Madonna Della Strada Ceremony – Sunday, April 10, 2016
On April 10, 2016, IVC New England honored Sister Marie Therese Martin, CSJ, Nonda Hurst Voll, and Dave and Noreen Manzo at the fifth annual IVC New England Madonna Della Strada Award Ceremony at Boston College High School. The evening began with Mass celebrated by Father John Savard, SJ, rector of the Jesuit community at the College of the Holy Cross. Father Bob VerEecke, SJ, pastor of St. Ignatius parish in Chestnut Hill was the homilist. A reception and awards ceremony followed.
IVC New England Madonna Della Strada Award Winners – 2016
Nondas Hurst Voll
Nondas is a peace and social justice advocate in Rhode Island. She has served as Executive Director of The Fund for Community Progress, a network of grassroots agencies dedicated to peace and social justice, where she worked to democratize philanthropy. An endowment was established in her honor to support scholarships to lower-income single mothers for studies in higher education.
Nondas served as Chair of the Board for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, which strives to prevent youth and gang violence. She was a member of the IVC New England Planning Committee and Regional Council. She is blessed to have four children and four grandchildren and is active at St. Michael the Archangel multi-ethnic parish in Providence.
Marie Therese Martin CSJ
A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Sister Marie Therese Martin has spent the last thirty years in Worcester, developing and teaching programs in Spirituality and Women’s Studies and working in non-profit justice and health care organizations. Currently, she serves in Parish Ministry to Elders and as a Hospice Chaplain.
Sister Marie Therese served on the IVC New England Planning Committee and helped envision Casserly House, the neighborhood ministry of her religious congregation in Roslindale. She looks upon the changes and struggles in life as opportunities to learn about and work for justice, systemic change, feminist and medical issues.
Noreen and Dave Manzo
Noreen, from New York, is a graduate of St. John’s University. She recently retired from Haley House, in Boston’s South End, after 22 years. As director of affordable housing, Noreen oversaw the creation of 100 units of housing f
or homeless and low income people. She currently studies Spirituality at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
A graduate of Boston College and Harvard School of Education, Dave is from Waterbury (CT). He worked with high-risk youth as president of COMPASS for 20 years. In 2004, he became president of the Cotting School, which serves children with special needs. Dave has taught a class at Boston College’s PULSE program for 35 years. He is a member and officer of several major non-profit boards.