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News & Current Events

Entries for January 2019

News from Eastern Africa

Posted on January 31, 2019 in: Global News

Keep up to date with our IBVM family in Eastern Africa.  The January newsletter is available by clicking on Related Files below.

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Celebrating Mary Ward Day

Posted on January 27, 2019 in: General News

On January 23rd, the Wheaton IBVM staff welcomed the Franciscan Sisters and staff to celebrate Mary Ward Day!     

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Phoenix Celebrates Mary Ward Day!

Posted on January 27, 2019

Sisters and Associates gathered on Saturday January 26th to celebrate Mary Ward and officially welcome four new Associates.   

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Sacramento Associates Gather

Posted on January 27, 2019

The Sacramento Associates, led by Laura Allen, gathered together on January 19th at the Chadsworth house in prayer and friendship.   With Sr. Mary Carton, Sr. Esther O'Mara and Sr. Arlene Connelly as witnesses, the Associates celebrated their committment Ceremony.  

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St Josephine Bakhita Day

Posted on January 24, 2019 in: JPIC

St Josephine Bakhita Day
IBVM-CJ, Together Against Human Trafficking. On February 8, St Josephine Bakhita Day, the entire Mary Ward Family is invited to participate in a celebration of prayer and reflection against human trafficking.   This initiative came from the Institute’s NGO office at the United Nations, through which a network is articulated that brings together all the provinces to know the work that each one does against human trafficking.   The objective is that the sisters, associates, colleagues, friends and all the people who are part of the...

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Diane's Health Hints

Posted on January 23, 2019 in: General News

Diane's Health Hints
Diane's Health Hints can be found here every month.   January's issue will debunk some of the FAKE MEDICAL NEWS floating around the internet.  Fake Medical News may put your health at risk so read on you will find some tips on how to use the internet to find reputable medical information.    Click below, related file, to download the current issue. Missed an issue?  No need to worry, all issues are archived on the Publications page of our website.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Night

Posted on January 21, 2019 in: General News

What can you do to stop human trafficking?  Youare invited to come and learn.  Free but reservation required.   Saturday January 26th at 7:00 pm My Half Of The Sky coffee house 121 West Wesley Street  Wheaton, IL 60187

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  The Joliet Franciscan Sisters recently honored Jean Okroi with the Mother Alfred Moes Award for her work in shedding light on the issue of human trafficking.  This award is named after Mother Alfred Moes, the Joliet Franciscan foundress,  and recognizes individuals and organizations who transform vision into service. Congratulations Jean, an honor well deserved!  

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Mary Ward Week 2019

Posted on January 20, 2019 in: General News

The booklet for Mary Ward Week is available HERE

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Hats Off to Sr. Arlene!

Posted on January 19, 2019 in: General News

Arlene Ashack’s painting “ENTANGLEMENT” has been selected by the Kosmos Journal for Global Transformation to accompany Merle Lefkoff’s essay in the spring.   Congratulations, Arlene.

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UN Update

Posted on January 11, 2019 in: Global News

The January 2019 edition of "It's Your World" is now available to download.  Previous editions can be found HERE.

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Spanish Province Newsletter

Posted on January 07, 2019 in: Global News

The December 2018 issue of the Spanish Province Newletter is available to download.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Posted on January 01, 2019 in: JPIC

Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January is human trafficking month in the United States.   On January 11th, we give special remembrance to all women, children and men who are victims and survivors of this horrendous crime especially in the United States.    IBVM Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking As members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an international and multinational congregation of women religious, we pledge to work for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and its causes, particularly among women and children, where we live and minister.    ...

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Hidden Treasures

Posted on January 01, 2019 in: General News

Hidden Treasures in the IBVM Archives   One of the fascinating parts of working with archives is discovering treasures from the past.  Most recently we have been inventorying all of the pictures that have accumulated here over the decades.  The treasure we found is a picture of the very first chapel on the Wheaton property. In 1946, when the Wheaton property was purchased, the only occupied building was the House of the Seven Gables. It was occupied by sisters who were in their initial stage of training and probation, plus two sisters who directed them.   The House ...

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