On Thursday, 20th May, 16 6th form pupils received their Pope John Paul II Awards at the College’s Valedictory Mass. Less than one week later an additional, socially distanced award ceremony took place in St Eugene’s Cathedral on the night of Wednesday 26th. Representing the College, and receiving is Gold Award was Liam Dunne. The guest speaker, Baroness Nuala O’Loan spoke passionately about the need to cherish and proclaim your faith in these challenging times of the pandemic.

In total, awards were distributed to 301 pupils from across the Diocese.  There were 13 gold awards, 1 silver award and 2 bronze awards presented to St Columb’s awardees. The Pope John Paul II Award recognises young peoples’ commitment to faith and community. Making young people visible in their church, community and society. This award is an ingenious way to direct the energy of the youth to something positive and constructive. It is probably the best way to commemorate the commitment of the former Pope to the young people of the world.

The award leader would like to thank the Diocesan Catechetical Centre and the RE department of the College for their assistance throughout the year.

Pictured below is Award Leader, Mr Paul McGarry, awardee Liam Dunne, musician Derek Ryan and Bishop Donal McKeown.

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