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Y14 students and staff with Monsignor Eamon Martin Coadjutor and Friar Alessandro following the Pope John Paul II Awards - View Full Size Image
Y14 students and staff with Monsignor Eamon Martin Coadjutor and Friar Alessandro following the Pope John Paul II Awards

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

Twenty-two final year students from Loreto College were presented with the Pope John Paul II 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 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, on 8th February. The awards ceremony featured guest speakers, singers and a live radio interview of two students who participated in the Award.  The Awards were presented by Monsignor Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop elect of Armagh and Friar Alessandro from Assisi.

The students from Loreto College who completed the award were: Eimear Anderson, Liam Browne, Jamie McAlary, Aileen McAlister, Norene McBride, Laura McIntyre, Olivia McLaughlin, Leanne McNally, Aoife McReynolds, Megan McWilliams, Niamh Meehan, Anna Moloney, Ger Mullan, Aisling O’Kane, Cristin O’Kane, Emma O’Kane, Lauren O’Neill, Dearbhla Rafferty, Gemma Reid, Sara Reid, Paul Roantree, and Clare Tracey.

The students, along with the members of the Religious Education department at Loreto College who had guided and encouraged them in achieving the Award, 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.