On Saturday 8 September, during the Vigil Mass in the Cathedral, Bishop Smith presented medals to students from the Diocese of Meath who had participated in the Pope John Paul II Awards over the last year. Bishop Deenihan, who was attending a course in Rome for new Bishops, sent his congratulations to the recipients.
The students receiving medals came from a number of schools in the Diocese – Sacred Heart Secondary School in Tullamore; Mercy Secondary School in Kilbeggan; St Ciaran’s Community School in Kells and Colaiste Choilm in Tullamore. In addition, two of the students received the highest Award, the Papal Cross.
The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.
The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.
The Award was created to commemorate St John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them.