Students rewarded with Pope John Paul II awards
LAST week saw 44 young people from around the Diocese of Cloyne achieve their Pope John Paul II Award.
Students from Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant; St. Aloysius' College, Carrigtwohill; St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow and Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown received their Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.
Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people in the Diocese of Cloyne are enabled 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 role of the Catholic Church in the world.
Fr Tom McDermott was M.C. for the evening and members of the CDYS music project as well as students from St Aloysius' College, Carrigtwohill, enhanced the evening with their singing.
Bishop Crean delivered the opening address to a packed audience of young people, parents, teachers, principals, schools chaplains, priests, religious sisters, members of the Knights of St Columbanus, staff and volunteers of CDYS.
Four of the young people, Katie Marie O'Callaghan, Niamh Palmer, Yvonne Doyle and Niamh Connery spoke of their positive experience in completing the award.
The guest speaker for the evening was Louise Lenihan who is a teacher in Coláiste Mhuire in Cobh. Louise was part of the team from Trocaire and the Diocese of Cloyne who travelled to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for World Youth Day 2013.
Louise spoke of how the best thing in her life is her faith and gave an account of her trip to Rio. She summed up her description of World Youth Day as being the World Cup of Mass.
Bishop Crean and Brian Williams presented each young person with their medals and certificates.