The Loreto International Schools’ conference was held at Loreto Queenswood, Pretoria from 25 June to 2 July. The theme of the conference was, ‘Rooted, Responsive and Relevant’. In her opening address, Sr Noelle Corscadden, Institute leader said, ‘Let us be rooted in the gospel and in our tradition and our history. Let us hear and be responsive to the calls and the needs of today’s world and let us be courageous and creative in our response to today’s call, so our Mary Ward schools will go forward and continue to be relevant in the twenty-first century.’
The Ministry of Health in Kenya presented an award to Sr Mary Owens ibvm, Executive Director of Nyumbani, on 28 June in appreciation of her timeless service and dedication to the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Program. This program provides quality HIV care, treatment and support to those infected and affected by HIV in Kenya and is part of the Ministry of Health’s National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP).
Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry, second only to the drug trade in financial gain and is estimated to involve around 21 million people. It is an industry which feeds off poverty, lack of education and desperation. No country is immune from the inroads of slavery – some send slaves around the world and others receive, but all are involved
The Loreto Girls Secondary School (LGSS) in Rumbek, South Sudan has a tradition of ‘school families’ which provide the girls with role models who have previously completed the rigorous LGSS program. An incoming Senior 1 student has a ‘mother’ in Senior 2, and a ‘grandmother’ and ‘great-grandmother’ in Senior 3 and 4, respectively. These families extend to the first graduates of the Loreto School (Class of 2011) – young women who have now graduated from university
The Loreto Sisters established the Mary Ward Grant in 2000 to support women in specialist or post-graduate study of theology, spirituality and pastoral ministry, or completing under-graduate study. To date, 135 grants have been awarded to 102 deserving recipients.
Mary Ward Grant Applications for 2018 are now open and are due by Wednesday, 11 October 2017. While priority is given to Catholic lay women, all applications are considered.
For many the image of the UN is of a large, ponderous bureaucracy striving for world order against insuperable odds – while there may be a grain of truth in this it is far from the truth. Having just come back from working for four months in the IBVM/Loreto Sisters Non-Government Office at the UN I now have the time to reflect on our work and the work of the United Nations. The Loreto Sisters join in the work of other religious congregations, other faiths and not for profit organisations at the UN in bringing the voice of civil society and the grass roots experiences of the people they represent to the floor of the UN.
Spending four months at the United Nations with the IBVM/Loreto non-government office provides a unique opportunity to view refugees from a global perspective…