Today Loreto Sisters and their colleagues are actively involved in planning, providing, advocating for and funding welfare and social services.
Some Loreto Sisters work as chaplains or in educational support with young offenders and other groups in prison such as Elisabeth Keane ibvm. Sr Elisabeth has been visiting the Numinbah Correctional Centre for women in the Gold Coast Hinterland each week since 2000. The compassionate presence of volunteers who choose to stand with these people, who are often “out of sight and out of mind”, continues the commitment of Jesus to be with those living on the margins.
IBVM Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking
The following statement was adopted at the General Congregation held in September 2014 at Loyola, Spain.
As members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an international and multicultural congregation of women religious, we pledge to work for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and its causes, particularly among women and children, wherever we live and minister.
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH)
The Loreto Sisters and their colleagues, in Australia and across the globe, work to give a voice to those who are trafficked into sexual, social or labour slavery.
In Australia the Loreto Sisters join the other 190 religious congregations in their support of ACRATH’s efforts to provide support for the victims of slavery and to raise awareness and share information about human trafficking.
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Past MWIA volunteer in Darjeeling, India.
Elisabeth Keane ibvm volunteers at a Correctional Centre for women in Queensland.