Award participants

Welcome to The 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 by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto on 7th November 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, Ireland.

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and living or going to school in participating Dioceses, the Pope John Paul II Award will enable you to become more actively involved in the life of your parish and community. Religion is not just for learning, nor a list of rules designed to stop you doing what you want. Religion is for living and through taking an active part in your church and community you will experience the contentment and fulfilment that comes from serving others, especially those in great need... Read More »

The video below is an inspirational speech by Kieran McGeeney, GAA All Ireland and 3 All Star winner, at the launch of the Pope John Paul II Award in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin - 19th October 2009.

Participating Dioceses

Pope John Paul II Award


The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them...
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Educational Resource


The 'Faith in Action' resource contains four weeks of engaging lesson material for the Pope John Paul II Award. Students are then encouraged to spend another four weeks carrying out action projects within their communities... Read More »

Contact Central Office

Central Office:
Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre
The Gate Lodge
2 Francis Street
BT48 7DS

Tel: 028 7126 4087
Fax: 028 7126 9090