The Little Sisters of the Poor, who were forced to close their nursing home at 3d and H Streets NE earlier this year, were given an award by the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, at their annual dinner last weekend.

The new "Cardinal O'Boyle Award of Patriotism" was presented to the Sisters following a "unanimous decision" of the advisory board, according to Cormelius Heine, head of the Fourth Degree Assembly, or patriotic divisions of the Knights.

Faithful Navigator Anthony Wilk said the Sisters were chosen for "their complete dedication to caring for the spiritual and physical welfare of the elderly poor, in an age when the needs of the aged are so great."

The plaque was presented by Cardinal O'Boyle, retired archbishop of Washington.

The Sisters own a property near Providence Hospital and have $1.3 million of the $4.5 million needed to build a new nursing home there. It will replace the one they closed after noise, vandalism, and auto accidents originating from the H Street overpass built 10 feet from their door agitated and frightened their patients.

"We really don't have enough money (now) to start the building," said Sister Aimee. "But we will get the architectural plans in 1978."

There will be a fund raiser for the Little Sisters Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Theological College, 401 Michigan Ave. NE. Bishop Thomas W. Lyons will offer the benediction at 3 p.m.