The Pope John Paul II Award is up and running throughout the diocese now with over 170 young people enrolled and involved in Commissioning Ceremonies at parish level.

Pope John Paul II Award

This 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. Aimed at young people between the ages of 16 – 18, it was launched in the Kildare & Leighlin Diocese by Bishop Jim Moriarty on Carlow on 19th October 2009 and has since then had a very successful response.

Click here to watch a video of the inspirational talk given by GAA legend Kieran McGeeney at the launch of the Pope John Paul II awards in Kildare & Leighlin Diocese


Pope John Paul II awards

Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin will be enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society, and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. This will enable young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is. It allows young people to understand that religion and faith are not just for learning, nor are they a list of rules, but that they are for living. It encourages and fosters involvement in Parish Life and Social Awareness among young people in this age group, and acknowledges this with the presentation of the award when the criteria are met.

Young people taking part in the award are volunteering for a variety of activities in their local parish or community. Some of the activities include:

  • Reading at Parish Masses & School Liturgies
  • Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Folk Groups and Choirs
  • Parish Events for youth and all parishioners
  • Leaders for Mass with special liturgy for young children
  • Helping with the Do This in Memory programme at parish level
  • Training for Leadership in the Confirmation programme You will be my Witnesses
  • Volunteering with Faith Development Services
  • Easter Vigil Walk and Dawn Mass- Easter Sunday Morning
  • Carrying Parish Flag at Chrism Mass
  • Drama of the Passion and Stations of the Cross for Good Friday
  • School Leadership programmes such as Meitheal.
  • Peer Mentoring Groups and Shared Learning through school
  • Trocaire Fast and Lenten Campaign
  • Fundraising for various charities
  • Visitation of Residential Homes
  • Leader in local sports club or group in their community
  • Parish Youth Group Meetings and Planning events for Youth
  • Church Decor and Cleaning
  • Parish Youth Trip to Clonmacnois Monastic Site

Forthcoming Activities

All students participating in the award are invited to participate in the following forthcoming planned activities:-

  • Diocesan Hike of Croagh Padriag & Pilgrimage to Knock (5th/6th June 2010)
  • Knock Summer Festival 18-35, 25th-27th June 2010
  • Clonmacnois Summer Youth Festival, 16-35, 12th-15th August 2010
  • World Youth Day in Madrid 15th-22nd August 2011

Further Information

For more information on the PJPII Award or to download a handbook, application form or record card, check out

or for details on any how to participate in any of the above mentioned events please contact:

Yvonne Rooney
Tel: (059) 9164084
Mobile: (087) 7788007