The Board of Advisors for Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center are pleased to announce that a local service organization, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) will be the 2017 recipient of the Franciscan International Award. The Award will be presented at the Franciscan International Award Dinner on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake. In its Mission Statement, VEAP describes itself as “Neighbors serving neighbors in need.” VEAP focuses on four program areas: Access to healthy foods – in 2016 VEAP distributed 3.4 million pounds of food, 52% of which was fresh produce. Access to social services – VEAP social workers use a holistic lens and create a space of hope to support families from crisis to stability. In 2016, VEAP used $167,000 to support housing, utilities and car repairs for clients. Access to transportation – volunteers provide transportation for low-income seniors mostly to medical appointments and rides home from VEAP’s food pantry. In 2016, volunteer drivers provided 8,707 rides for low-income seniors and 4,116 rides home from the food pantry. Access to resources for children and youth – VEAP’s children and youth resources are designed to support positive childhood memories. Parents have access to kid-friendly food, school supplies, gifts, birthday and baby bags, during times when they are faced with financial instability.
Thursday, May 11, 20176:00 pm - Gathering with social hour 7:00 pm - Dinner Presentation of award following dinner
The Wilds Golf Club, 3151 Wilds Parkway Northwest, Prior Lake, MN 55372
$60 Individual (1 person)$150 Sponsor (2 persons)$250 Patron (2 persons)$500 Benefactor (2 persons)
Since 1959, The Franciscan International Award has honored men, women
and organizations who symbolize the spirit and the apostolic zeal of St.
Francis of Assisi. Previous recipients of the award include: Dr. Billy
Graham for True Ecumenism (1972); Dr. Mildred Jefferson, M.D. - as a
leader in the Pro-Life Movement (1978); Habitat for Humanity - for
making available housing for the poor (1999); Sister Helen Prejean - for
being an advocate for those on death row, their victims, their
families, and the families of their victims (2003) and Fran Heitzman,
the founder of Bridging for helping families to furnish homes with hope
(2014) and last year, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, for believing in a home for everyone. For 59 years the Franciscan International Award Dinner has been an opportunity for retreatants and friends of the retreat house to gather together and support the ministry of the Retreat House, as well as honoring a person or an organization who embodies the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi..
Each year the Order of Friars Minor Conventual presents an award to an individual or to an organization which is committed to serving the Ideals of Christ, especially as they were proclaimed by St. Francis of Assisi. This Franciscan International Award is presented yearly by the Conventual Franciscans on behalf of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, Minnesota.The Franciscan Order was founded in 1209 as an Order within the Roman Catholic Church by St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis had many devoted friends and benefactors among the inhabitants of his native Italy. Many of these were especially honored by being awarded honorary membership with the Franciscan Order. So, from the very beginning of the Order, individuals who served others in an outstanding way were given a "Franciscan Award" for their acts of charity. That custom endures to the present day and was the basis for reestablishing the Franciscan International Award In 1959.
1959 Mr. and Mrs. I.A. O'Shaughnessy -- Family Life1960 Archbishop William Brady – Journalism1961 Mr. Lawrence Welk - Family Entertainment1962 Mr. Charles Kellstad - Business1963 Dr. Finn J. Larsen - Science1964 Dr. Charles W. Mayo - Medicine1965 Mr. Ara Parseghian - Athletics1966 Mr. F.K. Weyerhaueser - Conservation1967 Alcoholics Anonymous - Social Service1968 Mr. James T. Griffin - Promoting Ideals Among Youth1969 Mr. George Harris - Promoting Civic Welfare1970 Baroness Catherine DeHueck Doherty - Womanly Virtue1971 Mr. Harry Reasoner - Communications1972 Dr. Billy Graham - True Ecumenism1973 Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Wilke - Pro-Life Movement1974 Governor Patrick C. Lucey - Criminal Justice Reform1975 Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rigert - Interracial Justice1976 Dr. B.F. Pearson, M.D. - Healing Ministry1977 Mr. Francis MacNutt - Spiritual Healing1978 Dr. Mildred Jefferson, M.D. - Pro-Life Movement1979 Fr. Bruce Ritter, O.F.M. Conv. - Youth Ministry1980 Mr. John E. McCarthy - Work in Refugee Affairs1981 Fr. William B. Wasson - Work with Orphaned and Disabled Children1982 Lorand and Anna Andahazy - Classical Arts1983 Fr. Urban Wagner, O.F.M. Conv. - Founder of Franciscan Retreats1984 Gerald and Patricia Mische - Global Awareness Education1985 John Michael Talbot - Contemporary Christian Music1986 Wilko B. Schoenbohm - Service to the Disabled1987 Sesame Street Staff - Excellence in the Education of Children1988 Sister M. Giovanni, SSND - Work with Today's Youth1989 Rabbi Max A. Shapiro - Work in Jewish-Christian Dialogue1990 Loaves and Fishes Too - Feeding the Hungry1991 Madonna Kerber - Volunteer Work with Prisoners and the Disadvantaged1992 Father Kenneth J. Roberts - Catholic Priest\Evangelist1993 Sisters of St. Clare - Dedicated Lives of Prayer and Contemplative Living1994 Carolina Mata-Woodruff - Advocacy for Migrant Workers1995 Rainbows for all God's Children - Healing for Those Who Grieve1996 Archbishop John Roach - Outstanding Church Leadership1997 Marty Haugen - Composer of Liturgical Music1998 National Evangelization Teams - Catholic Youth Ministry1999 Habitat for Humanity - Housing for the Poor2000 Mary Jo Copeland of "Sharing and Caring Hands" for mobilizing help to the poor. 2001 Janet Krocheski -- For Leadership for Life. 2002 Friars Regis Armstrong, Bill Short, and Wayne Hellmann, for Franciscan Scholarship2003 Sister Helen Prejean -- Advocate for those on Death Row, their victims, their families, and the families of their victims.2004 Jacob Wetterling Foundation -- for promoting and protecting the integrity of children.2005 Camp Heartland -- for providing summer recreation to children with HIV/AIDS2006 Worldwide Marriage Encounter -- for supporting and celebrating Marriage2007 The Knights of Columbus -- for service to one and all.2008 Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, DD, for Servant Leadership 2009 The Cristo Rey Network, transforming Urban America One Student at a Time2010 Fr. Juniper Cummings, OFM Conv. for Building and Rebuilding the Church 2011 CaringBridge2012 Fr. Michael Joncas, for contributions to the liturgy and sacred music2013 Gina Tupy, for inspiring, evangelizing and motivating our young people 2014 Fran Heitzman, founder of Bridging, the largest non-profit furniture bank in North America2015 Feed My Starving Children2016 Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative