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 2017 celebration brought together people from the entire FMS community–members of the board, returned missioners, lay and religious Franciscans, longtime supporters and friends–to celebrate our Franciscan tradition. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, wine, a silent auction, live music, and dynamic speakers. It is Franciscan Mission Service’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with funds going to direct support of our ministries.

Last year, the spotlight was on three women whose lives have exemplified the Franciscan charism by bringing educational opportunities to rural Bolivia. Sr. Damon Nolan, MFIC, Sr. Chris Cullen, MFIC, and Sr. Jean Morrissey, MFIC. shared what their years of service at the Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa meant to them.

Left to right: Sr. Damon Nolan, MFIC, Sr. Jean Morrissey, MFIC, and Sr. Chris Cullen, MFIC; Mary Grace Donohoe; Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF; and Fr. Tom Washburn, OFM

In addition, 2017 San Damiano Award winner Mary Grace Donohoe delivered a moving speech about her past service and plans for the future. Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, president emeritus of St. Bonaventure University, spoke about the special challenges and responsibilities Franciscan educators and scholars face, and the event closed with a warm farewell from Fr. Tom Washburn, OFM, chair of the Board of Directors. 

 View highlights from the 2017 World Care Benefit

There is always a special energy in the room at a gathering under the auspices of St. Francis and St. Clare. Get a taste of the spirit from our special evening from the Event Highlights videos.

2017 – Keynote by Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF. Award recipients were Sr. Damon Nolan, MFIC, Sr. Chris Cullen, MFIC, and Sr. Jean Morrissey, MFIC.

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


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