The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It 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 was created to commemorate the late Pope Saint John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The Award was launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto on 7th November 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, Ireland, and during the Autumn of 2020 to the Diocese of Portsmouth.
In Portsmouth we have an ambition to bring people closer to Jesus Christ through his Church, this award can help us in our efforts to realise this ambition. It can support young people as they discover more about their faith by engaging in the practical activities that surround our liturgies and service to the community. It will also enable young people through their actions to be missionaries and witnesses to other young people, to make their voices heard.
The award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment. Awards are earned by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Awards – Gold, Silver & Bronze. Those that have completed the Gold Award have a further option of completing the Papal Cross Award.
This autumn we are calling all our Diocesan Schools, and Parishes with young people in Years 11-13 or aged 16-18 to contact us to find out more and enrol to earn one of these four JP II Awards. Contact our Diocesan co-ordinator for more information or visit the JP II Award website: