Pope John Paul II Award

Pope John Paul II Award

The award was created to commemorate the late St. Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such a belief and confidence in them.

Through the Pope John Paul II Award young people in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese will be enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society, and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world.  This will enable young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is.

It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith are not just for learning, nor are they a list of rules but that they are for living.

Pope Francis reminded us of how much their contribution is valued at World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro when he gave this message to the young people of the world:

“The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you…. You can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light.”

Since the launch, St. Anthony’s and St. Aidan’s students have been awarded the following:


23 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards


26 Gold Awards and 2 Bronze Awards


21 Gold Awards and 2 Silver Awards


12 Gold Awards and 1 Bronze Award


39 students are currently enrolled