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Welcome to Mary Ward Resources Document Library

Education (formal and informal) continues to be a significant focus for mission and ministry for the Congregation of Jesus and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters). In many places this mission and ministry is being led and provided for by dedicated and capable co-workers, supported by the Sisters in roles of accompaniment and support. Schools and other educational institutions could not have expanded and flourished without the collaboration of lay colleagues. In many other places the Sisters continue to be in positions of administration and teaching.

Over 200 schools world-wide bear the name CJ, IBVM or Loreto in some form or another. They embrace the virtues of the Mary Ward charism: Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Truth and Joy.

Throughout the 46 countries where individuals or communities are located, there are educational institutions ranging from the formal to the informal. These include kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, third level institutions and informal education settings such as development centres.

All ministries, whether educational or other, under the care of the CJ and IBVM, have a responsibility for the ongoing formation of staff and members in the charism and ethos of the Mary Ward heritage and Ignatian spirituality. Close to the heart of this charism and spirituality are matters of justice and peace, and the integrity of creation. It is with this in mind that this Mary Ward Resources Document Library has been created and you are most welcome to explore it.