Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony
The 7th Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony was held in Mallow Community Youth Centre on Thursday 10th October 2019. 87 young people from across the diocese and neighbouring diocese received the award. It was a great achievement for the young people, their families, their schools and local parishes, St Mary’s Secondary School Mallow, The Patrician Academy Mallow, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney, St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill, Presentation Secondary School Mitchelstown, Killavullen Parish, St Mary’s Secondary School Macroom, Colaiste Mhuire Buttevant, Glanmire Community College, St Angela’s College Cork, St Aloysius Secondary School Cork, Kinsale Community School and Sacred Heart School Clonakilty.
Guest speaker on the night was Ms Annette Harte, Award leader with the Patrician Academy for the last 7 years. Ms Harte spoke about the importance of the award linking the school & parish together. She praised the young people for work they undertook within their parishes and how they stepped outside their comfort zone to complete the award.
Bishop Crean presented each young person with their Certificates and Medals. 10 young people received their Bronze award, 6 received silver, 67 receiving Gold and 4 received the Papal Cross Award. This was a fantastic achievement for all the young people to receive their award. It was such a joyous occasion for both their families and their schools.
We were delighted to have the very talented Grainne Egan from St Mary’s Mallow opened the award ceremony with her own composition ‘Thunder’ on the keyboard while Caitlin Murray closed the award ceremony on her saxophone playing Halleluiah.
A sincere THANKS to all the staff in Mallow who helped out in the run up and on the night.