Promoting the Pope John Paul II Award

The Pope John Paul II Award encourages you to go beyond your comfort zone on a journey of self-discovery. It challenges you to give of your time, your talents, your intellect, and your social skills for the well-being of others and for the glory of God.

The Pope John Paul II Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It also enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.

The Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities.

A message from the Bishop of Meath

I welcome the setting up of the diocesan structure for the Pope John Paul II Award, involving young people in second level schools. All belong to the family of God, including the young, and all are called to respect and cherish the giftedness of their lives in the sight of God. Pope John Paul II, among many other initiatives, began the worldwide gathering of young people known as World Youth Days. His initiative, which has evoked an enormous response, was a call and a challenge as well as an affirmation of the contribution young people can make to their families, their local community, the Church and wider society.

The Award encourages such involvement and outreach which has a formative and positive impact on the lives of those who take part in its programmes. I trust many will be able to participate in the programme in all parts of our Diocese. I especially thank those who have given their time and expertise to oversee this welcome development.

+ Michael Smith
Bishop of Meath

Meath John Paul II Award Office


By telephone:  086 8300334

By email:

By post:
Sean Wright

Diocesan Director

The Pope John Paul II Award Committee
Meath Diocesan Catechetical Office
Co. Meath   A82 NT67