Thanks for your Support!
Thanks to all who attended or supported our IVC New England 2013 Della Strada Award Ceremony on April 21 at Boston College High School. Because of the Marathon bombings and the resultant turmoil of the week following them, there was doubt as to whether the celebration could even take place. Most who live in or near Boston were confined to our homes on Friday, the 19th. BC High was shut down. No deliveries could be made that day. Public transit was cancelled. Streets were empty.
Fortunately, with the arrest of the accused bomber, Boston breathed a sigh of relief. People could begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. Though the tragedy remains, the fear has subsided. The work of rebuilding community has begun.
Nearly 200 people did gather on April 21 and did celebrate the lives of Sister Nancy Braceland, Father Fred Enman, and Carol and Henry Shelton. Fathers Si Smith and Bill Barry led us in prayerful liturgy. The BC High Food Services staff provided excellent food, drink and ambience. Jim McCarthy, Patti and Tom Ryan, and Maggi Burns Rogers gave testimony to the works of our honorees, each of whom responded with humility and gratitude to friends, family, and other supporters without whom, they felt, their efforts could easily have stalled.
We have received much positive feedback about the evening. We are grateful to those of you who worked to make it happen and who so generously lent your financial support. Thank you!
We hope to see you again next year!
Della Strada Honorees
Sister Nancy Braceland, CSJ, is the co-foundress and director of Casserly House since its inception in 2000. Casserly House, a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, serves the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. It is a ministry of presence in a culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhood. Casserly House, an IVC site since 2009, has been recognized by a variety of community organizations.
Sister Nancy taught in the Boston parochial schools, spent seven years in Peru, and fourteen years with Catholic Charities of NH serving immigrant communities, particularly Hispanics. Sister Nancy has a Masters Degree from Boston College and a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Regis College.
Father Fred Enman, SJ, is founder and executive director of Matthew 25, a non-profit organization rehabilitating abandoned houses and renting out their finished apartments to low-income families. Matthew 25 has nine houses in Worcester and one in Boston providing quality, affordable rental housing to eighteen families. Father Fred also serves as special assistant to the dean for students and chaplain at Boston College Law School from which he graduated in 1978.
Father Fred was born and raised in Worcester, MA. Prior to BC Law School, he attended St. John’s High School and Wesleyan University. He entered the New England Jesuit Province in 1978 and studied at Weston School of Theology in Cambridge.
Henry and Carol Shelton have been lifelong legendary organizers for social change for more than 40 years in Rhode Island. In the middle of the 60′s as a diocesan priest, Henry founded many of the diocese’s social ministries including the seminal Catholic Inner City Center, and worked with the late George Wiley, a founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization.
Carol and Henry were co-founders of the Center for Social Change and the homeless shelter and soup-kitchen, Amos House. Carol was a founding member of the Rhode Island Women’s Health Collective in 1976. In 2011, the Rhode Island State legislature passed the Henry Shelton Act, which requires utility companies to establish affordable utility rates for families.