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Election Day Prayer

Posted on November 01, 2020 in: General News

Election Day Prayer
In union with Sisters and friends across the country, join us in the Election Day of Prayer on November 3rd.  We have selected the hour of 9:00- 10:00a.m. for IBVM Sisters, Companions and friends. We encourage you to pray for our country and elections, for greater care for the marginalized...

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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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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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News From Canada

Posted on October 09, 2021 in: Global News

The October newsletter from Canada is available below to download or can be read HERE.  Enjoy!

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JPIC Calendar October 2021

Posted on October 02, 2021 in: JPIC US Region

Download this month's JPIC calendar below.    

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Whats Up! September 2021

Posted on September 21, 2021 in: General News

The latest edition of the US Region newsletter is now available to download. Previous Issues are available HERE.

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Statement On Afghanistan

Posted on September 07, 2021 in: JPIC International

Below is the Statement on Afghanistan from the Wheaton Franciscan JPIC.  We are in support of this Statement and, with their permission, share it with you. September 2, 2021 As the US completes its formal military withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, we need to reflect on what we have learned.  In his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, in paragraph 261, Pope Franc...

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Sept/Oct House of Prayer

Posted on September 01, 2021 in: General News

The 2021 September/October House of Prayer is now available to download below.

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The Teresa Ball Legacy

Posted on August 31, 2021 in: General News

  Celebrating 200 Years of Teresa Ball's Legacy Courtsey of the Loretto Archives, Canadian Region Expore the new online exhibit in honour of the bi-centennial of Teresa Ball beginning her foundation in Ireland.

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Diane's Health Hints

Posted on August 30, 2021 in: General News

Diane's Health Hints
Diane's Health Hints, her last edition, is here!    Click below,  to download the current issue. As Diane moves on to a new phase we wish her all the best and are grateful for her years of love and care.  Blessings to you Diane!  

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Sips of Faith Returns 9/4

Posted on August 29, 2021 in: Companions

  Sips of Faith on Zoom All Sisters, Companions and Friends are welcome Saturday September 7th, 10 am  Make a cup of coffee and join in.  No preparation or RSVP required.   Email Dana for the Zoom link.  Hope to see you!

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IBVM Digital Archives

Posted on August 26, 2021 in: Province Archives

Now Live! Explore the digital archive and discover the rich history of the IBVM! Included are photographs and documents that cover a range of topics such as the sister’s arrival in the United States, schools, the 1980 Centennial and more. The digital archive is a long-term project, and new content will be added on a regular basis. Please contact the archives with any questions, comments o...

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IBVM BBQ

Posted on August 17, 2021 in: General News

IBVM BBQ
Celebrate the End of Summer! IBVM BBQ Sisters, Companions, and Staff Sunday, September 12 1:30 PM 562 Illini Dr. Carol Stream, IL  Bring a lawn chair if you have one!  RSVP Here!

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Launch of Jubilee Year

Posted on August 17, 2021 in: General News

200th IBVM Jubilee Some exciting resources to look back and reflect on our past. Archive News - Newsletter of the IBVM: Institute and Irish Province Archives The Beginning is Everything; 200 years of IBVM (Loreto Branch)

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News From the UN

Posted on July 21, 2021 in: Global News

Un Update No. 47 June 2021 

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Maria Sheerin, IBVM

Posted on July 19, 2021 in: In Memoriam

Maria Sheerin, IBVM
Maria Sheerin, IBVM Entered Life: October 29, 1930 Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1948 Entered Eternal Life:  July 18, 2021 "With Him and in Him, through Mary." May she rest in peace. Obituary  

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Set Your DVR's

Posted on June 19, 2021 in: Companions

Amanda Longe-Asque and her Surgeon, Dr Bharat, will be featured on WGN on Tuesday June 22nd at 9pm.  Amanda is doing amazingly well.  She is working hard all day, every day, at the Rehab center and hopes to be going home soon. Amanda's Go Fund Me

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Zoom Invite to All

Posted on June 13, 2021 in: Global News

Zoom Invite to All
Living Laudato Si'  June 16, 7:00 am CST Zoom Please join the global Mary Ward Family for the online launch of the Laudato Si' 7 year Action Plan.  Our very own Carrie Goodale will be sharing our part of the this exciting new endeavor.  Set your alarm, grab some coffee ...

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End Child Labor

Posted on June 12, 2021 in: JPIC International

Mary Ward Family Pledges to Raise Global Awareness to End Child Labor Here's How You Can Help

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Mary Ward's Cause

Posted on May 31, 2021 in: Global News

News from Rome....

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Mary Ward JPIC Newsletter
The latest news from the Mary Ward JPIC Office is now available to download below.  This issue includes articles from all across the globe.  Be sure to read page 6 and learn more about our work here in the US.

