Celebrating 175 Years in Canada

September 16, 2022 marked the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first community of Loret(t)o Sisters in Canada. Mary Ward’s Institute was brought from England to Ireland in 1821 by Frances Teresa Ball where they became known as Loret(t)o Sisters. In response to requests Teresa sent sisters to India, Mauritius, Gibraltar, and then to

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Janet Palafox IBVM and Youth Advocates at UNITED NATIONS TRANSFORMING EDUCATION SUMMIT 2022

New York, 16, 17 & 19 September. Transforming Education Summit – Keynote on the need to transform education – Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and SDG Advocate. Ms Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Janet Palafox IBVM our representative at the UN. At this Summit Janet

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Mary Ward, First Sister of Feminism by Sydney Thorne

A new life of Mary Ward was published in England around Christmas 2021. It was not commissioned by either of the two Mary Ward institutes but was entirely the work of a hitherto unknown admirer of Mary Ward. The author’s name is Sydney Thorne and he lives close to Osbaldwick in York. However, it was

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Teresa Ball and Loreto Education: Convents and the Colonial World 1794-1875 by Deirdre Raftery

Deirdre Raftery’s new book, specially commissioned for the Bicentenary of the foundation of Mary Ward’s Institute in Ireland.Frances Teresa Ball returned to Ireland from her formation at the Bar Convent in York in August 1821. She began the first IBVM community and school in Dublin and, in so doing, established the beloved name Loreto.  The

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