Madonna Della Strada Award Ceremony 2018

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Madonna Della Strada Ceremony – April, 2018
Agatha and Si at the Della Strada event

A record-breaking 241 people signed up for the April 29 IVC New England Madonna Della Strada ceremony at Boston College High School. They came to honor Msgr. Frank Scollen, Deb Thompson, Mary Reilly, RSM, and former Ignatian Volunteer Jim McCarthy.

Father John Madden of St. John’s Parish in Worcester presided at the afternoon liturgy and IVC chaplain emeritus Si Smith, SJ preached the homily. “What good is your life if you don’t give it away?”, Si asked us, and praised the Ignatian Volunteer Corps for its giving of selves for others.

Rebecca’s Cafe  provided wonderful hors d’oeuvres and dinner. IVC NE Director Dave Hinchen asked volunteers, reflectors, regional council members, and past Della Strada awardees to stand for much deserved applause, and shared that IVC New England reached record numbers this year: 42 volunteers at 31 different volunteer sites.

Mike McGonagle, BC High Vice Principal for Ignatian Mission and Identity, served as MC with his usual sparkle and grace. Save this date: April 28, 2019 for next year’s celebration. Planning has already begun. Suggestions for awardees are welcome.

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Madonna Della Strada  
The Madonna Della Strada award is named after Sancta Maria della Strada, the first church that St. 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.This is the fourth year that IVC New England has hosted a Madonna Della Strada Ceremony.

IVC New England Della Strada Awardees

2012 (April 22)

Bill Waters – Providence

Si Smith, SJ – Worcester

Lena Deevy, LSA  – Boston

2013 (April 21)

Nancy Braceland, CSJ – Boston

Fred Enman, SJ – Worcester

Henry and Carol Shelton – Providence

2014 (April 6)

Mary McHale – Boston

St. John’s Parish/ Father John Madden – Worcester

Ann Keefe, SSJ & Joyce Flowers, RSM – Providence

2015 (April 26)

Dan Conley – Providence

Patti and Tom Ryan – Worcester

Dave Gill, SJ – Boston

2016 (April 10)

Marie Therese Martin, SSJ – Worcester

Nondas Hurst Voll – Providence

Dave & Noreen Manzo – Boston

2017 (April 30)

Annette Raferty – Worcester

Colette Cook – Providence

Patrick Byrne – Boston