Della Strada Ceremony A Success Once More – April, 2019
More than 200 people gathered at Boston College High School on April 28 for the eighth annual Madonna Della Strada Awards Ceremony of IVC New England. Friends, families, supporters and core community members joined to celebrate the lives of Frank Carroll, Sister Angela Daniels, CP, and Joe Vallely and Kitty Ryan.
Assisted by Deacon John Franchi of Worcester, Father Ken Hughes, SJ of the Saint Peter Faber Jesuit Community in Brighton (MA), celebrated an opening liturgy and in his homily touched on God’s love as demonstrated in Jesus’ resurrection and in the commitment shown by people like Ignatian Volunteers and the Della Strada awardees. Music was led by Margaret Felice and Chris Rakovec of BC High.
As in past years, Rebecca’s Cafe provided wonderful hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Equal Exchange provided coffee. 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 has continued to grow this year, reaching record numbers with 45 volunteers serving with 31 service partners in eleven different cities and towns.
IVC President/CEO Mary McGinnity congratulated IVC New England on ten years of service to those enduring poverty and marginalization. Mary spoke about the “miracle of yeses” – how “yeses” uttered by people who serve others, such as the IVC community, transform, bring and heal life. Then, together with the IVC New England Regional Council, she presented Dave with a surprise award – the Conroy/Costello Founders Award, bestowed on a person or group who has had a significant impact on the growth and viability of the IVC mission. Dave is the second person to receive this award.
Mike McGonagle, BC High Vice Principal for Ignatian Mission and Identity, served as MC moving the program along with skill and humor. The IVC New England Della Strada Ceremony will return to BC High again next year. Save this date: April 26, 2020. Planning has already begun. Suggestions for awardees are welcome. Contact us at email@example.com.
Madonna Della Strada Ceremony – April, 2018
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
2018 (April 29)
Deb Thompson and Mary Reilly, RSM – Providence
Msgr. Frank Scollen – Worcester
Jim McCarthy – Boston