WASHINGTON, DC—The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in the United States and one of the ten largest churches in the world, is pleased to announce BT senior Miss Annie Dempsey of Kennesaw, Georgia, as a 2016 Charity and Social Service Honoree. Miss Dempsey is one of five honorees from across the country to be recognized for outstanding works of charity and social service.
Miss Dempsey distinguished herself by founding and directing the Georgia chapter of Miss Amazing, a pageant program for girls and women with disabilities that allows participants to build confidence and show off their talents in a supportive environment. As an honoree, Miss Dempsey was awarded a trip to Washington, DC, March 11 through 13. On March 12, during a special Mass celebrated in the Basilica’s Great Upper Church, Miss Dempsey was presented with the Charity & Social Service Honors Medal by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, and Chairman of the National Shrine’s Board of Trustees.
Established by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2009, the Charity & Social Service Honors Program endeavors to encourage and honor our nation’s youth in their works of corporal and spiritual mercy. The biennial program invites each diocese from across the United States to submit a video nomination of a student or student group engaged in charity and social service. From these nationwide nominations, five honorees are selected for their various outstanding works of mercy.
The 2016 honors program was dedicated to the papacy of Pope Francis in celebration of his pastoral mission and his recent visit to the Basilica on September 23, 2015.