IVC Honors Father Fred

May 18, 2013 · 0 comments

BOSTON–- Matthew 25 Executive Director and founder Fr. Fred Enman was one of four people honored at the Ignatian Volunteer Corps’ Madonna Della Strada Awards on April 21 at Boston College High School.

The dinner honored four founders of highly acclaimed nonprofits that embody the Jesuit tradition of direct service to the poor and of working and educating for a more just society.

The Madonna Della Strada Award is named after Sancta Maria Della Strada, the first church where Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus, and his early Jesuits based their ministry to serve the urban poor in Rome in the sixteenth century.

IVC New England will also honored Sister Nancy Braceland CSJ, co-founder and executive director of Casserly House, a neighborhood community center in Roslindale, which offers adult education classes and after-school programs.

IVC also honored Henry and Carol Shelton, the founders of a number of Rhode Island-based organizations addressing issues of economic justice, women’s health and childhood poverty, most notably the Amos House homeless shelter and soup kitchen and the George Wiley Center.

IVC provides men and women in midlife the opportunity to contribute their talents, wisdom, and professional experience in staff level positions at non-profit agencies which work with people who are materially poor or advocate for a more just society. Typically, volunteers are aged 50 and older and commit to their placements two days a week for a ten-month period.

In addition, the volunteers participate in a monthly Jesuit spiritual reflection program guided by trained ordained and lay spiritual reflectors. This unique feature of IVC deepens the volunteers’ commitment to their service and faith.

IVC was founded in 1995 by Father Jim Conroy, SJ currently the director of the Boston-based Jesuit Collaborative – whose mission is the make Ignatian spirituality more available to people – and the late Father Charlie Costello, SJ in response to the desire of older Catholics for avenues to minister to the poor with a spirituality in accordance with the vision of the Second Vatican Council.

Based in Baltimore, IVC nationally consists of 17 regions throughout the United States. IVC New England is in its fourth year of operation in Worcester, Boston and Providence and surrounding communities.

IVC New England has volunteers working at the following agencies in Boston, Worcester and Rhode Island:
Casserly House, Roslindale
Cristo Rey Boston High School, Dorchester
Emmanuel College, Boston
Hearth, Inc., Boston
Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston
Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, Mattapan
St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Roxbury
Wellspring House, Inc., Salem
Catholic Charities, Providence
Genesis Center, Providence
Catholic Charities, Worcester
Dismas House, Worcester
Matthew 25, Inc., Worcester
Nativity School, Worcester
St. John’s Parish, Worcester

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