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Y14 students from Loreto College Coleraine who received the Pope John Paul II Award - View Full Size Image
Y14 students from Loreto College Coleraine who received the Pope John Paul II Award

A group of sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, have each been presented with the Pope John Paul II Awards.

Of the group of twelve Year 14 Loreto College students, eleven students earned Gold awards and one earned a Silver award. 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 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 preparation of a presentation.†

The students were presented with their awards at a ceremony at the Millennium Forum, Derry, just before Easter. The awards ceremony featured guest speakers, singers and a live radio interview of two students who participated in the award.† The guest speaker was Edmund Power, the Abbot of St. Paulís Outside the Walls, Rome; the Very Rev. Seamus Hegarty, Bishop of Derry, was also present at the event.

The students and their teacher, Mr Kevin Conroy of the Religious Education department at Loreto College, were congratulated on their generosity and commitment by Mr Brian Lenehan, 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.