Bishop Francis Award

About the Award

Catholic Volunteer Network bestows the Bishop Joseph A. Francis Award on individuals or groups that have demonstrated exemplary service to their local communities.

Most Reverend Joseph A. Francis, S.V.D. served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. He was the Episcopal Advisor for Catholic Volunteer Network from 1976 until his death in 1997. His wisdom and guidance helped the organization grow from a diocesan project in Newark to a national membership organization and resource center for faith-based volunteer programs.

As Bishop Francis gave so much of himself to the Church, society and Catholic Volunteer Network, the individuals and organizations that are honored in his name will likewise have made great strides in bettering the world around them.

Bishop Joseph A. Francis Award
Honoring outstanding service to the Washington, D.C. community

2016 Honoree: Catherine Crum, LICSW, MPA

Executive Director of Miriam's Kitchen and Former Jesuit Volunteer
About Catherine Crum:
Catherine channeled her commitment to social justice and service at an early age. Her year as a Jesuit Volunteer Corps member in Portland, Maine in 1989-1990 launched a lifetime of public service and mentorship. In 2003, Catherine brought her knowledge and skills of social work to grow Miriam's Kitchen's case management program. Under her leadership as Executive Director, she has helped transform the agency into an innovative leader in ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC.  

Event Sponsors:

Platinum Level:

Catholic Home Missions, USCCB

Stradley Ronon

Gold Level:

Echo: Faith Formation Leadership Program

Silver Level:

Perisphere Media


Interested in sponsoring our annual Bishop Francis Award event?

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Past Award Recipients

Since 2007, the Bishop Francis Award has honored those who have shown a great commitment to volunteerism, notably those serving in the Washington, D.C. area. Our award recipients include:

  • Dr. Anne Charbonneau Cardile, M.D.
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Dog Tag, Inc.
  • WGL/Washington Gas
  • Stradley, Ronon, Stevens, & Young, LLP
  • Comcast
  • BB&T Bank
  • The Knights of Columbus State Councils of Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Catholic Business Network of Prince George's County, Maryland