Pope John Paul II Award – Ceremony 2018

The Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony in the Diocese of Elphin took place in the College of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo on the 24th October 2018. Fifty Three young people received Papal Cross, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

The ceremony was attended by Bishop Kevin Doran, Mr Barry McMahon (Representing the Knights of Saint Columbanus), Local Area Knights, School Principals, Award Leaders, Teachers, Priests, Parents, Family and Friends of those receiving their Awards.     


Ms Nicola Mitchell, Director of Knock Youth Ministry was the guest speaker. Nicola shared her personal faith journey and her words of encouragement for our young people were truly inspirational and greatly appreciated by all in attendance.









Four recipients of the Award shared personally and profoundly about their experience of partaking in the Award. They and all of the other young people who received their awards are a credit to their families, parishes and schools and are to be commended for their commitment and engagement over the past year.

In his address on the night Bishop Kevin congratulated the young people and thanked them for giving their time and energy to their local parishes, schools and communities. He shared some thoughts and reflections on Pope Saint John Paul II and his love for young people and how he encouraged young people to not be afraid to follow Jesus.

The evening was greatly enriched by the musical talents of choirs and musicians from the Ursuline College Sligo, the Mercy College Sligo and the College of the Immaculate Conception Sligo.

Sincere thanks to the College of the Immaculate Conception, its Principal Mr. Paul Keogh, Principal and the Board of Management for making their beautiful school available to us for this wonderful celebration once again.

For more information on the Pope John Paul II Award please contact Frank McGuinness, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry on 087 9880690