The Ville-Marie Award
In 1642, two young people brimming with faith and missionary zeal, arrived on the island and founded Ville-Marie in honour of the Virgin Mary. We focus on this heroic past to give thanks to the Lord, not only for the city’s beginnings but for its entire history up to now.
Many of us are able to be witnesses of God’s wonders through the exceptional individuals within our parishes, movements and communities. This is the reason why, the Mission Jeunesse – Youth Ministry coordination team would like to highlight the generosity of these disciples and apostles of Jesus-Christ who, often working behind the scenes, inspire us through their commitment and fidelity to Youth Ministry, and remind us of our real vocation as Christians on Earth: “You are salt for the earth […] You are light for the world.” Mt 5:13-15
Just as the founders of Montreal, through their faithfulness, service, and leadership nurtured a burgeoning community through its difficult beginnings to be a sign of Christ to the world, we would like for these witnesses of Jesus Christ to shine. They uphold the Gospel and show us all that “Living, Loving and Serving joyfully” is not only reserved for the few but for all of us!
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
A YOUNG PERSON (13-35 YRS)
A young person whose zeal in the mission is remarkable in a parish/movement/community of the Archdiocese of Montreal. He / She takes initiative in projects that have helped revitalize the Christian life of young people of the community. He/She has been inspired by the joy of the Risen One and never ceases to spread this joy through simple but original pastoral initiatives to share the Good News and touch hearts through the Word of God.
A YOUTH MINISTER
A Youth Minister of a parish/movement/community of the Archdiocese of Montreal whose charism and works in the community, group, movement or parish that they belong to is exceptionally remarkable. They work with young people, and are witnesses of Jesus Christ, through their actions, their presence and their accompaniment.
A NOMINATION FROM THE COMMUNITY
The MJ Ville-Marie Award seeks to encourage communities to join together in naming and celebrating exceptional individuals who share their gifts and talents at the service of young people.
Each nomination must be accompanied by a minimum of THREE references, including:
- One from the Pastor of the Parish, or Leader of the Community or Movement
- Two from active members of the Parish, Community or Movement
Please note that if a nominee is selected to receive the MJ Ville-Marie award, the awardee’s friends, family and community are encouraged to gather together to celebrate and witness the awardee’s reception of the MJ Ville-Marie Award at the Montreal World Youth Day 2017 Mass on Saturday, April 8th 2017 at 5PM Mary-Queen of the World Cathedral.
HOW TO NOMINATE?
1. Consult the community and pray about the person(s) that you would like to nominate.
2. Fill out the Reference Form
Have it filled out by the community leader (Parish Pastor, or Community/Movement Leader) & 2 active members of the community.
Have it ready to be uploaded to the online MJ VILLE MARIE NOMINATION FORM.
OFFICIAL DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: MARCH 8th 2017
- Please note that each nomination and all three references will be carefully reviewed by the Mission Jeunesse-Youth Ministry coordination team of the Catholic Church of Montreal.
- Approximately two weeks before Montreal World Youth Day 2017, the Mission Jeunesse-Youth Ministry coordination team will inform those who sent in the nomination form if it has been accepted or declined.
- If the nomination is accepted, the awardee MUST be available to receive their award in person at the Diocesan Celebration of World Youth Day:
DATE : SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH 2017 AT 5PM,
AT THE WORLD YOUTH DAY 2017
EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION
LOCATION : MARY-QUEEN OF THE WORLD CATHEDRAL
***Please note that the submission of a nomination does not guarantee the reception of the MJ Ville-Marie Award. The Mission Jeunesse-Youth Ministry team will review and verify all nominations and all three references, and reserves the right to decline nominations if they do not comply with the necessary conditions.