Dominican College John Paul Awards go from strength to strength
Well done to the eighteen pupils who received their Gold John Paul 2nd Award medals at today’s special assembly; this builds on the success of last year’s three Gold medal winners and demonstrates the growth and success of this initiative within Dominican College.
Congratulating the pupils, Mrs Willighan, the John Paul Awards co-ordinator, spoke glowingly about how these eighteen pupils had each shown great commitment to their community and local parishes in their voluntary work. She spoke of the superb efforts in the Cork to Calais clothing appeal, the work within Save the Children, St Vincent De Paul and the fundraising for the Habitat for Humanity visit to Romania later this year. The pupils had also organised initiatives such as Fair trade Fortnight and taken part in a range of school liturgies as part of their “unique faith journey”.
Commending the Dominican pupils, Pauline Dowds, the Director of Youth Ministry in the Down and Connor Diocese, presented the Year 14 pupils with their gold medals and certificates praising their dedication and commitment to the goals of social justice. Pauline told the Dominican pupils:
“You have all pushed yourselves in the pursuit of this award. The John Paul II awards are all about young people giving back to the communities and parishes that have nourished and nurtured them and you have brought great joy in the incredible gift of your time, commitment and energy. I hope that you will continue in your endeavours and that you will inspire younger pupils in Dominican to follow in your faith footsteps”.
Pauline encouraged the gold medal winners to consider the challenge of the Papal Cross award and offered Dominican pupils the opportunity to take part in a Pilgrimage to Knock in July this year.
Well done to Mrs Willighan for all her work in leading and co-ordinating the work of the pupils his year.
The pupils who received their John Paul II Gold medals and certificates today were:
Katie Leigh Turner
Megan Duffy (YR 13)
Shannon O Donnell