Saint Pio Foundation to Hold First Saint Pio Award Ceremony

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio to deliver welcoming remarks

sanpio_foundation_logo_TESTWASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio,J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will deliver welcoming remarks at the first-ever “Saint Pio Award Ceremony.” The Ceremony, presented by the Saint Pio Foundation, will take place at The Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, CEO of the Saint Pio Foundation, will also deliver a welcome to those attending.

The Saint Pio Award has been established to recognize the selfless and outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church of those individuals who have strongly committed to support the Saint Pio Foundation and its vision. Guests of honor and first recipient of the Saint Pio Award will be Tony and Emmy-winning actor, producer, writer, and director Joe Mantegna, famous worldwide for his role in the movieThe Godfather III, and currently starring in the hit CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. An additional recipient of the Saint Pio Award will be Mr. Franco Nuschese, owner of a famous Italian restaurant in Washington, D.C.,Cafe Milano, president of Georgetown Entertainment Group, member of the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute Board of Advisers, member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council, board member of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology, and of the Global Virus Network, and Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Order of Malta.

The Saint Pio Foundation is a non-profit national charity organization dedicated to the promotion of the spiritual charism of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), universally acclaimed as one of the most venerated contemporary saints of the Catholic Church. Saint Pio was born on May 25, 1887, and spent most of his life in the southern Italian city of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he founded what has become a world-renowned hospital and medical research center, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (“Home for the Relief of the Suffering”).

Archbishop Broglio said:

“The hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo is one of two directed by the Holy See. It cares for the poor in a depressed area of Italy and continues the known kindness of St. Padre Pio.”

The award ceremony will follow a cocktail reception.The event will include a brief classic and operatic performance. Ticket prices start at $250.

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