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MWC Thriving During COVID

Posted on May 21, 2021 in: General News

MWC Thriving During COVID
The past year has been quite different to say the least.  We have all taken to technology and the internet in ways we never have would have imagined before.  Offices closed, work remote became the norm, businesses shut their doors, and people stayed home.  But that is n...

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JPIC Awards Grant to HHH

Posted on May 19, 2021 in: JPIC US Region

JPIC Awards Grant to HHH
Harmony Hope and Healing is a Chicago non-profit where vulnerable individuals can rebuild themselves through the restorative power of music.  Started in 2003 by Marge Nykaza, our connection to HHH was there right from the start.  Marge was in grad school and began a program at St...

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Breathe As One

Posted on May 05, 2021 in: Global News

Join the Mary Ward Family Global Prayer May 8th at 6:00 am CST. Click HERE to Register  Pray in solidarity with and for all those impacted by COVID-19. Sponsored By     

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How Catholic Sisters are Helping to Save the Earth -- and You Can Too Sponsored by Global Sisters Report Presented by Sr. Sheila Kinsey and Sr. Melinda Roper Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2 p.m. Central Catholic sisters have long been involved in efforts to protect the environment, address climate change and care for creation. Join Sr. Sheila Kinsey from Rome and Sr. Melinda Roper from Darien...

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News from the UN

Posted on March 31, 2021 in: Global News

The March issue of "It's Your World" is available to download below.  Earlier editions can be found on our publications page.

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Archives Needs Your Help!

Posted on March 06, 2021 in: Province Archives

Archives Needs Your Help!
So Many Photos ... So Little Information!   Can you help us identify some of our old photographs?  Take a walk down memory lane and see if you can help!   Click HERE  

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Mary Ward Service Video

Posted on January 25, 2021 in: General News

Recorded on January 24, 2021, the Mary Ward Service from York is available on Vimeo.   This ecumenical celebration of the life and legacy of Mary Ward is presented by J. Nobel.   Enjoy.  

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Mary Ellen Beck, IBVM

Posted on January 19, 2021 in: In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Beck, IBVM
Mary Ellen Beck, IBVM Entererd Life:  February 8, 1933 Entered Religious Life:  September 15, 1950 Entered Eternal Life:  January 19, 2021 "Thy will be done." May she rest in peace. Video of Sr. Mary Ellen's Celebration of Life

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US Capitol Violence

Posted on January 10, 2021 in: JPIC US Region

Statement Regarding January 6, 2021 US Capitol Violence In keeping with Mary Ward’s call and charism of freedom, justice and integrity, we her community, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, join with more than 1300 other leaders of Catholic sisters nationwide as we make this statement: We, the Leadership of the IBVM, join with LCWR and with the world in praying for peace after wi...

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News From South Sudan

Posted on January 05, 2021 in: JPIC US Region

Learn more about the IBVM ministry in Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan.  The ministry continues to thrive under the leadership of Orla Treasy, IBVM and her wonderful staff!    The First Annual Report is available for us all .  Enjoy.

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Mary Ward JPIC Newsletter

Posted on November 30, 2020 in: JPIC US Region

Mary Ward JPIC Newsletter
The current newsletter from the MW JPIC office in Rome is available below.

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Whats Up! Nov. 2020

Posted on November 12, 2020 in: General News

Now available to download.

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Vocations Awareness Week

Posted on November 03, 2020 in: General News

November 1 -  7, 2020 National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life. Pray for Vocations

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Special Edition of What's Up

Posted on November 01, 2020 in: General News

The US Newsletter, What's Up has just released a special edition dedicated to Mary Ward.

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New Mary Ward App

Posted on October 14, 2020 in: Union

Just Released for Iphone and Android You can now participate in a Mary Ward pilgrimage right from the comfort of your home!  The On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward App, covers 7 key destinations of the major Mary Ward pilgrimage in Europe. This App is a new and exciting resource can be used freely by all. On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward  will spark memories if you have visite...

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What's Up - US

Posted on September 30, 2020 in: General News

The September issue of the US IBVM newsletter is available to download.  Enjoy!

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News from Canada

Posted on September 29, 2020 in: Global News

The Fall Issue of What's Up, the IBVM Canada newsletter, is available to download.

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UN Handbook

Posted on September 22, 2020 in: Global News

The Loreto JPIC India office has created a UN Handbook full of historic and current information.  This is a great resource to learn more about our relastionship with the UN.   A PowerPoint is also available for downloading below.

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Sept/Oct House of Prayer

Posted on August 27, 2020 in: General News

The 2020 September/October House of Prayer is now available to download below.

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News From Canada

Posted on July 29, 2020 in: General News

The July issue of What's Up! is available below.

