Who are we
Loreto Province

We are a community of religious women, belonging to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary a multicultural, international Institute founded by an English woman, Mary Ward. We are known informally as Loreto Sisters. The IBVM comprised of three branches: the Roman Branch, descendants of the original group of followers descended from Mary Ward, the Irish Branch, consisting of foundations of the IBVM made from Ireland and the North

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History of loreto
The Call To India

Loreto in India owes its origin to a visit by Dr Bakhaus to Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham, Ireland, in 1840 to request Mother Teresa Ball to send sisters to set up a school for Catholic children in Calcutta. In response to this, Mother Teresa Ball sent 7 Loreto Sisters and 5 Postulants, all in their twenties, under the leadership of Delphine Hart to India, announcing that they would probably never see their homeland again.

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