At Sunday Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Palmerston North by Bishop Peter Cullinane and Parish Priest, Chris Martin Sm, Passionists Paul & Linda Darbyshire and Norma Bellamy were presented with the Cardinal Delargy Award for their work with Passionist Youth.

This award, in honour of the late Cardinal Delarygy is presented to 3 people every 2nd year. Bishop Peter spoke of the ‘passion’ Cardinal Delargy had for lay ministry and described him as a ‘marvellous man’, ‘ahead of his time’ in his thinking. He is remembered fondly for his work with the young people of the Catholic Youth Movement

Fr Chris spoke of the vocation to working with youth and how Paul Linda and

Norma had ‘lived this’ over the past 12 years


The wording on each of these awards is

“Presented in recognition of your contribution to the pastoral care and faith formation of young people”

Archbishop John Dew, President, Catholic Bishops Conference”





Paul & Linda, Bishop Peter, Norma Fr Chris