IBVM’S have been acknowledged and acclaimed leaders in Education, both here in Canada and in many countries throughout the world. Our historical involvement with education in Canada includes the founding of elementary and secondary schools in the last century as well as extensive involvement in Catholic Separate School Education, particularly in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
The Institute of The Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto) actively fosters an ongoing relationship with schools that have a Loretto name and heritage, as well as schools that are associated with us, or named after the IBVM founder, Mary Ward. We wish to honour and continue our very special connection with all of these schools, both here in Canada and throughout the world.
The IBVM Education Liaison seeks to nurture an awareness and understanding of IBVM /Ignatian spirituality in these school communities. Through her visits and communication with these school communities, the IBVM Education Liaison, Jane Dunbar, provides students and teachers with an opportunity to learn about current IBVM initiatives in Canada and throughout the world, and to become better acquainted with the extraordinary life, ministry and charism of our founder Mary Ward.
The promotion of justice and peace is an important aspect of this work. Through the Education Liaison, schools are able to establish links with the worldwide IBVM Justice and Peace Network and with the NGO office at the United Nations in New York.