Bishop's Award - apply now

Applications are now open to students and young people in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle for the 2018 Bishop’s Award.

The award recognises and encourages the efforts of young people within the Diocese who have contributed to the community through their parish, their church group or their church agency.

This may include involvement in groups or agencies such as Caritas, Youth Ministries, St Vincent de Paul, Mini Vinnies or similar church groups. This also includes contributions made within parishes e.g.: Liturgy and Youth Ministries.

Bishop Bill, the Catholic Schools Office and the Federation of P & F Associations view this award as an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of students and young people to strengthening the links between parish communities, schools and the broader community.

The Bishop's Award is open to students, Years 7-12 and Young People (who have completed Year 12 and are under 25 years of age). 

The Bishop's Award comprises four categories:

  • Students in Year 7 & 8
  • Students in Year 9 & 10
  • Students in Year 11 &12
  • Young People (those who have completed year 12 and are 25 years of age or less)

Each successful applicant will receive $1,000 which may contribute towards the applicant’s education or faith formation by assisting them to attend events such as World Youth Day, Diocesan Youth Retreat or music ministry.  Each successful applicant will also receive a Certificate of Recognition from Bishop Bill.

There is a maximum award pool of $10,000 for the 2018 awards.

Applicants must live within the Diocese and belong to a parish within the Diocese.

Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their parent(s), carer or a member of their community.

In the case of a student/young person being nominated by a member of his/her community, the nominator must seek the consent of the parent(s), (if the student is under 18 years of age) and Student/young person prior to nominating.

Applications close on 8 February 2019 and notification of successful applicants will occur early in Term One.

Applications can be downloaded here.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Cath Garrett-Jones

Cath Garrett-Jones Image
Cath Garrett-Jones

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