Madonna Della Strada Award Ceremony 2017

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Madonna Della Strada Ceremony – April, 2017 
The Madonna Della Strada

The sixth annual IVC New England Madonna Della Strada Award Ceremony took place at Boston College High School on Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2017. We celebrated the lives of Patrick Byrne, Colette Cook, and Annette A. Rafferty. More than 210 guests attended the event.

Jesuit Provincial John Cecero, SJ presided at liturgy that day and, in his closing remarks, praised the work of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, true colleagues in the work of the Society of Jesus. Msgr. Frank Kelly, of Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale (MA), gave the homily and emphasized the importance of lay ministry in the church today.

IVC New England Regional Director Dave Hinchen asked volunteers, spiritual reflectors, regional council members, and past awardees to stand and be recognized. IVC National Director Mary McGinnity shared a story about the impact of IVC volunteers in a New York agency. IVC New England staff member, Bill Waters, and Regional Council members Fred Enman, SJ, and Michelle Sterk Barrett introduced the honorees.

Patrick Byrne, philosophy professor at Boston College, was the founder and first director of the BC PULSE Program for Student Learning. He has impacted countless lives in Greater Boston and beyond through his 40 years at Boston College and his community engagement with Project Bread, Sacred Heart Parish, the Paulist Center, and Brimmer & May School.

Colette Cook is a former Jesuit Volunteer who has worked as a representative for immigrants, a non-violence trainer, and a religion teacher. Colette helped launch IVC in New England and organize the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Rhode Island  where she coordinates retreats for women in recovery. She is an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.

Annette A. Rafferty founded Abby’s House in Worcester and has served as executive director there for 40 years. Abbly’s House was one of the first shelters in the country serving homeless women and children. It is now a full service organization with a dedicated staff and over 200 volunteers, offering a women’s center, housing, meals, community, education, a thrift shop, and domestic violence services.

Patrick Byrne
Colette Cook
Annette A. Rafferty
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