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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 our lives. Join us as we explore the Christian tradition and the latest scientific findings. Together, we will explore how the practices of Mindfulness, Meditative Prayer, and Gratitude can lessen the stress we experience, boost brain function, increase our awareness, and improve t...

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Event 2019 Registration

Posted on July 05, 2019 in: Development

Online registration is now open for the Event 2019, "Dedicated to the Ones We Love". Register Here  

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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 of the Loretto Sisters 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton through December 13th. The following items are requested: Rice, brown or white Beans, pinto or lentils Canned corn & other vegetables Cereal Pancake mix, add water only Syrup Flour Sugar Coffee Tea Christ...

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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 deceased who have been enrolled in the IBVM Office of Development Memorial Program throughout the year.   Refreshments will be served afterwards in the lobby. Please RSVP by emailing  development@ibvm.us  or calling us 630-682-9097 or 630-653-4740 ...

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Register Now for the 2018 Gala!

Posted on August 01, 2018 in: Development

 25th Annual Gala September 23, 2018 Auction 2:00 PM    Dinner 4:00 pm $85.00 per person / $680.00 Table of 8  GALA   REGISTRATION If you are unable to attend the Gala, please consider an  Auction Angel Donations More About the Gala

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Save The Date - Gala 2018

Posted on May 15, 2018 in: Development

Save The Date - Gala 2018
September 23, 2018 Loretto Gala    

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JPIC Calendar November

Posted on October 31, 2019 in: JPIC

Download the JPIC Calendar HERE  

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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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"Sips of Faith"  Is Back Saturday, Nov. 2
All IBVM Companions, Sisters and Friends Welcome!  Join us for our monthly, casual, drop-in coffee time at Panera Bread in Wheaton. The back room is reserved just for us!  Our next gathering will be Saturday, November 2nd, from 10-11:30, at Panera Bread in Wheaton. We will provide a devotional for the day to read and discuss. No need to prepare – just come, sip, and share!    Please join us and bring a friend!      

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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  JPIC Webpages.   The Core Circle welcomes your feedback - contact them here.

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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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Diane's Health Hints

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: General News

Diane's Health Hints
Diane's Health Hints, September edition, is here!   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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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 were devastated as well as the town of Plainfield and many others. Sister Mary Keenan IBVM, the principal of the school and Gloria Sanchez, a young woman who taught music, were killed inside the school. The clock had surviv...

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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 recognizes the systemic issues that create vulnerability to exploitation, especially in women and children.  Respond to these vulnerabilities through gender-sensitive, age-appropriate strategies throughout a person’s life...

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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 trafficking through share holder advocacy. Four areas are noteworthy: Hotels/Airports: The result of partnerships that have been devoted to addressing sex trafficking taking place in hotels and through airline travel is remark...

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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 Toronto, Canada. This part covers the journey from Dublin to the New World, finally arriving at Toronto. Sr. Theresa Dease, as she is known at this point of her life, is a courageous young woman, following the path that Go...

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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 content and use it for conversations and other aspects of your work and life. The issue is serious. Human trafficking is growing in spite of all the efforts. However we just have to trust that, with time, effort and constancy of mem...

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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 their needs: housing,food, clothing, physical and mental health care and safety.  It is mandatory that the necessary steps be established for them to remain in the United States while pursuing their asylum. ...

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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

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 called to look back over my life.  It certainly has taken some unexpected twists and turns over the years.  I was born on May 3, 1820, the eldest of five children.  My childhood years were good, and not unusual in any...

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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.” With 15 sisters (plus our two facilitators) from seven countries, and that many different accents, we came to appreciate internationality in a new way.  The two weeks in the setting of Maryholme, Roche’s Point, O...

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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 Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 18, 1940.  She was the daughter of Austin and Bridie (Lenehen) Marry. She entered the Novitiate in Loreto Convent, Navan, on October 17, 1958.  A few years later she came from Ireland to join the Sisters and st...

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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 parish, Esther O'Mara, IBVM and Elizabeth Crotty, IBVM. Please bring a flower to present.

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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 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 our source and forward to our future.  The Affiliate program was first introduced to the General Council in Toronto in 1981 but wasn’t approved until eight years later.  The first Associates were received...

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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 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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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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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: 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 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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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 #GivingTuesday a huge success!  #MaryWardCenterChicago #WomenInTimeWillDoMuch#MWCScholarshipsForClasses

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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 in: Anawim Arts

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

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 concern.

