Pupils receive Pope John Paul II Awards

On Wednesday 7th February, 381 pupils from all over the diocese of Derry were presented with their Pope John Paul Awards in St Eugene’s Cathedral. They came from 19 schools and represented 47 parishes within the diocese and beyond. This year there were 13 students from Year 14 receiving awards from the College.

The guest speaker at the Award Ceremony this year was Alexander Mc Lean who is the founder of Justice Defenders (formerly African Prisons Project, or APP), which is based in Uganda and seeks to improve the lives of people imprisoned in Africa. Alexander gave an inspiring account of his life and how he saw the need for justice in a prison system in Uganda that lacked basic human rights and dignity. He inspired the young people of Derry to not let anyone diminish them and encouraged them to continue the great work that they did throughout their award especially with social outreach. The ceremony concluded with the beautiful voice of David James. David presents ‘The Jivetime Show’ on Highland Radio and is an international Irish dancer.

Pictured below are the year 14 awardees, Mr Alexander McLean, Bishop Donal McKeown and College staff member, Mr John Mulhern.

Award leader, Mr Paul McGarry, would like to thank the College RE department, Mr Nathan Thiruvengadam (Assistant Chaplain) and Mr John Mulhern for assisting the awardees during the ceremony. It was also a very proud day for Mr Mulhern whose son Eoin, from Scoil Mhuire College, received the prestigious Papal Cross Award.