Youth Initiatives

Schools Public Speaking Competition 2020

The Clonfert Diocese’s Schools (Post-Primary) Public Speaking Competition took place on Tuesday February 4th from 7.30 to 10 pm in St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea.

Open to all, it proved to be a very engaging and entertaining event.

The competition also served as a heat for the prestigious Knights of St. Columbanus’ All Ireland Schools Public Speaking Competition.

The Joint Winners were St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea and Portumna Community School.

John Coughlan, Ballinasloe Credit Union (Co-sponsor of this competition), St. Raphael’s Team Members and Bishop Michael Duignan.
Portumna Community College Team and Bishop Michael Duignan

For more information please contact Marie Burke, Clonfert Pastoral Ministry Co-ordinator, @ marieburkeclonfert@gmail.com or 087 2048683.

Pope John Paul Awards Night 2020

The Clonfert Diocese’s Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 21st January in The Meadowcourt Hotel, Loughrea.

Thirty-six second level students received awards, and were celebrated by over a hundred and fifty family members, friends and parish and school representatives.

Interested students can still register for this Awards scheme (see details below). For more information please contact Marie Burke, Clonfert Pastoral Ministry Co-ordinator, @ marieburkeclonfert@gmail.com or 087 2048683.

John Paul II Awards
Pope John Paul II

The awards are designed for 16 to 18 year old’s living or going to school in participating dioceses. They seek to enable teenagers and young adults to become more actively involved in the life of their parish and community.

They aim to support them appreciate that Religion is not just for learning or reducible to a list of rules designed to limit a young adult’s freedom.
It is hoped that through being active in church and community they will experience the contentment and fulfilment that comes from serving others, especially those in great need.

More information available here.

Unfortunately a number of youth related initiatives have been postponed owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. We look forward to sharing details of these and other initiatives when they are re-activated / brought to our attention.

Updated: 5th September 2020.