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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 in: Anawim Arts

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 born in Trim, County Meath, Ireland. In 1954 she entered the Loreto Convent at Navan, County Meath. Then, in 1957 moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began teaching at SS Simon & Jude Parish.  She was an excellent educator, influencing the lives of thousands o...

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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.  Irene was the eldest of six children and attended Loretto Academy, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  Throughout her life Irene was blessed with a loving family; her brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews and the next generation.  Upon graduation, she en...

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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 the food she serves – this week barbecued chicken, salad, peaches, yogurt and a variety of desserts.   I watched Ann as she set up the operation for her kitchen crew, first plates in position, then the large tubs...

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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.  Refreshments will be served, so it is important that Pulte has an estimate of the number who will attend the dedication.  Please respond ASAP to ibvmjudy@aol.com if you plan to join us on Tuesday, June 12, at 10:30 am.

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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.   Safe Zones Bill  (SB 35) This bill would direct the Illinois Attorney General to develop model policies for courthouses, schools, and medical facilities to limit interactions with Immigration and Customs Enf...

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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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Social Justice Resource Center

Posted on April 30, 2018 in: JPIC

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 wanted to be sure the rest of the world was ready for a beautiful, but explosive, personality.  On January 26, 1934, God gifted us with the joy of del Rey Waite (Nancy Lee Waite).  As God knew, every moment after that, until the day she was called home, was a surprise! ...

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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 and RCIA at St. Gregory Parish. Upon retirement, Concepta volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society until she returned to Ireland in 2007. Concepta served the Phoenix Community for 22 years and has touched many with her teaching skills, but even more importantly, her love...

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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 Sisters at St. Bride Elementary School. For much of her childhood she lived with her cousins, the Hollands.   Her cousin, Larry, wrote this of Jane: “Before you were Jane, you were Gail Before the sister you became, you were the sister we needed Love - y...

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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 was the daughter of William J. Ryan and Julia (O’Donoghue) Ryan. She was one of nine children - four of whom were dedicated to the Lord’s service: two Loreto Sisters - Sr. Teresita and Sr. Celine, a Presentation sister, Sr. Sheila, and Fr. James, OFM Cap. Teresita ...

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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 departed this world leaning into the love of her God. What really mattered for her was not the bookends of birth and death but the middle time of life. Her middle time consisted of three passions: books, library work and traveling. She was a book enthusiast, reading some books twi...

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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 profound. I believe they formed the foundation, the anchor, that provided Mary with the grounding she needed to live her life. Although Mary did not have an easy life, God was her lifelong companion. I’m sure that God was right there beside her to grasp her hand and guide h...

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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 family by her seven brothers and sisters. The Pendletons lived in St. Lawrence Parish on the south side of Chicago. As a true “south sider”, Pat was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox. She never missed a game on the radio or TV and would attend in person if at all possib...

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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 a time. Her journey as an IBVM has been one of love, faith, trust and discovery.  As she has said, “a journey sometimes on a mountain top, sometimes in a valley, but always in the sunshine of God’s love.” Sharon was an educator, teaching first grade, (&...

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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 A freedom to refer all to God And a readiness to follow the way Of justice and sincerity In lightness of spirit This is the charism that Mary Ward desired To shine through all our words and works"   Jean embodied the Constitutions. She was definit...

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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."                                                      Like each one of us, Rita Rzeppa was a complex person. To quote Yoda in one ...

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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 final profession ring many years ago. She lived those words throughout her life in both the good times and in the times that were really tough on her.   Anyone who has experienced the loss of sight as Therese did knows the limitations and the challenges that come your way ...

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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 Loretto Woodlawn, she entered the IBVM in 1948. Miriam's passion was education. She began as an elementary school teacher at St. Bride in Chicago and continued her studies to become an administrator and guidance counselor in both California and Arizona. Many of her 31 yea...

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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, there was laughter (Mary herself caused laughter— she had an amazing sense of humor), there were tears of sadness (we will miss her), joy (Mary has won the race and has received the prize) and remem-brance (Mary brought tears to our eyes, she also wiped away our tears and...

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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 reading and had almost exhausted the collection at the Wheaton library. In addition, Mary also kept current with America, Commonweal, Theological Studies, and Time or Newsweek. Whenever you visited her at the Life Center she was reading. Mary was an accomplished musician, seamstress...

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