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
May 18, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, Brookland / 625 Monroe ST NE / Washington, DC 20017

This event will bring together current and former volunteers, as well as CVN supporters from across the Washington, D.C. metro area for an evening of celebration, great food, and new friends! We will also honor a former volunteer as new recipient of our annual Bishop Francis Award for outstanding service to the Washington, D.C. community. Food and drinks will be provided. Family and friends are also welcome!

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.  


Space is limited, so RSVP today!  Ticket prices are $25 each  ($15 for current volunteers)
Proceeds from this event will support Catholic Volunteer Network's mission to foster faith-based service across the U.S. and abroad. 

Eventbrite - A Celebration of Service - Honoring CVN Alumni

Event Sponsors:

Platinum Level:

Catholic Home Missions, USCCB

Stradley Ronon

Gold Level:

Echo: Faith Formation Leadership Program

Silver Level:

Perisphere Media


Interested in sponsoring the event?

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Questions? Please email Alyssa Sickle at


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