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IBVM Mass of Remembrance

Posted on October 19, 2018 in: General News

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

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Welcome to the New Site

Posted on March 08, 2018 in: General News

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

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IBVM Statement on Racial Injustice in the U.S.
The Sisters, Companions, and JPIC committee have released a statement on the racial injustice that is happening in the United States.  Please view the statement in the link below.    

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July/August House of Prayer

Posted on June 26, 2020 in: General News

The 2020 July/August Hoise of Prayer is now available to download below.

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Diane's Health Hints June

Posted on June 23, 2020 in: General News

Diane's Health Hints June
Diane's Health Hints, June edition, is here!   Click below,  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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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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Our Mary Ward Center Newsletter for Winter 2020 is out now!  Check out a copy 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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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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Leadership Newsletter

Posted on February 14, 2020 in: General News

February newsletter from US Leadership is now available.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shop Online and Support the Sisters

Posted on November 16, 2018 in: General News

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

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# 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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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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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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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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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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