The Pope John Paul II Awards scheme for young people will be launched here on 19th Oct in the new Arts Centre in Carlow.


Launch – 19th October

The Pope John Paul II Awards scheme for young people is coming to Kildare & Leighlin.

The scheme will be launched in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre in the new Arts Centre in Carlowon 19th October 2009

The guest speaker will be Kieran McGeeney, the former Armagh footballer and current Kildare County manager.

Click on link to view booklet – Kildare & Leighlin Pope John Paul II Award


The Pope John Paul II Award Committee

Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre
College Street,Carlow
Tel: 059 9164 084
Fax: 059 9164 020


John Paul II award

website –

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.

It 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. It has also been taken up in the Diocese of Dromore.

The Award is aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 18, and our Award Patron is Bishop Jim Moriarty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin.

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 will allow 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.

Message from the Bishop

The Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin has a long and proud tradition in youth ministry going right back to the days of Teach Bhride in Tullow, a place that offered welcome to young people. In many ways Teach Bhride set the foundations for further initiatives to follow; Faith Friends, Growing In Faith Together, and the Meitheal programme.

Recent years have seen a revival in the practice of pilgrimage among young people in our Diocese. Many have visited local, national and international shrines or travelled to events like World Youth Day; their participation in these initiatives is a testimony to a faith that is vibrant and alive.

The Mission Statement of our Diocesan Youth Ministry Team seeks to acknowledge the needs of young people, and it aspires to meet those needs by including them in the life of our church, drawing upon their gifts, talents and enthusiasm.

I believe that the introduction of the Pope John Paul II Awards is timely. This new initiative is designed to

foster and encourage the participation of young people in the life of our parishes, allowing them to express their faith and to build up the life of the church.

I pray that the Pope John Paul II Awards will help us to grow in our awareness of the faith needs of young people and of the spiritual gifts and energy that they bring.

I commend this project by the Youth Ministry Team, and I pray Gods blessing upon all involved.

+ Jim Moriarty

Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin