Fr Paul Farren, a native of Clonmany in Co. Donegal, was ordained in 1997. He studies in St Patrick's College, Maynooth and in the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He served as a curate in Derry City from 1997 to 2004. In 2004 he was appointed Director of Religious Education in the Derry Diocese and the Director of the Catechetical Centre. He has been a vocations director in the diocese of Derry for the last 14 years. In 2006 he founded The Pope John Paul II award to help young people become more involved in their parish community.