Pope's Award for inspirational student nurse

Ryan O'Neill receives the Pope Francis Award from Cardinal Nichols

Ryan O’Neill from Merthyr Tydfil will be tracing the steps of Pope Francis in South America, having won the Pope Francis Young People Award. Ryan, a psychiatric nursing student who works in his free time supporting and inspiring other young people, was selecting from hundreds of young people nominated for the Awards which were hosted by Baroness Hollins in Leicester Square last week.

Hundreds of young people, youth workers and teachers, family and friends gathered to celebrate the inspirational lives of many young people from across England and Wales who are transforming lives in their local communities. They included a young family carer to a teenager who strives to promote peace by leading a campaign to eliminate bullying.

Commitment, drive and humility

“All the young people we met are living out the social teaching of the Church,” said Danny Curtin, co-founder of the Young People Award, an initiative of Million Minutes. “Their commitment and drive is infectious, mixed with real humility.”

The Pope Francis Award was presented to Ryan O’Neill by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster. Ryan will receive a personally tailored study tour to South America, which will take in the Iguazu Falls (as seen in the film The Mission) on the Argentina/Brazil Border and will include a visit to the great Jesuit Mission stations nearby.