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Peg Ivers, IBVM

Posted on July 29, 2020 in: In Memoriam

Peg Ivers, IBVM
Peg Ivers, IBVM Entererd Life:  December 15, 1937 Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1955 Entered Eternal Life:  July 28, 2020 "My vocation is love." May she rest in peace. Sr. Margaret “Peg” Ivers was born in Chicago and entered the IBVM in...

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US Province Newsletter

Posted on July 25, 2020 in: General News

Summer 2020 Edition available below.

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Mary Ward's Open Circle, A Metaphor for Today
The IBVM Arts Ministry/Anawin Art just released a new video.  It is timely and very thought provoking.  Watch it HERE.

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UN Update June 2020

Posted on June 15, 2020 in: Publications

The June edition of It's Your World form our UN office is now available.  Click below.

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Companion Bill Durborough

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: Companions

  Hats off to our Companion Bill Durborough in Sacramento.  His work to help the poor and homeless in the area is highlighted on the Februrary edition of Catholic Viewpoint: Faith, Hope, and Love,  hosted by Fr. Michael Kiernan.   Let his work inspire you! Watch the Video Here  

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Anawim Arts

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: General News

Anawim Arts has announed a Special Edition: Art in the Tme of the Corona Virus.   The are accepting contributions reflecting the various experiences of the pandemic.    Be sure to check out the poem and painting from Arlene Ashack, IBVM.  

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IBVM Leadership News

Posted on March 29, 2020 in: General News

March edition is now available below.

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Mary Ward, Coronavirus and Us

Posted on March 23, 2020 in: General News

Mary Ward, Coronavirus and Us
  I am often filled with awe that there seems to be nearly no situation that might be unknown to Mary Ward. Of course, she did not know the coronavirus, but she certainly experienced limitations and detention in times of illness and infectuous diseases. In 1631, after the suppression of M...

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News from Canada

Posted on March 06, 2020 in: Global News

January/February Edition of What's Up is available to download below.

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Time Capsule

Posted on February 29, 2020 in: Province Archives

The IBVM time capsule from 1962 was recently opened.  All items have been photographed and are available to all to view.  Click here.

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"It's Your World"

Posted on February 28, 2020 in: Publications

The February update from the UN is available to download below.  Previous issues can be found HERE.

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House of Prayer March-April

Posted on February 28, 2020 in: General News

The March/April House of Prayer is now available to download.

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Connections - Annual Report

Posted on February 26, 2020 in: Development

The 2018 - 2019 Annual Report has been published.  Download the latest edition of Connections below to read it.

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Mary Ward Center

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

The Mary WarD Center Winter Newsletter is here.  Download below.

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IBVM Leadership News

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: Publications

The February newsletter is available to download below.

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Mary Alfred Guillard, IBVM

Posted on February 14, 2020 in: In Memoriam

Mary Alfred Guillard, IBVM
Mary Alfred Guillard, IBVM Entered Life - September 13, 1927 Entered Religious Life - January 18, 1945 Entered Eternal Life - February 13, 2020 "Lord Serves." “Love Serves!”  Sister Mary Alfred chose those two words as her motto to lead and guide her t...

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Leadership Newsletter

Posted on February 14, 2020 in: General News

February newsletter from US Leadership is now available.

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Mary Ward Week 2020

Posted on January 23, 2020 in: Global News

Mary Ward Week  2020
  Attached is this years reflection booklet for Mary Ward Week.   This year’s Mary Ward Week resource booklet has been collated and edited by two Indian members, Prabina IBVM and Manjusha CJ in India. Once again, the contributors come from many different parts of our Mary ...

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Maria Bierer, IBVM

Posted on January 03, 2020 in: In Memoriam

Maria Bierer, IBVM
Maria Bierer, IBVM Entered Life - July 31, 1933 Entered Religious Life - September 8, 1952 Entered Eternal Life - December 29, 2019 "I am your reed, Sweet Shepherd, glad to be." Maria Bierer, IBVM was a daughter of Mary Ward who, early in the 17th century, was alr...

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House of Prayer Jan-Feb

Posted on January 03, 2020 in: General News

The January thru February House of Prayer is available to download below.

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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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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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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 US Region

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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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 US Region

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 US Region

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 US Region

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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UN Update

Posted on June 28, 2019 in: JPIC US Region

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

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

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 US Region

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
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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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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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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del Rey Waite, IBVM

Posted on November 20, 2017 in: In Memoriam

del Rey Waite, IBVM
Entered Life: January 26, 1934   Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1951 Entered Eternal Life:  November 20, 2017 "For Me to Live is Christ"   On January 26, 1934, God was ready to give the world a big surprise, but had to think about it.  God wa...

