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Mary Ward's founding vision was to respond to God's call for active engagement in the Church and the world. She was a woman of prayer, perseverance, courage and hope.

Daily Reflection June 2014



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The Unknown God

(Alice Meynell)

ONE of the crowd went up,           

And knelt before the Paten and the Cup,           

Received the Lord, returned in peace, and prayed           

Close to my side; then in my heart I said:           

O Christ, in this man’s life—                  

This stranger who is Thine—in all his strife,           

All his felicity, his good and ill,           

In the assaulted stronghold of his will,           

I do confess Thee here,           

Alive within this life; I know Thee near                 

Within this lonely conscience, closed away           

Within this brother’s solitary day.           

Christ in his unknown heart,           

His intellect unknown—this love, this art,           

This battle and this peace, this destiny                  

That I shall never know, look upon me!           

Christ in his numbered breath,           

Christ in his beating heart and in his death,           

Christ in his mystery! From that secret place           

And from that separate dwelling, give me grace.  

Take a little time to listen to the following piece of music on the theme of Eucharist:  I am the Bread of Life, John Michael Talbot

Loreto Ireland's Website is intended to be an information point for Loreto Sisters, past pupils, schools and those interested in knowing more about the Institute, its work, its ministries and its charism.

Rome Jubilee Celebrations

Pope Benedict XVI greets Mary Ward's followers in St Peter's Square

"Glorious sunshine and bright blue skies greeted the 1,000 pilgrims who travelled to Rome from all over the world from 3-9 October to take part in the 400th anniversary celebrations of the foundation of Mary Ward’s Institute in 1609."

Read more about the events in Rome by Sr Carmel Gallagher, IBVM, on our Jubilee 400 page.


Ireland – Kenya Schools Link Project: 1609 -2009 Initiative



To mark the 400th anniversary of Mary Ward's first apostolic foundation in Saint Omer 1609, the Irish Loreto Education Office decided to embark on a project that would bring together Loreto students from all over Ireland with Loreto Students in Kenya.

Read more about the 1609-2009 Ireland Kenya Schools Link Project.

"I hope in God it will be seen that women in time to come will do much"
Mary Ward (1617)

Frontline Ministries looks at some of the areas where Loreto Sisters are forging new paths congruous to the needs of our times.

Read about their work here:

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"How happy a thing it is to love God and serve Him and seek Him"
Mary Ward (1633)




Oasis Days

If you would like a little time-out but you don't have a lot of time, consider going to the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Manresa, in Dollymount, Dublin 3, for some Oasis days or three-day retreats.  See their website for further details. 


Partners in Faith Workshop and Summer School

Partners in Faith are running a workshop on Scapegoating on 14 June at the Sophia Centre, Cork Street. They are also having a summer school and day of reflection in Glendalough on 19 July.  For further information click on the heading above.