HUNDREDS of people, both young and old, flocked to St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh for the Diocesan Faith Award Ceremony on Monday.
This event was set up in order to celebrate the gifts and talents of over 300 young people who were there to collect awards for their role in their respective parishes, communities and schools. Representatives from all over the Diocese collected the awards, namely the Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award in an event that has been described as “a fitting celebration for the work of young people in the Diocese”.
The Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award are prestigious awards in the area of faith development and to receive one is undoubtedly a thing of great honour for those who were being celebrated at this event.
The Muiredach Cross Award is particularly aimed at the younger members of society throughout the schools in the Diocese.
It is hoped that participation in this award will provide a solid foundation upon which to build in later life when a young person is eligible for the Pope John Paul II Award.
There is great interest in participation in these two awards and this was highlighted by the sheer enthusiasm shown in attendance at the event.
The positive thing about these awards was that it wasn’t a passive experience for those involved. The pupils and their schools were actively involved throughout the ceremony, providing music and displaying the talents that are being put to such good use within their local communities.
This event wasn’t only about recognising the achievements of the participants, but also to give them another platform to showcase their skills.
Cardinal Seán Brady and Dean Colum Curry presented the awards and there was a sense of achievement and enthusiasm in the air.
The Diocesan Youth Commission would like to thank those involved in the ceremony: leaders, parents and all who took part in what was clearly a successful and gratifying occasion.
To hear more or to get involved in this award contact Dermot Kelly on 028/048 3752 3084 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org