Cathedral Presentation of John Paul II Awards

Photos of Presentation of John Paul II awards in Tuam Cathedral, Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. The awards were presented by Mr. Gavin Duffy, Connacht and Ireland rugby player.

Ireland Rugby Star Gavin Duffy presents Pope John Paul II Awards

Fifty eight young people from twenty two parishes across the Diocese of Tuam were presented with the Pope John Paul II Award at a ceremony in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam on Wednesday October 20th 2010. The guest of honour Gavin Duffy, Connacht and Ireland Rugby player, presented the Awards. In his address Gavin pointed out that in a world in which it may not seem cool to be an active member of the church and a world in which much of the work that the young people had done may seem to go unnoticed this Award was all the more significant. He praised the young people for their dedication and commitment and urged them to continue to play an active role in the local parish communities.

The Pope John Paul II Award invites young people to commit to become involved in their local parish and community. Fr Tod Nolan, who represented Archbishop Neary on the night, added that ‘the award is also an opportunity for parishes to honour the many young people who already play central roles in the life of their communities’.

The Award has three strands. The first two challenges young people to active involvement in their parish and in their local community. The third strand invites the young people to write a short reflection on how that involvement has helped them better understand the place faith has in their lives. Fr Nolan in his few words pointed out that while the hope was the young people might learn from their experience that the church itself had learned much more. He told the Award recipients, ‘We have learnt that as much we are inspired by the courage it took for you to play your part in this ‘uncool’ church it takes an equal amount of courage for us as church to welcome your involvement’.

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