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Y14 students who received the Pope John Paul II Award

A group of sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine were each presented with the Pope John Paul II Awards at the Derry Diocese’s eleventh annual ceremony, held in Derry’s Millennium Forum on Monday 10th February.

Nineteen final year students from Loreto College were presented with the Pope John Paul II Gold award, and two students received the Silver award in recognition of their commitment and dedication to parish involvement and social awareness.  

The Pope John Paul II Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II, who was very committed to young people and had great belief and confidence in them. It allows young people to be able to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society, and also to become more aware of the teaching and roles of the Catholic Church. The Award is earned by voluntarily taking part in activities of Parish Involvement and Social Awareness for a set period of time, and by the preparation of a presentation. It is presented to 16 - 18 year olds who have been actively involved in their parishes and communities and who have contributed “in a positive way to the life of the Church”; the hope is that this commitment will last well into adult life.

Archbishop Franz Lackner, Archbishop of Salzburg, Austria presented the award along with Bishop Donal Mc Keown, Bishop of Derry.  Such ceremonies, which began in the Derry Diocese, have now spread to over 20 dioceses in Ireland and England.

The students and the members of the Religious Education department at Loreto College, were congratulated on their generosity and commitment by Mr Michael James, College Principal. Reflecting on what they had learned, the students felt that the scheme had allowed them to grow in their faith and in confidence, and had given them the opportunity to live their faith through action.