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Entries for 2019

Advent Retreat - RSVP Today!

Posted on October 18, 2019 in: Companions

Advent Retreat - RSVP Today!
Advent Retreat “Mindfulness, Meditative Prayer and Gratitude” Saturday December 14, 201 9 am – 3pm Led by Anne Kertz Kernion It’s a miracle! Science has confirmed what the Christian mystics have taught us for centuries: Living in the present moment enhances ou...

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Download below the latest news from IBVM NGO office at the UN.  Previous issues can be found here.

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Below is the third part of a five-part story about the life of Reverend Mother Teresa Dease, who founded the North American Branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, aka the Loretto Sisters.  She was a woman of faith, courage and love—a true daughter of Mary Ward.  The first part of this series covered her life from birth until she left Dublin with her companions to ...

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Holiday Appeal 2019

Posted on December 09, 2019 in: Development

Holiday Appeal 2019
Prayer is powerful in many ways.  Asking for prayers for ourselves, a family member or friend, and being asked for prayers by others, is something that we regularly witness in our lives.  An unexpected gift of prayer can immediately give you a warm feeling and let you know you are not alon...

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IBVM Arts Ministry

Posted on December 07, 2019 in: Global News

Our new IBVM Ministry Arts is launched this weekend.  The introduction to this exciting new international ministry is now on Anawimarts website.   Currently, on the website, is the work of featured artist, Annie Bromham, IBVM. Congratulations to all the artists who gathered at Maryhome in Toronto earlier this year, for this innovative new ministry. Be sure to check...

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Holiday Sip & Paint!

Posted on December 04, 2019 in: Development

Holiday Sip & Paint!
Thursday, December 5!  Join us for our next Sip & Paint at the Sipping Muse in downtown Wheaton on Thursday, December 5 from 4 PM until 7 PM.  Cost is $40 per person and includes all supplies, a light dinner, and beverages.  This time we will be painting 3 glass Christmas ornament...

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#givingtuesday 2019

Posted on December 04, 2019 in: JPIC

#givingtuesday 2019
  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!  We raised over $4000 for our #givingtuesday campaign to support the Kino Border Initiative.  We couldn't have done it without you!  Thank you to everyone who donated.  We appreciate your support so very much.  ...

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Our Latest Connections is out now!

Posted on November 20, 2019 in: Development

Our latest edition of Connections is out now!  Click the link below for the Fall/Winter 2019 Connetions!   Connections Fall/Winter 2019    

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Newsletter from Spanish Provence

Posted on November 17, 2019 in: Global News

October Issue of Connecta 86 is now available

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Nov. and Dec. House of Prayer

Posted on October 30, 2019 in: General News

The HOP for November and December is available to dowload below.

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New JPIC Section on Website!

Posted on October 20, 2019 in: JPIC

New JPIC Section on Website!
The JPIC Core Circle is pleased to announce the release of a new section dedicated to Justice and Peace.  You are invivted to explore the pages and learn about the work that is being done throughout the Province and how you can join the efforts.  Click here  to view the  JPI...

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It's Your Planet - UN Update

Posted on October 18, 2019 in: Global News

Report on Climate Action from the UN is now available to download below.

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"It's Your World" - UN Update

Posted on September 18, 2019 in: Global News

Download below the latest news from IBVM NGO office at the UN

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Loretto Event 2019

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: Development

Our new and updated 2019 Loretto Event was a success!  Thanks to all who donated, attended, volunteered, and contributed.  A very special thank you to Megon McDonough and Peter Polzak for performing hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  "Dedicated to the Ones We Love" was a fun time for our sisters, friends, donors, staff, and all who were able to attend this year!  Click...

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News from South Asia

Posted on September 01, 2019 in: Global News

The South Asia Province June-August Newsletter has arrived.  Click below to download.

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Our IBVM history has many beautiful, wonderful experiences. As I look at the clock in my office I remember wonderful times of liturgies, meetings, and happy memories. This clock, however, has another memory. On Tuesday, August 28, 1990 at 3:27 p.m. a tornado blew through Plainfield, Crest Hill, Joliet, Illinois and other nearby towns at 250-350 m.p.h.  St. Mary Immaculate Church and School...

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STOP Trafficking in Persons!

Posted on September 01, 2019 in: JPIC

Human trafficking is an extreme human rights violation and an impediment to the United Nations Sustainable Goal as recognized in Agenda 2020 target 16.2.  In the weeks to come, we ask you to respond to the each of the five A’S  - Adopt, Attend, Adhere, Allocate, Address demand. ADOPT an action-oriented approach to prevent human trafficking, which recogni...

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Sept/Oct House of Prayer

Posted on August 26, 2019 in: General News

You can download the current House of Prayer below.

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Better Companies, Better World

Posted on August 20, 2019 in: JPIC

Adapted from Better Companies, Better World            by Linda Haydock, SNJM A powerful alliance is formed when religious women and men, ecumenical and interfaith groups, and non-profit partners bring their faith to bear in boardroom of the largest corporations in the world. In twenty years, there are many accomplishments in addressing human tr...

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July Casa Loreto Newsletter

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: Global News

Download the current newsletter from Casa Loreto and see "What's Happening" in the global IBVM world!

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Below is the second part of a five part story about the life of Reverend Mother Teresa Dease, who founded the North American Branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Loretto Sisters.  She was a woman of faith, courage and love—a true daughter of Mary Ward.  The first part covered her life from birth until she left Dublin with her companions to begin a new mission in ...

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The Cause for Mary Ward

Posted on August 03, 2019 in: Global News

Attached you will find a request for prayers and information from Elizabeth Cotter IBVM, Vice Postulator Cause of Mary Ward. Can you help?  

