The Pope John Paul II Awards Ceremony 2017

The Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony in the Diocese of Elphin took place in the College of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo on the 25th October 2017. 71 candidates received Papal Cross, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

The ceremony was attended by Bishop Kevin Doran, Mr Tom Walton (Supreme Secretary of the Knights of Columbanus), Local Area Knights, School Principals, Award Leaders, Teachers, Priests, Parents, Family and Friends of Awardees.


Ms Maura Garrihy from Co. Clare was the guest speaker. Maura is a former Youth Director for the Diocese of Galway and is currently leading a faith and formation community for young adults in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. Maura shared her personal faith journey and her words of encouragement for our young people were greatly appreciated by all in attendance.

Two of the Awardees 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.

The John Paul II Award Initiative was launched in the Diocese in 2012 through the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office. This was made possible by the very generous sponsorship of the Knights of Columbanus who funded the entire cost of the setup and launch of this fantastic initiative. Once again the Diocese extends its sincere thanks to the Knights for supporting the Church’s mission in such a practical way and facilitating the handing on of our Catholic faith to the next generation.

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 in particular on his teaching on how young people can build up the common good through their participation in the life of the Church and community.

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