Over the years, the World Care Benefit and Celebration has become an anticipated spring gathering for social justice-minded Catholics which draws both those who are solidly committed as well as those seeking to deepen their understanding of these values.

The evening typically includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, a silent auction, live music, and dynamic speakers. It is Franciscan Mission Service’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and your support directly supports our ministries.

The next event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at St. Francis Hall (1340 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC).

Attend our 2017 event 

If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation so that a young adult or religious may attend in your place. 

Photos of the 25th Franciscan Mission Service World Care benefit and celebration at the Franciscan Monastery Social Hall in Washington, DC May 1st 2015

Past Events by Year

See photos and videos of the keynotes and award speeches:

2016 – Keynote by John Carr and award presented to Fr. Larry Snyder and Brandon Turner (St. John’s University).

2015 – Keynote by papal adviser Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB and awards presented to Fr. John O’Connor, OFM and Emma Laut (Marian University)

2014 – Keynote by Fr. Dan Horan, OFM and award presented to Jack Jezreel of JustFaith Ministries

2013 – Keynote by Melinda Henneberger and award presented to Sr. Pat Farrell, OFS

2012 – Keynote by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and award presented to Ambassador Thomas P. Melady and Dr. Margaret Melady

2010 – Keynote by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM and awards presented to Sr. Barbara Fried, SMIC and Fr. George Corrigan, OFM


Learn more about the awards we present during the evening:

Fr. Anselm Moons, OFM Award

San Damiano Servant Leadership Award


Opportunities for Sponsorship, Advertising, and In-Kind Donations

Please contact us if you are interested in supporting our event. Get your name in front of our attendees as well as our network of supporters.