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Charity & Social Service Honors

The National Shrine is excited to announce the 2014 Charity and Social Service Honorees.

  • Immaculata High School, Diocese of Metuchen
  • Immaculata-LaSalle High School, Archdiocese of Miami
  • Elizabeth Panagopoulos, Diocese of Venice (Florida)
  • St. Benedict at Auburndale High School, Diocese of Memphis
  • St. Joseph by the Sea High School, Archdiocese of New York.

Their videos can be seen online, congratulations to this year's honorees!

The Charity and Social Service Honors Program is a biennial honors program that was established by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2009 to honor “charity in action” as urged by Pope Benedict XVI to the youth of our nation during his Apostolic Visit to the United States in April 2008.

The National Shrine invites each Diocesan Bishop in the United States to submit a Student-Produced video nomination on behalf of his Diocese of a Senior High School (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) student or group engaged in charity in action as demonstrated by their outstanding works of corporal and spiritual mercy. The deadline for each Diocese to submit a nomination to the National Shrine is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Each honoree (or in the case of a group, an honoree representative) will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored in person at the Basilica on March 29, 2014. Washington, D.C. (Please note the change in date because of the Canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII scheduled for the original date, Sunday April 27.)

About the Basilica

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.

Dedicated to the patroness of the United States—the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica is the nation's preeminent Marian shrine. It is designated as a national sanctuary of prayer and pilgrimage by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In addition to its Great Upper Church and Crypt Church, the Basilica houses over 70 chapels and oratories, and the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world.

The Basilica receives nearly one million visitors annually and has been visited by Pope Benedict XVI and the late Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa, among others.

Open 365 days a year, the Basilica offers daily Masses, confessions and guided tours, as well as a gift shop, bookstore and cafeteria. All are welcome.

Jacquelyn Hayes
Director of Communications
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017
ph. 202.281.0615
fax 202.526.8313

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