Past Students & Friends
Loreto Past Students Associations and ongoing friendships connect the past to the present. Involvement in the Loreto network keeps the spirit of Mary Ward alive and maintains the link between families, our schools and colleges, past and present students and the work of the Loreto Sisters.
Friendships are nurtured, family and school traditions are shared, and opportunities for spiritual growth are provided, networks created and philosophical views respected. Past students organise activities to support and maintain contact with the Loreto community, contribute to and play an active role in local, national and international affairs and give support to those in need.
Past students are increasingly becoming involved with Loreto Justice Circles, Mary Ward International Australia and supporting our mission through membership of Boards and Committees.
Victoria Anderson featured above is just one past student who has carried our Shared Mission though her social justice work. Victoria is a human rights advocate with a particular involvement in the plight of trafficked children in South East Asia.
Federation is the coming together of staff, past-students, family, and friends of Loreto schools from around Australia. It has been held every 2 years since its inception in 1955 when the first one was held at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak.
The Loreto family gathers to fulfill the vision of Mother Gonzaga Barry:
“Would it not be a good thing for all Loreto girls to Federate in a great league for a noble end, viz, to work our patiently, steadily, faithfully, high and holy aims in the daily routine of life’s duties?”
“Federate for something good, with one other, if you cannot find two; with two if you cannot find three; with three if you cannot get more; but set before you at the outset a something that will ennoble your life, your thoughts, your endeavours. Aim at something excellent; our life is largely influenced by what we aim at and our ideals often make our realities.”
“Federate so as to share all the good that is done by each have enthusiasm for your cause be earnest, be persevering, humble, and with God’s aid you will succeed.”
“This set me thinking and wishing our dear Loreto children were a row of goodly pearls. I would string my pearls on a triple cord, strong and sure.”
– Mother Gonzaga Barry IBVM
Photos from the top:
Past student Victoria Anderson speaking about her work combating human trafficking at the MWIA Day of the Girl Child Breakfast.