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Thank you to everyone who join us for the 21st annual World Care Benefit and Celebration at 7 p.m. on March 16 at St. Francis Hall.

FMS was privileged to have Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, give the invocation. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, gave keynote, “The Mission of St. Francis is still the Road to Peace". During the night FMS also honored the Ambassador and Dr. Melady with the seventh annual Anselm Moons, OFM, Award for their contributions to foreign policy and higher education.


Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
American Balalaika Symphony/ Terri Lukach
Doris Brunot
Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint
Katherine Corigliano
Martin Day, OFM Conv.
Father Vincent of Missionaries of the Holy Apostles
Barbara Fried, SMIC
Katerina Souvorova/ Bel Cantanti Opera
Tom Lorch

John and Evelyn Mercantini
Jill Staudt
Patty Staudt
Peggy Jones
Mary Petrosky, FMM
Rappahannock Cellars
Riehle Family
Russ Testa
Salvadoran Enterprises for Women
Siberian Soap Company/ Ann Staudt

Doug Garofalo
Emily Ward
Jill Staudt
Kate Schaeffer
Katherine Moone
Katie Mulembe
Kelvin Mulembe
Kevin Somok
Peter Nicewicz
Rachel Nadelman
Susan Zagar

Deacon Tom Bello, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order in the U.S.

Sr. Barbara Fried, SMIC
Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception

Fr. John A. Pavlik, OFM Cap.
The Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Ms. Susan Burke, SFO
St. Margaret of Cortona Region

Fr. James Gardiner, SA
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

Mr. Michael F. Rodgers
Catholic Health Association of the United States

Ms. Marie Dennis Pax
Christi International

Ms. Evelyn Mercantini
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church

Ms. Mary Thuman, SFO
St. Margaret of Cortona Region


Fr. Jeremy Harrington, OFM
Commissary and Guardian of the Franciscan
Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington D.C.



Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D.
Archbishop Emeritus of Washington

Cardinal McCarrick has traveled the world as a human rights advocate, surveying humanitarian needs and bringing prayers and financial support to people in areas affected by natural disasters. During his five years as Archbishop of Washington, he emphasized education, vocations and ministering to the needs of new immigrants, particularly in the Latino community. In 2006, the friars of Holy Name Province affiliated Cardinal McCarrick as an honorary member of the Order of Friars Minor because of his commitment to Christian unity, peace and justice.

Ambassador Thomas P. Melady
& Dr. Margaret Badum Melady

Recipients of the seventh annual Anselm Moons, OFM, Award

The Meladys exemplify FMS’ mission through their lifelong commitment to building bridges of peace and reconciliation between cultures, races and governments. We especially recognize their ambassadorial service to Burundi, Uganda and the Holy See. Prolific writers and scholars, they recently coauthored Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa, which introduces readers to African independence leaders whom the Meladys met during their service on the continent.

Franciscan Mission Service
P.O. Box 29034
Washington, DC 20017-0034

T: 202-832-1762 | F: 202-832-1778