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