On April 22, Sr. Catherine “Missy” Gugerty, SSND, director of the Loyola University Maryland Center for Community Service and Justice, received the Della Strada Award from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) for her five years of volunteer work as a spiritual reflector for IVC leadership.
The Della Strada Award honors an individual or organization that reflects the Ignatian values of direct service to the poor, and of working and educating for a more just society. The 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.
In her role as a spiritual reflector for the Baltimore region IVC, Sr. Gugerty meets monthly with senior IVC volunteers to explore the deeper meaning of their service experience, and to identify and discuss where they find God in their volunteer work. The IVC provides mature men and women the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition. Ignatian volunteers pledge two days per week of service in local non-profit organizations for a 10-month term, and have the option to renew their service each year.
Sr. Gugerty earned a B.A. in Sociology at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Loyola University Maryland. Throughout her 30-year career, she has worked for and with people experiencing material poverty and homelessness.
More information about Sr. Gugerty, her colleagues, and their many service initiatives can be found on the CCSJ website.