The first results which have been emerging from a pilot scheme for the Pope Francis Faith Award are “hugely encouraging”, reports Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service. “Through the hard work of teachers, and with the support of parish priests, parishioners and parents, young people are being encouraged to show signs of love in their lives,” reports Mr McGrath.
Across Primary 6 & 7, pupils have been encouraged to make real in their lives what they are learning about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in their schools, homes and parish communities.” As the first phase concluded with 952 young people having achieved the award, already more than twice that number are on track to complete the award in session 2015-16. Beyond that, all primary schools have been invited to enrol pupils to complete the award bettwen September 2015 ad June 2017.
“The Holy Spirit, through the example being given by Pope Francis, has been the inspiration of the Pope Franics Faith Award,” comments Michael McGrath. “We can only respond by dedicating our own talents and energies to His mission.”