be part of this Award.
Participation in the annual Tochar Pádraig organised by the Diocesan Youth Council is also a way to gain Award Top-Ups. This pilgrimage takes place over three stages culminating with the Annual Youth Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick held in May.
Each year a number of junior members of the Legion of Mary travel to Great Britain to work in parishes. During this time they visit homes and offer the Catholic faith to all whom they encounter.
Many third level students undertake humanitarian trips to Third World countries during their summer break. These trips can also provide an opportunity for Top-Ups for the Pope John Paul II Awards.
World Youth Day
World Youth Day is an international festival of Catholic faith organised every three years. Pilgrims who travel to this wonderful event participate in a six month preparation programme.
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.