Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Fr. Gerry Creedon and Bill Whitaker Honored for Commitment to Community and Social Justice

Fr. Gerry Creedon and Bill Whitaker Honored for Commitment to Community and Social Justice
Ignatian Volunteer Corps’ Annual Evening of Gratitude Spotlights Creedon’s Work as Pastor in Arlington Archdiocese and Whitaker’s Leadership at Washington Jesuit Academy


Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2017) – The Ignatian Volunteer Corps honored two local leaders for their life-long commitment to community service, education and social justice with its highest honor, the Della Strada Award, at its annual Evening of Gratitude on Sunday, April 23, at Gonzaga College High School.

Fr. Gerry Creedon with IVC Northern Virginia Regional Director Joanie Coolidge

Fr. Creedon is the pastor of Holy Family Parish in Dale City, VA. Throughout his career, he has brought his invaluable leadership skills to such organizations as the Diocese of Arlington Peace and Justice Commission; Catholics for Housing; Gabriel Homes; Catholic Charities; Catholic Relief Services; and Social Action Linking Together.


Bill Whitaker is the founding president of the Washington Jesuit Academy, a tuition-free middle school in Northeast D.C. that has provided hundreds of young men with the opportunity to academically thrive in a highly challenging yet supportive environment. A leader in urban education, school administration and poverty alleviation, Whitaker was recently named a 2016 Washingtonian of the Year.


“Throughout their lives and careers, Fr. Gerry and Mr. Whitaker have – without a doubt – made the world a better place. Their work is endlessly inspiring, and we are extraordinarily proud to present them with this honor,” said Mary McGinnity, Executive Director, Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

Bill Whitaker with IVC DC/Metro Maryland Regional Director Mike Googin


About Ignatian Volunteer Corps


The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides mature men and women the opportunity to offer their talents, wisdom and experience in service among people who materially poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying for the Ignatian tradition.


IVC Volunteers pledge two days per week of service in local nonprofit organizations for a 10-month term with an option to continue each year. Service agencies view Ignatian Volunteers as vital staff members because of their experience, skills and consistency. A unique element of IVC is spiritual reflection, helping the volunteer deepen and strength their faith and sustaining them in their service.

There are 17 regional IVC programs located across the country, including the Northern VA and the Washington, DC/Metro Maryland regions.