Tipperary schoolgirl wins competition to design vestments for Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland

Tipperary schoolgirl wins competition to design vestments for Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland

Jane with her award winning design for vestments for Pope Francis.

World Missions Ireland, Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission, have announced the winner of their nationwide competition to design a set of vestments for Pope Francis.

The winner is schoolgirl Jane Boland, aged 11, from 5th Class in Carrig National School, Ballycommon, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Wishing to give Pope Francis something very special to commemorate his time in Ireland, the charity invited over 3,000 Irish Catholic schools to enter their ‘Pope Francis Competition’. With a massive response of over 4,500 individual entries, the charity had a tough time picking the winner. 

Julieann Moran, from World Missions Ireland said, ‘we were knocked off our feet by the number of entries, and totally blown away by the standard! However, Jane’s design really jumped out. It depicts so much that’s positive and important in our ever changing world – creativity, community, embracing different cultures, nature, and technology – to name but a few.  We can all learn something wonderful from the children who entered – they care about those less fortunate. They care about their family, about their friends. They care about their communities and their Churches. They care about their planet. In fact, we’d love to see all the entries being made into real vestments to be worn by our priests celebrating Mass. It would certainly bring much colourful conversations, and endless joy!’

Jane’s winning entry will now be sent to tailors in Rome, who’ll recreate it into a life-sized garment. The charity will gift the vestments to his Holiness when he attends for the World Meeting of Families in August. World Missions Ireland will also display a replica of the winning vestment at their stall, number 23 & 24, during the World Meeting of Families in the RDS from the 22nd – 24th August.