The story of the IBVM (“Loreto”) began in 1609, when an Englishwoman Mary Ward, established a new religious order for women based on the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). She envisioned a new radical way of religious life for women, mobile and flexible in their ability to respond to the needs of the time. Continue reading “The Beginning is Everything; 200 years of IBVM (Loreto Branch)”
“Early Loreto Kenya” on YouTube
The Loreto Sisters arrived in Kenya in 1921 and will celebrate their centenary here in 2021.
Some have been in Kenya for 60-70 years. They knew the pioneers personally and give an insight into what it has meant to educate half a million to one million African girls. They don’t know the exact number! The pioneers were all Irish and came here after periods in India and Australia.
They started the first school for African girls in East Africa in 1936:
Loreto, Limuru. Before that education for African girls was unknown. They changed culture.
Their stories narrate what the Church in general, and Loreto in particular, has done for education in Kenya and by
extraction in the whole of continental Africa. Similar stories, as far as I know yet undocumented on video, can be told of other supernatural families in the Church on all continents.
It is a story of development and evangelisation through education.
Most of the prominent women in Kenyan history have come from Loreto schools, notably Wangari Maathai, who became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace” in 2004.
In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Kenyan independence, the sisters received a special award from the President in recognition of their services to education
If you know people who have studied at Loreto Schools in Kenya or elsewhere please let them know of the existence of these interviews.
If you have difficulty accessing the interviews through the links, try typing “Early Loreto Kenya” or the name of the interviewee. Or open You Tube first and then search. All the links have been tested.
This project was compiled by Fr Conor Donnelly, Nairobi.
1.General Synopsis Early Days.
2.Sr Jane Francis Mulongo IBVM
- Sr Mary Owens IBVM
4.Sr Colombiere Kelly IBVM
5.Sr Ephigenia Gachiri IBVM
6.Sr Betty Whyte IBVM
7.Sr Maire O’Nolan IBVM
8.Sr Nuala Brangan IBVM
9.Sr Breid Cunningham IBVM
10.Sr Caitriona Kelly IBVM
11.Sr Malia IBVM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8MB4Aadz6U (second part of the interview)
12.Sr Philippine Stamp IBVM
Today is the day and probably for the first time the nerves are beginning to set in. It is Wednesday, November 21st. Sr Adina Balan CJ from Romania and I are staying in a small hotel just down the road from the Acton community house. Continue reading “Investiture Day at Buckingham Palace”
The International Mary Ward Schools’ Conference was held from June 25th to July 2nd 2017. It was hosted by Loreto Queenswood, South Africa and over 60 members gathered from Mary Ward schools worldwide. Coming from this conference is a letter from the Generalates of IBVM and CJ. Continue reading “A Mary Ward Schools’ Compass”
“Saints are not ‘supermen/women’ wo are born perfect, but rather are ordinary people who followed God with all their heart.” Pope Francis Continue reading “IBVM Canadian Newsletter”
On April 27, 2017, the General leadership teams of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) and the Congregation of Jesus meet in Rome. The remembered their common heritage of one institute founded by Mary Ward.
Dear Sisters, Greetings from the ELM in Rome! We are situated at the Centro Pellegrini, Continue reading “Greetings from Rome 24th April 2017”