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Pope John Paul II Pilgrimage to Rome

Nov 16

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The award, which began in the Diocese of Derry as a way of recognising the work that young people do in their parishes and encouraging participation in social awareness, has been awarded to over 25,000 young people north and south of the border. Roisín, during her time in Tullow Community School completed the PJP II Gold Award in 5th year and went on to complete the Papal Cross award in 6th year. On paper, between the two awards, Roisin completed over 56 weeks of parish/school faith-based involvement and 46 weeks of volunteer work - however the reality was far greater! Throughout her time in TCS, Roisín was very active in the faith life of the school. When the opportunity to travel to Rome to celebrate the life of Saint John Paul II arose, she jumped at the chance. During the week, Roisín and Ms Fitzgerald, along with 180 other Irish pilgrims from 11 dioceses around Ireland, experienced beautiful liturgies, visited the Irish College in Rome and had time with Baroness Nuala O’Loan (who was a fellow pilgrim and patron of the Award). They visited the Vatican and the busy, but no less beautiful, Sistine Chapel. However, the highlight of the trip was certainly All Saints Day, where the Irish pilgrims had morning mass from the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica, followed by the Angelus in St Peter’s Square with Pope Francis who greeted the Irish JPII pilgrims from his balcony.  Roisin got the opportunity to make contact with young people from within her own Diocese, and nationally, who have also been involved in the Award. Hopefully her enthusiasm and commitment will continue to inspire others to get involved in the faith life of the school and parish. Ms Fitzgerald and Roisín wish to thank Mr Paul Thornton (Principal) and Fr Andy Leahy PP for their support and encouragement. Thanks also to Catriona Kelly for her help coordinating with the doicese.

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