Madonna Della Strada Ceremony – April, 2017
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.
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.
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