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.

2015 Bishop Joseph A. Francis Award

April 16, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Holeman Lounge
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Corporate Recipient: Southwest Airlines
Nonprofit Recipient: Dog Tag, Inc.
Alumni Recipient: Dr. Anne Charbonneau Cardile, M.D.


To join us at the 2015 Bishop Francis Award, please email Alyssa Sickle, Coordinator of Membership & Development at Ticket prices are $50 each and may be paid at the door, but advance RSVP is requested.

New Alumni Award!

This year, Catholic Volunteer Network will bestow the first ever Bishop Francis Award on a former volunteer who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service to the Washington, D.C. area. Our recipient is Dr. Anne Charbonneau Cardile. Dr. Cardile served as an Apostolic Volunteer (now Dominican Volunteers USA) at Christ House in Washington, D.C. from 1996-97. She is currently the Medical Director of Unity Health Care’s Community for Creative Nonviolence Clinic.

Interested in sponsoring the event?

Download the Sponsorship Opportunities sheet here or email Larissa Dalton Stephanoff at for additional information.


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:

  • 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


Click here to read about the 2014 Bishop Francis Award