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

Forty-four final year students from Loreto College were presented with the Pope John Paul II award at a ceremony held in the Millennium Forum, Derry on Tuesday 2nd February. The awards ceremony involved 481 pupils from all second level schools in the Derry diocese who were recognised for their commitment to their parish and the social needs of their community and the wider world.

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. It is presented to 16 - 18 year olds who have been actively involved their parishes and communities have a contributed ”in a positive way to the life of the Church.”

The awards ceremony was a fitting tribute to 44 current Loreto students who were presented with their ‘Gold’ awards and 2 former students, Maria McQuillan and Payton Mullan, who received the ‘Papal Cross’ award for their wonderful contribution to both their parish and communities. Special guest on the night, Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack paid tribute to each student and encouraged them to continue the excellent work they have begun.

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.