Recognising contribution of young people

Students and young people from across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are often engaged in activities that allow them to live out their faith in real and practical ways. From supporting music ministry to engaging with communities through social justice initiatives, attending youth days or helping out within their parish, students and young people have made extraordinary contributions to the life of the diocese.

Bishop Bill Wright generously supports The Bishop’s Award as a means of identifying, recognising and encouraging the efforts of young people who have contributed to the community through their parish, church group or church agency. This may include involvement in groups previously mentioned or agencies such as Caritas, Youth Ministries, St Vincent de Paul, Mini Vinnies or similar church groups. It may also include contributions within parishes, for example, Liturgy and Youth Ministries.

Bishop Bill, together with the Catholic Schools Office and the Federation of P & F Associations, views this award as an exciting opportunity to acknowledge the involvement of young people in parish life, strengthening the links between parish communities, schools and the broader community.

The Bishop’s Award invites applications in the following categories:

  1. Catholic School Student’s Award for students in Years 7-11 enrolled in Catholic secondary schools within the diocese.
  2. Catholic Student’s Award for students in Years 7-11 enrolled in any public or independent school or home schooled.
  3. Catholic Young People’s Award for young people from Year 12 – age 25.

Kolivette Va, a student at San Clemente High School, Mayfield, and a recipient of the Bishop’s Award in 2016, reflected on his achievement recently. “It was an honour to receive the Bishop’s Award in 2016. Faith is a big part of my life and the lives of my family. I am very grateful for the opportunities I am given to contribute to my local parish and school community. I would encourage others to explore ways to connect with God and proudly display their faith.”

Application forms and information can be downloaded here. To learn more, please email Cath Garrett-Jones.

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Cath Garrett-Jones

Cath is the Professional Officer (Parent Liaison & Resources) with the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese Schools Office.

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