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Concepta Murtagh, IBVM

Posted on September 27, 2017 in: In Memoriam

Concepta Murtagh, IBVM
Entered Eternal Life:  September 27, 2017. Sister Concepta ministered in Phoenix, Arizona from 1959 to 1963, when she was called back to Ireland to teach math and science in Navan, Ireland. In 1985 she returned to Arizona to teach at St. Simon and Jude School, and then Religious Education an...

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Jane McKirchy, IBVM

Posted on June 17, 2017 in: In Memoriam

Jane McKirchy, IBVM
Entered Life: July 2, 1942   Entered Religious Life: October 8, 1961 Entered Eternal Life:  June 17, 2017 "Giving Thanks and Singing for Joy"   Gail (Sr. Jane Patrice, Sr. Jane) McKirchy was born in 1942 and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She first met the IBVM ...

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Teresita Ryan, IBVM

Posted on March 12, 2017 in: In Memoriam

Teresita Ryan, IBVM
Entered Life:  April 24, 1918 Entered Religious Life:  October 11, 1936   Entered Eternal Life:  March 12, 2017 "To Jesus Through Mary"   Sister Teresita Ryan (Sinead Ryan) was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland on April 24, 1918. She w...

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Alice Whitehead, IBVM

Posted on January 11, 2017 in: In Memoriam

Alice Whitehead, IBVM
Entered Life: April 3, 1913   Entered Religious Life:  August 15, 1932 Born to Eternal Life:  January 11, 2017 " With You, in You, to You"   Alice Whitehead lived the length and width of her life to the fullest for 103 years. And she depa...

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Mary Creighton, IBVM

Posted on January 05, 2017 in: In Memoriam

Mary Creighton, IBVM
Entered Life:  May 29, 1931 Entered Religious Life: September 8, 1949 Entered Eternal Life: January 5, 2017        “My God and my Help!” Mary Creighton chose these words as her motto at Final Profession. These words are few in number but they are prof...

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Patricia Pendleton, IBVM

Posted on December 06, 2016 in: In Memoriam

Patricia Pendleton, IBVM
Entered Life: April, 1932   Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1949 Entered Eternal Life:  December 6, 2016 "Through Him - With Him - In Him"   Patricia Pendleton was born on April 2, 1932 to Mary and Roy Pendleton. She was welcomed to the famil...

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Sharon Whelan, IBVM

Posted on September 28, 2016 in: In Memoriam

Sharon Whelan, IBVM
Entered Life:  October 15, 1934 Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1952 Entered Eternal Life:  September 28, 2016 “In God’s Will is my peace” is the inscription on Sharon Whelan’s profession ring, and was also the motivator for her life, one day at...

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Jean Frye, IBVM

Posted on March 24, 2016 in: In Memoriam

Jean Frye, IBVM
Entered Life:  February 7, 1942 Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1959 Entered Eternal Life:  March 24, 2016 "Unless a Grain of Wheat …"   In our IBVM Constitutions it says "A great love of God An attitude of openness to all good works ...

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Rita Rzeppa, IBVM

Posted on February 11, 2016 in: In Memoriam

Rita Rzeppa, IBVM
Entered Life:  July 30, 1927 Entered Religious Life:  February 2, 1946 Entered Eternal Life:  February 11, 2016  "God is He who is; I am who am not."                   &nbs...

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Therese Fenlon, IBVM

Posted on December 12, 2015 in: In Memoriam

Therese Fenlon, IBVM
Entered Life:  August 17, 1931   Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1949 Entered Eternal Life:  December 12, 2015 "God is my strength and my wisdom." “God is my strength and my wisdom.” Those words were chosen by Therese to be engraved on her fina...

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Miriam Scanlon, IBVM

Posted on July 04, 2015 in: In Memoriam

Miriam Scanlon, IBVM
Entered Life:  October 22, 1930 Entered Religious Life:  September 8, 1948 Entered Eternal Life:  July 4, 2015 " Lord, I come to do your will."   Kathleen, known as Miriam by most of us, was the Irish colleen among her four brothers. After graduating from...

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Mary Gleason, IBVM

Posted on June 27, 2015 in: In Memoriam

Mary Gleason, IBVM
Entered Life:  July 25, 1932   Entered Religious Life:  September 14, 1950 Entered Eternal Life:  June 27, 2015 "Through God, with God and in God"    As we listened to words of remembrance given by Mary’s family, friends and her IBVM Sisters...

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Mary Madigan, IBVM

Posted on March 31, 2015 in: In Memoriam

Mary Madigan, IBVM
Entered Life:  July 25, 1922   Entered Religious Life: August 8, 1940   Entered Eternal Life: March 31, 2015  "The mind in Thee be also in me."   Mary was a real scholar with a doctoral degree in English Literature. She loved rea...

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