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Entries for 2018

Associates Sponsor Food Drive

Posted on November 10, 2018

Associates Sponsor Food Drive
Food Donations are now being collected for Christmas food baskets. Help Us Wish Our MARY WARD CENTER FAMILIES   The IBVM Associates are collecting food items for Christmas baskets for families of Mary Ward Center.  Donations will be accepted at the Wheaton offices ...

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IBVM Mass of Remembrance

Posted on October 19, 2018 in: General News

IBVM Mass of Remembrance
Mass of Remembrance Sunday November 11, 2018 2:00 PM Wheaton Franciscan Chapel 26W171 Roosevelt Road Wheaton, IL 60187 The Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary invite you to join us for this special Eucharistic Liturgy in which we celebrate the memory of our beloved decea...

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Welcome to the New Site

Posted on March 08, 2018 in: General News

Welcome to the New Site
We have a lot of exciting things to share, so please browse through the many pages of our new website.  We welcome your feedback.    

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14th Annual Interfaith Prayer Service Sunday January 6, 2019 1:00 - 2:30pm Learn More

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2018 Advent Journey

Posted on December 01, 2018 in: General News

A special thank you to all who participated in our Advent project.  Through the reflections and comments the divine spark in all of us was surely ignited.  We will continue to seek ways to strengthen our connections and welcome any comments or suggestions EMAIL. The pages can still be accessed through this link:  ADVENT WEBPAGE . Happy New year!

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News from Eastern Africa

Posted on December 01, 2018 in: Global News

The November from the Easter Africa Province is available HERE.

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South Africa Newsletter

Posted on December 01, 2018 in: Global News

The December newsletter from South Africa is available to download.

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Cause of Venerable Mary Ward

Posted on November 29, 2018 in: Global News

Learn more about the process and how you can promote the cause.  The newsletter from the Office for the Cause of Venerable Mary Ward is available.  

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Shop Online and Support the Sisters

Posted on November 16, 2018 in: General News

You can make a difference while you shop at no additional cost to you by using AmazonSmile and igive.com.  Each online purchase you make will automatically earn money for the IBVM.   Learn more about these programs HERE.   Avoid the traffic and the crowds on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all year long.

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Fall/Winter Connections

Posted on November 13, 2018 in: Publications

In this issue: Art at the Intersection of Spirituality  Meet our new Development Assistant  Reaching Out With Joy  ‘New Look’ Website  Loretto Gala 2018  Remembering our Sisters  Sharing God’s Bounty  CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD

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# GivingTuesday

Posted on November 11, 2018 in: General News

Help us support the Mary Ward Center this #GivingTuesday.   All online donations from now until Tuesday, November 27 will go toward Mary Ward Center Scholarships! Our goal is to raise enough to give 100 people the opportunity to attend classes. To learn more about the Mary Ward Center, check out our website. Click HERE to make a donation! Let's make this year's #Givi...

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The IBVM Choir welcomes all singers! To learn more, please contact Anne Hyzy, IBVM at 630 373 0126 or email

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Eastern Africa Province Newsletter

Posted on November 05, 2018 in: Global News

The October Newsletter from the Eastern Africa Province is available HERE

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Spanish Province Newsletter

Posted on October 21, 2018 in: Global News

The October 2018 Spanish Newsletter is available HERE

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Anawim Art Show

Posted on October 16, 2018

Art at the Intersection of Art and Spirituality Sept. 28 to Oct. 31   

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JPIC Circle Focus Statement

Posted on October 14, 2018 in: JPIC US Region

JPIC Circle Focus Statement As IBVMs, who are contemplatives in action, we commit ourselves to be "in communio" with each other and all God's creation, as instruments of justice, peace and reconciliation: specifically regarding immigration, human trafficking, and the U.N. Sustainable Developmental Goals.  The rights of women and children are central to our specific conce...

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House of Prayer

Posted on August 31, 2018 in: General News

The House of Prayer for September & October 2018 is now available.

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Anawim Arts Announces Website

Posted on August 07, 2018

Visit the New Anawim Arts Website!  

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South Asian Province Newsletter

Posted on August 01, 2018 in: Global News

The July 2018 Newsletter from the South Asian Province is available HERE

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Christine Gilsenan, IBVM

Posted on July 18, 2018 in: In Memoriam

Christine Gilsenan, IBVM
Entered Life - December 23, 1935 Entered Religious life - September 29, 1954 Entered Eternal Life  - July 17, 2018 Our IBVM and SS Simon & Jude School Communities lost “a wee bit” of its authentic Irish heritage on July 17. Sister Christine Gilsenan, IBVM, was bor...

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Irene Howell, IBVM

Posted on July 11, 2018 in: In Memoriam

Irene Howell, IBVM
Entered Life: July 8, 1923   Entered Religious Life:  August 8, 1942 Entered Eternal Life:  July 10, 2018, 20172   Sister Irene Ellen Howell, IBVM was born on July 8, 1923 to Ellen McCoy and Charles Wesley Howell in Payment on Sugar Island, Michigan. &...

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Ann Gamboa, a California Associate, leads the kitchen crew for Sharing God’s Bounty, a served dinner once a week for the last 35 years. This is housed at St. Philomene Parish in Sacramento where our sisters served for almost 40 years.  She succeeds two other associates, Jackie Lane and Jeannie Bastion, in this incredible service of love.  Ann puts so much love into t...

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Province Newsletter

Posted on July 09, 2018 in: General News

The July issue of the US Province Newsletter is available here.

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The latest issue of Connections is now available online.  Featured in this issue is "Redefining Retirement"; an inspiring look at our retired sisters at Casa San Carlo. Current Issue Past Issues can be found HERE

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Spanish Province Newsletter

Posted on June 27, 2018 in: Global News

The June 2018 Newsletter from the Spanish Province is now available.

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The dedication of the Plaque honoring the IBVM legacy was held on June 12th.  Sisters, Associates and friends attended the event hosted by The Pulte Company.     CLICK HERE to view the video posted by the Daily Herald.   Photos from the event have been posted.

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You Are Invited!

Posted on June 04, 2018 in: General News

You Are Invited!
Pulte Homes invites you to the Wheaton property for the dedication of a beautiful plaque honoring our IBVM Sisters and the many inspiring ministries that were housed at our Wheaton Convent over the years.  This event will take place on Tuesday, June 12, at 10:30 am.  Refresh...

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US Province Newsletter

Posted on May 22, 2018 in: General News

Keep update with the Province.  The June issue of the US Province Newsletter was just published.  Read it HERE.

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Contact Your State Senators & Representatives! Three Immigration Bills Anti-Registry Program Act  (SB 3488)   This bill would bar state and local agencies in Illinois from creating or participating in any program that collects personal information to use to identify state residents based on their race, religion, national origin, seual orientation, or other characteristics...

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Loretto Gala - Save the Date

Posted on May 15, 2018 in: Development

Loretto Gala - Save the Date
September 23, 2018 Gaelic Park, Chicago Tickets will go on sale late summer.

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The photos are in from the 3rd Annual Loreto Sisters Appreciation Tea held May 5, 2018.  An Irish Tea was the theme this year and over 100 people attended.  The Phoenix IBVM Associates proudly host this event every spring.  View the entire photo album.  

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News From Spain & Canada

Posted on May 12, 2018 in: Global News

Canadian Province May Newsletter   Spain Province May Newsletter

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May 2018 Newsletter

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Easter Greetings from Canada

Posted on March 28, 2018 in: Global News

Easter Card

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Greetings from Rome

Posted on March 28, 2018 in: Global News

Easter Greetings from Casa Loreto

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