Loreto Sisters and their colleagues are involved in a variety of chaplaincy, parish and pastoral care roles, supporting the, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing of individuals and local communities. These challenging and enriching roles require compassionate presence and sensitivity and their focus on the development of the whole person and active engagement with the local community is at the heart of Mary Wards desire for her companions to discern contemporary needs and address them, to live the Gospel values she so dearly prized. – IBVM Constitutions Vol ii 2.6
Many Loreto Sisters work within local parishes, in varied roles from administrative duties through to organising retreats, providing counseling and support and helping families prepare for baptisms and marriages. Parish ministry generally means participating in the life of the parish and serving the needs of the people.
Below we hear a snapshot of our Sisters works.
At St Thomas the Apostle Parish in Blackburn Margaret Burchell ibvm works in a team with the Parish Priest, Secretary and another Pastoral Associate. Her work is focused around Pastoral Care and Liturgy but can include any need that arises!
Some of the activities include:
- Attending masses and coordinating the rosters and all that’s required for any liturgy
- Organising for the distribution of Communion to the sick and housebound
- Visiting all new parishioners and parishioners in hospital
- Attending funerals and providing support to families
- Sacramental programs for children.
Images from top:
Margaret Burchell ibvm.
Ha Thi Le ibvm conducting the Holy Eucharist Vietnamese children’s choir.
Tran Thi Nga ibvm sharing Ignatian spirituality with a group of young women.
Young women in Timor Leste on their way to a reflection group with Natalie Houlihan ibvm.