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.

2014 Bishop Joseph A. Francis Award

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 6th Annual Bishop Francis Award: WGL/Washington Gas. The leadership at WGL believes citizenship is not just residing or doing business in the communities they serve, but being active members and contributing to the well-being of everyone. Year-round, Washington Gas employees dedicate thousands of volunteer hours through company-sponsored projects that focus on health, education, and the environment. The company also has an extensive charitable giving program, supporting non-profit organizations working in education, environment, and health.

Join us for the 2014 Bishop Francis Award Ceremony

Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045
Featuring keynote speaker Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, author, and political analyst.
Tickets: $50 per person; $350 for a table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities available.
Please R.S.V.P. by March 24 to Alyssa Sickle, Coordinator of Membership & Development, at


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:

  • 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


Click here to read about the 2013 Bishop Francis Award


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