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Charity & Social Service Honors

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. In keeping with its tradition and history, the 2015-2016 honor is dedicated to the papacy of Pope Francis and in celebration of his pastoral mission and visit to the National Shrine on September 23, 2015. 

The National Shrine invites each Diocese to submit one Student-Produced video nomination 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, December 8, 2015, 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, DC, to be honored in person at the Basilica on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016.

The 2014 Charity and Social Service Honorees were:

  • 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!


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 Francis, 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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