Message from the CEO
Dear Friends and supporters of Loreto Ministries,
This year we have made great progress in providing support and access to high quality, inclusive and caring education and offering leadership in response to contemporary needs.
We have a lot to be thankful for and as a growing organisation are delighted to be operating with our full complement, including dedicated staff who work across both Loreto Province and Loreto Ministries:
Finance and Business – Alison Brown
Mission – Anne Muirhead
Communications – Elouise Hahn
Executive Assistant to the CEO – Eva Dixon
Human Resources, Risk & Safety – Patricia Quinn
Education – Paul Ould
In line with our mission and vision we are continuing to work hard to develop and refine our internal policies and procedures. Whether revamping Loreto’s Governance Manual, supporting the development of Loreto’s safeguarding policies, working in the areas of educational research, risk management, governance, we have collaborated with various stakeholders, boards and committees to support the Loreto educational mission across Australia and South East Asia.
Loreto Ministries has developed induction processes for Board Directors, Board Chairs and our new Loreto Centre staff. We have generated extensive resources for our schools and worked with staff groups, boards and student leadership groups on topics related to the Loreto Schools’ Year of Justice. As a Leadership Team we have started to explore Loreto writings on education, which has been both illuminating and challenging.
Plans are already under way for 2019, as we welcome on board a new Executive Director for Loreto Vietnam, lead a pilgrimage to the lands of Mary Ward, host a Colloquium for all board members, organise a national speaking tour of Mary Ward scholar, Elaine McDonald, and explore future possibilities for Loreto education in this land.
In late November the entire Loreto Centre staff gathered for a reflection day focussed on the quality of gratitude. It is with a deep sense of gratitude that we thank members of our Loreto Ministries’ Board for their tremendous and tireless service throughout 2018: Justice Peter Garling, Paul Henderson, Sr Anne Kelly IBVM, Frank Malloy, Dr Judy Smeed and Sr Mary Wright IBVM. Our gratitude is extended to Frank, Anne Barker, Warren Bath, Lucy Christie, Orfeo Lazzaretti, Cameron McDiven, Kate McElhone, Craig Slater and Carmel Taddeo as they conclude many years of service to our Loreto school boards. We pay tribute to Barbara Watkins as she transitions to new challenges beyond Loreto Normanhurst and thank her for her outstanding Loreto leadership. Our prayers and gratitude are also extended to those who are moving on from the Loreto network at the end of the year.
As we prepare to take a break for Christmas, I ask us all to reflect on the work we, as the Loreto family have completed this year – look at what we have achieved, what we did well, and what we can learn from. The New Year gives us the opportunity to start over with renewed vigour, to go beyond what we have achieved in 2018.
One of my favourite quotes that is always in mind as I work with the Loreto network is from the IBVM Constitutions Vol.ii 2.1 “Mission is at the heart of who we are, and love is the driving force that urges us on,” and I believe these words echo the charism of all our ministries.
To you: Loreto Sisters, colleagues in schools and other ministries, Loreto Office staff, suppliers and contractors, we thank you for your encouragement, collegiality and support across 2018, wish you a most blessed Christmas season and look forward to renewed collaboration in the new year. We hope you enjoy our visual reflection on 2018 via this link.
CEO, Loreto Ministries