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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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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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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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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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