Basilica Announces 2012 Charity & Social Service Honorees
Washington, D.C. - February 21, 2012 - The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce the honorees of its 2011-2012 Charity and Social Service Honors program (in alphabetical order according to diocese):
- Archdiocese of Atlanta: Miss Alexandra Lee Smith
- Diocese of Bridgeport: Saint Catherine Academy
- Diocese of Erie: Elk County Catholic High School/ECHO (Elk Catholic Helping Others)
- Diocese of Rockford: Aquin Senior High School - INTERACT
- Diocese of Trenton: Red Bank Catholic High School
(Presentations of the honorees may be viewed at www.nationalshrine.com/honorsprogram)
Honorees (or, in the case of a group, a representative of the honoree group) will receive a weekend trip to Washington, DC, April 13-15, 2012, as a gift of the Basilica, and will be awarded the Charity and Social Service Honors medal during the Basilica's Solemn Mass at 12 noon on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15, 2012. Details of the honoree weekend will be forthcoming.
Held biennially, the Charity & Social Service Honors program was established by the Basilica during the 2009 Jubilee Year, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the National Shrine's dedication, 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 Basilica will host its next Charity & Social Service Honors program during the 2014-2015 academic year.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Director of Communications
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017