Kildare and Leighlin diocese will celebrate the commitment and achievements of over 200 young people who have been involved in the Pope John Paul II Award.  Over the past year these young people, representing 34 parishes and 23 post primary schools/colleges across the diocese, have been engaged in youth ministry and voluntary work in their local Church and Community. The 200 plus awardees will receive their medals and certificates at the fifth annual award ceremony taking place Thursday 5th and Friday 6th February in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow at 7.30pm.

The evening will be an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many ways the young people have been actively involved in their parish and community over the past year. Bishop Denis Nulty will present each student with their award on the night.

In attendance at the ceremony will be friends and family of the awardees and representatives from schools, parishes and various charities that have helped the young people complete their award.   The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate the dedication of these young people to faith and good works. During the ceremony, Spirit of KandLe our diocesan youth choir will lead those gathered in song & prayer while Joe O’Brien former RTE News correspondent will interview some of the award recipients as they share their experiences of what they did to achieve their award.

For more details about the Pope John Paul II Award contact

(Photographers are invited to attend either evening, for more details contact Cathriona Kelly 087 7788007)