The Pope John Paul II Award recognises young peoples commitment to faith and community. Making young people visible in their church, community & society.
Last night, we gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 9th group of young people in the Diocese of Clogher to receive their Pope John Paul II Award. According to our records, it was also the night to celebrate passing a milestone, now over 2000 young people in our Diocese have received the Award.
We were honoured to have Mrs. Elma Walsh, of the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation join us as our guest speaker. Elma's son Donal, died in 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Throughout his suffering he wrote extensively. One of his writings on the issue of suicide - especially in young people gained him both national and international attention. Donal was interviewed on 'The Brendan O'Connor Show' on RTÉ, he used this opportunity to plead with his peers to reach out and seek help in times of hardship, distress and depression.
In total 176 young people from 21 parishes across the Diocese achieved their award. Bishop Duffy, in his remarks, expressed hope that the completion of the Award would not see the young people end their involvement in the life of their parish communities. He commended all of the volunteer Award Leaders who generously give so much in journeying and accompanying the youth in their parishes.