Our Shared Story – A Pilgrimage

From 10th to 13th November the two outgoing General Leadership fulfilled a long-held dream to make a shared pilgrimage to places associated with the beginning of our shared story – Saint Omer in Northern France and Liége in Belgium. As this video demonstrates it was a powerful and moving experience for all of us and

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The Last Post!

With hearts filled with gratitude we thank everybody for sharing in the GC2022 Communications. As a paperless GC2022 (historic!) we are particularly proud of the Delegates and the support team for all that was accomplished. We posted over 180 multiple-page documents to the website for approximately 60 people to download to their devices, saving 54,000

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Conclusion of the IBVM General Congregation 2022

On October 27th the delegates to the General Congregation 2022 approved the final statement – the 2022 Calls – and ended the Congregation. In her homily for the Closing Liturgy, Sister. Noelle Corscadden reminded us that, “This is a time, but not just to say goodbye, it is a time to go forth and witness

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2022 Season of Creation: Ecological Economics and Laudato Si

The Mary Ward Family has celebrated the Season of Creation together since 2020, we have focused on hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth. We cannot say we have fully accomplished the task because ideally, this is part of our mission and something that we have always done, we can

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Election of Institute Leadership Team

MANRESA SPAIN NEWSFLASH #322 October 2022 Institute Leadership Team Elected After time of prayerful preparation and discernment, the delegates to the IBVM General Congregation 2022 have elected the incoming Institute Leadership Team, comprised of Carmel Swords (Institute Leader), Natalie Houlihan, Mary Kamotho, Geraldine Moktan, and Kate Myers. Please keep the incoming team in your prayers.

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Election of New Institute Leader

MANRESA SPAIN NEWSFLASH #220 October 2022 New IBVM Institute Leader Has Been Elected! The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary has elected a new Institute Leader. Following a time of prayerful discernment and conversation, delegates to the IBVM General Congregation have elected Sister Carmel Swords as the new Institute Leader. Sister Carmel is the Province

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International Day for the Elimination of Poverty (October 17th)

October 17th is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Poverty “This day honors the millions of people suffering from poverty and their daily courage and this day recognizes the global and shared responsibility we all hold to eradicate poverty and combat all forms of discrimination.” Eliminating Poverty in all its forms is the

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Remembering Our Cloud of Witnesses

At our Remembrance Ritual on Saturday, October 8th, we took time to honour and reflect upon the lives of our Sisters in the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Congregation of Jesus and members of our extended Mary Ward Family, those who have died between September 2014 and October 8, 2022. We believe that

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Let Us Rejoice! – Becoming One Vote

MANRESA SPAIN NEWSFLASH 14 October 2022 Let us Rejoice! In the first important canonical step on the path of Becoming One of the two branches of Mary Ward’s Institute, the IBVM leadership team submitted a petition to the CJ General Congregation on Tuesday 23rd August 2022 to ask for canonical fusion, for the Institute to

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