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Caritas Society

About the Caritas Society

A non-profit community membership organization, Caritas Society of St. John’s College, Inc. has two purposes:

  • To support St. John’s by raising and donating need-based financial aid to students.
  • To promote enduring relationships between St. John’s and the larger Annapolis community.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the activities of Caritas. More than 200 people from the Annapolis region and the college are Caritas members.

Membership and Other Information

Through fundraising, the Caritas Society is able to award eight to ten financial aid grants each year to students whose financial resources are inadequate and are under threat of having to withdraw from school. Caritas also supports St. John’s in other arenas:

  • An annual need-based scholarship through the St. John’s College Endowment Fund
  • Five book grants each year from the Weigle Great Books Fund to cover the cost of required books
  • Several $50 memorial donations to the Greenfield Library each year
  • A prize presented at graduation for outstanding service to the Annapolis community by a St. John’s senior.
Membership Dues

Caritas offers members a variety of social, instructive, and entertaining programs and events that promote community relationships. Interests are shared with a network of friends who support St. John’s and its distinctive liberal arts program. Members are also encouraged to take advantage of the many educational and cultural opportunities St. John’s offers to the community.

Make a donation to the Caritas Society of St. John’s College, Annapolis. 


Make a donation to the Caritas Society Weigle Book Fund.

Upcoming Events and Fundraisers

Send checks payable to Caritas Society, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. For information, call 410-972-4505 or e-mail.

Luncheon Meeting and Program

October 20, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn more about Shakespeares life and times with award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar Mary Ann Jung. In character as Good Queen Bess, she will discuss the foods, pastimes, manners, and language during Queen Elizabeth Is reign, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FSK Lobby. Reservations required: $25.

Fall Fundraiser

November 16

Classical pianist, Rachel Franklin, will present a Shakespeare-based “Magnificent Movie Music” performance, composed of musical scores from well-known Shakespeare themed movies. Franklin will illustrate the music’s role in helping film portray Shakespeare’s ornate language and passion.

Before the show, savor wine and appetizers and enjoy a private tour of the Mitchell Gallery exhibition, “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” FSK Auditorium. Wine reception: 6 to 7 p.m. Performance: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ticket price: $45; $50 at the door.

Caritas Society Holiday Luncheon

December 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Musician and American music historian David Hildebrand will give a talk and performance that highlights holiday music and instruments in Maryland history, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Randall Hall. Reservations required: $25.