Foundation in the United States
In 1880, an invitation was extended to Teresa Dease to open a community of the Institute in Joliet, Illinois, and to begin a school there. In the course of time Loretto provided staff for four parish schools in Joliet: St Mary’s, St Patrick’s, St. Bernard’s and Sacred Heart. After Mother Theresa’s death in 1989 the IBVM American Region continued to expand with the founding of new Academies in Chicago, Sault St Marie and California. Today Loretto Sisters in the United States are serving in a variety of ministries beyond the classroom, working in various pastoral ministries and among the disadvantaged and marginalized. The Institute in the United States is now present in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.