The National Catholic Youth Ministry Award Scheme – the Delargey Awards – are sponsored by the National Council for Young Catholics (NCYC). NCYC is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference Agency for Young Catholics.
The awards recognise significant and outstanding contributions made in the field of Catholic youth ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand and are named in honour of Cardinal Delargey.
The aims of the awards are:
• To provide recognition for ministry workers and supporters of ministry with young people in New Zealand
• To educate the community about ministry with young people
• To raise the profile of Catholic ministry with young people in New Zealand
• To recognise the place of long-term involvement in Catholic ministry with young people
The awards are presented biannually at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM). The inaugural award ceremony took place at NCCYM 2004 held in Palmerston North.
The inaugural recipients of the Award in 2004 were
• Gil Price, Diocese of Auckland, for her contribution to Youth Ministry at the local level, especially in the field of advocacy
• Kevin and Helen Plant, Archdiocese of Wellington, for their contribution to youth ministry at the diocesan level, especially in the field of leadership development
• Fr Peter Fahy, Diocese of Palmerston North, for his contribution to youth ministry at the national level, especially in the field of community life
The next awards ceremony will take place this November at NCCYM 2006 in Christchurch.
To nominate someone for an award call Chris on 04 496 1336 or visit www.ncyc.org.nz to download a nomination form. Nominations for 2006 close on Friday 28 July.