IBVM Associate Relationship: Memories of the June 18th, 2011 Gathering

IBVM Associates and Sisters gathered at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre for a special day of reflection on June 18, 2011. Associates Rita Mary Cote and Adrienne Corte were facilitators for this event. Associates and sisters had an opportunity to celebrate their special bond of friendship and spiritual connection through ritual and sharing. Jane McDonell, IBVM Provincial First Councillor...


From left to right: Sally Dunne NGO UN Representative from the Loretto Community, Kentucky, Emily Thenhaus Assistant to the NGO UN Representative of the Loretto Community, Clare Condon Loreto UN Intern, Anne Kelly Loreto UN Representative Amongst the hundreds of NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) working at the United Nations, two have a very special bond.

Slavery in the 21st Century

Slavery for the 15 to 30 million slaves living in 2011 is a daily reality. Characterized by a denial of self determination, these enslaved individuals are forced to work for little or no pay under the control of another person. Trafficking of persons plays a large role in modern day slavery. 75-80% of all human trafficking victims are sold into the sex trade.

Join Online Campaign to End World Poverty

Online Campaign to End World Poverty Are you concerned about the inequitable distribution of wealth and resources in our world? Would you like to make Poverty History for everyone in both the so-called developed and developing worlds?

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre - Sisters Rewarded for Environmental Stewardship

Seeding the wildflower garden at Loretto Maryholme The Loretto Sisters were recognized by the York Region conservation authority as exemplary stewards of the land and the lake during the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s 30th annual conservation awards at Madsen’s Garden and Greenhouses in Newmarket on October 27, 2011. Loretto Maryholme, located at Roche’s Point in...


By: Maria Lanthier IBVM The Issue: Urgent Need for a Canadian National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking Slavery in the 21st Century Last week, I attended a one day York University conference entitled SLAVERY IN THE 21st CENTURY. Martin Van Doren, RCMP co-ordinator for human trafficking awareness in Ontario, stated “Human Trafficking is still prevalent across Canada”. Violent...

Eco Examen Thanksgiving

I pray to be: Grateful for the cosmos and for our planet. Aware of the wonders of the natural world, the intricacies of the ecosystem. More conscious of my place in this complex web of life. Alive to God at work in all creation. Asking Creator God help me to see and understand what great gifts of creation have been given us to cherish and nurture.

UN Conference on Global Health, 2010

Delegates Danielle Forbes, Anne Kelly ibvm, Elissa Barry and Caitlin Leahy enjoying a healthy lunchTwelve Australians, an Irishwoman with many years of experience in Eastern Africa and a Kenyan represented Loreto at the United Nations Conference on Global Health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS), held in Melbourne, Australia, from 30 Aug to 1 Sept 2010.

Loretto College hosts tea in support of Mary Ward Social Centre & Loretto Schools in Darjeeling Region, India

Loretto Sisters, their associates and friends, attended an afternoon tea at Loretto College on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. The tea was a fundraiser in support of the justice and development initiatives of the Loretto Sisters working in the Himalayan Region of Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal.

Former President of Chile appointed head of UN Agency for Women

There has been general rejoicing in UN circles recently about the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as head of the newly created UN Women, an entity comprised of four previous UN bodies espousing the cause of women. It has taken four long years of debate to bring about this change, nevertheless the appointment of the high profile former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, suggests that Ban Ki-...