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.
Now accepting nominations for the 2018 Bishop Francis Award - honoring a former volunteer in the Baltimore area!
Who is eligible?
- Successfully completed at least one term of service with a CVN member program.
- Demonstrated a sustained effort to share about the impact of his/her volunteer experience and increase awareness of faith-based service.
- An ongoing commitment to community service, advocacy, and/or ministry to the greater Baltimore area.
- A continued dedication to the four tenets of community, spiritual growth, social justice and simple living.
Who can nominate?
How can I nominate someone for this award?
2017 Honoree: Christine Dragonette
Past Award Recipients
Since 2007, the Bishop Francis Award has honored those who have shown a great commitment to volunteerism. Our award recipients include:
- Catherine Crum
- Dr. Anne Charbonneau Cardile, M.D.
- Southwest Airlines
- Dog Tag, Inc.
- WGL/Washington Gas
- Stradley, Ronon, Stevens, & Young, LLP
- 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