Welcome to our final edition of the Loreto Networker for 2018
It is significant that, as we approach the end of the Church’s year, we mark a month of remembering, centered around the great feasts of All Souls and All Saints. Our thoughts and prayers go out to friends, family and members of our wider circle of friends who have suffered bereavement across the past twelve months, especially to those who have loved and lost three members of our province: Margaret Gray ibvm, Mary Murray ibvm and Angela Kennedy ibvm. Our faith sustains us in the knowledge that they now belong to a great cloud of witnesses and continue to pray with and for us.
Remembrance Day in mid-November calls us to contemplate the impact of war on the lives of so many across our history. The Invictus Games, which will be held in Sydney at the end of this month, will certainly remind us of this impact, but will also be a wonderful celebration of courage, resilience, togetherness and joy.
The American celebration of Thanksgiving, at the end of November, reminds us of the importance of taking time to remember and give thanks. Our Loreto office staff will be doing just that later in the month when we gather for a day of reflection, during which we will contemplate the graces, gifts and challenges of 2018.
On behalf of the Loreto network I would like to remember and give thanks for the dedicated service of the following friends who have contributed much to the richness and depth of our Loreto network:
Barbara Watkins who completes eleven years as principal of Loreto Normanhurst.
Frank Malloy member of the Loreto Ministries’ Board for the past three years.
Lucy Christie who concludes sixteen years as member of the Loreto College Mandeville Hall Board.
Orfeo Lazzaretti who concludes six years as member of the Loreto College Coorparoo Board.
Anne Barker who concludes five years as member of the Loreto College Coorparoo Board.
Craig Slater who has chaired the Loreto Primary School Nedlands Board for the past six years.
Remembering, or re-membering, means to reconnect parts of the body or members, re-connecting the totality. As Province Leader I rejoice in the parts of our Loreto body: IBVM Sisters, our wider circle of friends, members of Loreto Ministries, Loreto Vietnam, Mary Ward International Australia, St Mary’s College, various committees overseeing finance, risk management, communications, formation and the promotion of justice. Across 2018 we have been united in the challenge of building up the body of Christ in this time and place. Maya Angelou reminds me of the kernel of this call:
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realise and remember that everyone else and everything else is God’s creation.
Let us remember and give thanks!
Wendy Hildebrand ibvm
Mary Ward International Australia
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