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Artists at work - Sipping Muse

Posted on August 03, 2019 in: Development

Artists at work - Sipping Muse
  On July 11th Sisters, Companions and friends gathered at the Sipping Muse in Wheaton for a evening of fun while raising some funds.  Please enjoy the photos from the event.   What artists we have among us!  

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UN Update Special Edition!!

Posted on August 02, 2019 in: Global News

The IBVM UN NGO Office have just released a Special Edition of UN Update on Human Trafficking.   It gives and excellent overview of the work of the Mary Ward Family at the global, continental, national, regional and local levels. It is also an excellent learning tool as it contains a lot of valuable information. We encourage the members of our network worldwide to engage with the co...

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Statement on Border Abuse

Posted on July 08, 2019 in: JPIC

July 8, 2019 We, the JPIC Circle of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (all IBVMs and Companions), find the conditions and treatment of children and families seeking asylum at the U.S./ Mexico border to be deplorable, heinous and unacceptable.  We are demanding that our elected officials, the members of the U.S. Congress, provide all that is necessary to meet...

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June Issue of Connecta 86 is now available.

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Our Latest edition of Connections is here!
Our Spring/Summer 2019 Connections is now available online.  Featured in this edition is a wonderful article about our Mary Ward Center, a ministry serving the needs of many in south Chicago.   CLICK HERE  

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UN Update

Posted on June 28, 2019 in: JPIC

The latest edition of "It's Your World" from the IBVM UN NGO office is now available to download.  Previous editions can be found HERE.

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Jul./Aug. House of Prayer

Posted on June 28, 2019 in: General News

You can download the current House of Prayer below.

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Sip & Paint Night July 11th

Posted on June 19, 2019 in: Development

Space is limited -- SIgn up now! For event details and to register online: www.thesippingmuse.com/event/fundraiser-ibvm/

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Below is the first of a five part story about the life of Reverend Mother Teresa Dease, who founded the North American Branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Loretto Sisters.  She was a woman of faith, courage and love—a true daughter of Mary Ward.  I hope you enjoy her story. Cindy Langlois, IBVM Today, on the occasion of my sixtieth birthday, I feel ca...

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IBVM Artists Gather in Canada

Posted on June 15, 2019 in: General News

What happens when the IBVM artists, musicians and writers are gathered together for a Conversation Circle?  Simply put, dynamism thrives.  We were called together certainly to connect and possibly network, but also to address Call 2b…”Challenge our artists, musicians, and writers, to create materials and images that evoke our world’s reality and our response to it.&rdq...

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News covering March - May from the South Asia Province can be downloaded below.

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Gabrielle Marry, IBVM

Posted on June 03, 2019 in: In Memoriam

Gabrielle Marry, IBVM
We ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of our dear sister Gabrielle Marry, IBVM Who died June 2, 2019 in her 79th year and in the 61st year of her religious life. May she rest in peace. Sister Gabrielle Marry, I.B.V.M. (Marie Therese Marry) was the first baby born in the new Lou...

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May Update from LCWR

Posted on June 02, 2019 in: General News

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RSVP for the BBQ!

Posted on May 10, 2019 in: General News

RSVP for the BBQ!
Sisters, Companions & Friends Let's Celebrate Summer! A BBQ Lunch June 1, 2019 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm More details RSVP by May 15th      

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May Crowning on May 19th

Posted on May 10, 2019 in: General News

  IBVM Sisters and Companions of Mary Ward Are Invited May Crowning St. Margaret Mary Parish Sunday, May 19, 2019 Following the 12 Noon Mass.  The statue was at home at Loretto Convent in Wheaton for many years. Now it will have a new home at St. Margaret Mary Parish in the side chapel in honor of two IBVM Sisters who started Faith Formation (Catechism Classes) at the pa...

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Wisdom Writing Circles

Posted on March 22, 2019 in: Anawim Arts

Three week session begins April 18, 2019.  Learn More. This series is co-sponsored by Anawim Arts and the Wheaton Franciscans Tau Center.

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Poetry Tribute Reading

Posted on March 22, 2019 in: Anawim Arts

Anawim Arts Presents.... A Poetry Reading Tribute to Mary Oliver April 14, 2019 3-5pm Poets are invited to submit original works Learn More

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Long time Companions, Roger and Kitty Schiltz, recently welcomed asylum seekers at the border.  Learn about their experience at the Respite Center in McAllen, Tx.

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From Cynthia and Cecilia in the NGO office, comes the 5th edition of "towards Global Citizenship".  You may download a copy or read it online.

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News from Eastern Africa

Posted on March 18, 2019 in: Global News

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

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Orla Treacy, IBVM was recognized as an International Women of Courage honoree for her work in South Sudan.  Congratualtions Sr. Orla!  Read the full story.  

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Mary Catherine Spatz, IBVM

Posted on March 03, 2019 in: In Memoriam

Mary Catherine Spatz, IBVM
Mary Catherine Spatz, IBVM Entered Life - May 1, 1929 Entered Religious Life - September 8, 1947 Entered Eternal Life - February 27, 2019 May She Rest In Peace Reflection for Mary Catherine Spatz, IBVM given by Rosemary Lynch, IBVM Obituary 

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News from South Asia

Posted on March 03, 2019 in: Global News

The January Newsletter from the South Asia Province is available.

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Introducing the Companions

Posted on February 06, 2019 in: General News

“How happy a thing it is to love God and serve Him and seek Him.”  Mary Ward   How happy a thing it is that for 30 years Associates and Sisters have joined together in loving, seeking and serving! Today we are pleased to announce the official new name of the Associates: COMPANIONS OF MARY WARD   In the spirit of our 2018 Assembly theme, we look back to ...

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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 t...

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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 hon...

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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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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 o...

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Hidden Treasures

Posted on January 01, 2019 in: Province Archives

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...

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