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Trócaire Romero Award

The Trócaire Romero Award highlights the efforts of people in Ireland and across the world to raise awareness of human rights violations and support people who are experiencing hardship.

The Trócaire Romero awards were launched in October 2017, and will be presented in August 2018 as part of the World Meeting of Families celebration.

Three Award Categories

Family Award

Who is this award for?

This award will provide you and your family with an avenue to learn about the lives of other families around the world where Trócaire works. You will learn about their daily lives, the issues that they face and share in their hopes and dreams for the future.

The ‘Trócaire Romero Family Award’ aims to compliment the ‘Amoris’ preparation programme for the World Meeting of Families.

Each participating family will receive a certificate and a solidarity gift from a country where Trócaire works. They will also be invited to an awards ceremony that coincides with the celebrations at the World Meeting of Families gathering in Dublin next August 2018, as well as being entered into a draw to win an eco-friendly ‘Green Family trip’ to the Slieve Aughty Centre, Co. Galway.

Registration for this award is now closed. However, if you have already registered, you have until Thursday 31st May 2018 (Feast of Corpus Christi) to return your entries. 

What is a Family?

“There is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems.” (Pope Francis)

How do we return our entries?​

  • Submit your family workbook via post to Trócaire, Church Team, Trócaire, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
  • Receive a certificate and solidarity gift for your family.

Watch this video to learn how to use the Family Journal:

Download the Family Award poster to publicise the Trócaire Romero Award in your parish.

Schools and Youth Award

Just as Blessed Óscar Romero used the radio to raise awareness of injustices in El Salvador, we encourage young people (4-19 year olds) to examine effective forms of communication to raise awareness on a global justice issue linked to Trócaire’s work. 

This could involve producing a podcast, making a video, creative use of social media, editing a newsletter or any other innovative use of communications tools to highlight issues of global justice.

All entries will receive a certificate of participation, while the most innovative and inspiring entries will win prizes for their school/youth group.  Entries can be submitted from schools, classes or youth groups. We also welcome individual entries as we love to see young people taking the initiative to inspire and bring about change.

The closing date for entries is April 27th 2018. You can email [email protected] for further details. 

International Award

Around the world, Trócaire works with over 400 local organisations who work tirelessly, and often at great personal risk, to support communities facing threats. This award is given in recognition of outstanding work carried out by one of these partner organisations.

It is with great honour that the inaugural award will be presented to Sister Bridget Tighe of Caritas Jerusalem and the Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Motherhood in Ballinasloe, Co Galway on Saturday, August 18.  

Until very recently, Sr Bridget had been living in the Gaza Strip and working as the head of the Caritas Jerusalem medical centre for Gaza.  Earlier this year she was asked to take on the role of General Director with Caritas Jerusalem and is since based in Jerusalem.
We are presenting Sr Bridget with the Trócaire Romero International Award as a testimony to the years she has spent living and working among Jordanians and Palestinians, and especially now among the suffering people in Gaza.   

More information

For more information on any of the three awards, please email [email protected].

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