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.

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.



Welcome to meet with Loreto Sisters in a relaxed environment at Loreto House, Beaufort, Rathfarnham on Saturday April 22nd from 11-3.


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Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonised by Pope Francis


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 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)



Rumbek/South Sudan Updates

While May brought with it more hunger and insecurity we were able to continue our work.  South Sudan has unfortunately earned the title as “the most fragile country in the world”.  We continue to focus on helping our students and with the arrival of the rainy season it’s all about cultivation and planting – you can see we have already started with the trees.   Thank you for your ongoing support.
Please read the latest newsletter under the section Rumbek/South Sudan.


IBVM/UN Updates

There are lots of exciting news and information from the NGO Office and our Network around the world.  Our amazing team in New York salutes you!  We share infomation and impressions on the recent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, The Commission on the Status of Women, International Day of Happiness, and Impact Investment.  Please read more under the IBVM/UN section and see link for the recent May Newsletter.