Pope John Paul II Award

The Pope John Paul II Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II, whose love of young people was so profound. The Award was launched in 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, and has since spread to the four corners of Ireland to the UK.

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and living or going to school in the Archdiocese of Tuam, the Pope John Paul II Award will enable you to become more actively involved in the life of your parish and community.

Faith is for living, and through taking an active part in your church and community you will experience the contentment and fulfillment that comes from serving others, especially those in great need.

Participation in the Award will also help show future employers and educators that you are a young person who can make an ongoing commitment to a task. The award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary.

The Award is achieved through volunteering in both a parish and community setting. Participants can aim for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, depending on the number of activities they do. With their hours completed, they then submit a reflection on their experience. Participants in their second year may aim for the Papal Cross Award, which involves the completion of a project instead of a reflection at the end. Further details can be found on the Pope John Paul II Award website.

Examples of Parish involvement

  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/folk group
  • Church decoration
  • Collector
  • Children’s Liturgy
  • Sacramental Preparation Programmes (eg. You Shall be my Witness)
  • Preparing articles for the parish newsletter / diocesan magazine ‘New Dawn’
  • VAKS – Volunteer at Knock Shrine
  • Volunteering in Lourdes
  • Pilgrimages – eg. Tóchar Phádraig
  • Many others besides – contact your Award Coordinator/Leader for approval.

Examples of Social Awareness projects

  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Faith and Light
  • Special Olympics
  • Leader in a youth club
  • Fundraising for charity
  • Visiting a nursing home
  • Faith Friends
  • Many others besides – contact your Award Coordinator/Leader for approval.

Forms and Documents

Final Reflection