Maryland Day, March 25th, marks the anniversary of the day in 1634 when settlers aboard “The Ark” and “The Dove” reached St. Clement’s Island in Maryland, bringing with them three Jesuit priests. In thanksgiving for their safe arrival, Fr. Andrew White SJ celebrated Mass for the colonists, making him the first Catholic priest to do so in the original thirteen colonies. To this day, a large cross still stands, marking the occasion at St. Clement’s Island in Maryland.
Each year for Maryland Day, IVC awards a community leader with our Madonna Della Strada Award. We are pleased to recognize Bishop Denis J. Madden with the 2017 Madonna Della Strada Award honoring the work he has done to create a more charitable and just Baltimore.
Madonna Della Strada Award
On Sunday, March 26th, IVC Baltimore honors Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore with our Madonna Della Strada Award. Named after Sancta Maria della Strada, the first church that Ignatius and the early Jesuits obtained to serve the urban poor in the center of Rome, the award honors lives that reflect the Ignatian values of direct service to the poor and of working and educating for a more just society.
Bishop Denis J. Madden was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on August 24, 2005. He oversees approximately 97 parishes and 49 schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County.
Originally from Carbondale, Pennsylvania, Bishop Madden moved to Baltimore in 1973 and took a position in the psychology program at the University of Maryland, while also working part-time as a marriage and family counselor for Associated Catholic Charities. In spite of his busy schedule, Father Madden frequently made time to celebrate Mass at St. Martin’s in West Baltimore and to provide long and short term counseling to many of the priests and religious sisters in the Archdiocese.
In 2005 he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore. Bishop Madden worked tirelessly on the successful campaign to end capital punishment in Maryland. Today, Bishop Madden organizes the regular prayer walks that bring Gospel light to neighborhoods that have been affected by violence.
Previous Winners include:
Beverly Cooper – The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation
William J. McCarthy – Catholic Charities
Kathleen Haser – Jesuit Volunteer Corps
John Swope, SJ – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Baltimore
Catherine Gugerty, SSND – Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Community Service and Justice
Bill Watters, SJ – St. Ignatius Church
Dick Dowling – Maryland Catholic Conference
Ed Sommerfeldt Award
Ed Sommerfeldt joined IVC Baltimore in 2007 after almost 40 years of teaching math and computer science at Coppin State University. As an Ignatian Volunteer, Ed taught math and helped men prepare for the GED test. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in September of 2010, Ed faced his illness with courage, determination, and optimism. Ed continued to gather with his IVC community up until two weeks before his death; his presence, participation, and commitment to service were an inspiration to the IVC community. In his memory, the Ed Sommerfeldt Award honors one who has enabled those within IVC to more clearly recognize God’s presence and activity in the midst of everyday life.
This year we honor Judy Dobson, Director of Responsive Services at The Franciscan Center of Baltimore with IVC’s 2016 Ed Sommerfeldt Award.
Mary Ellen Vanni