“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that” Martin Luther King Jr. These words rang true as the IBVM and CJ sisters collaborated to host the very first Mary Ward JPIC South Asia General Meet from 15 to 17 th January, 2021 creating
This website established by Congregatio Jesu (CJ) and Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) is a door to allow you to learn more about our mission, to see where we are, who is involved and with whom we work, to see the public stances we have prepared for decision makers in support of our JPIC ministry, and how to contact us.
We also include some presentations and reflections relating to the themes of our work. We hope that this website will encourage all to participate in the work of the JPIC Office, in the context of the vision and mission of our foundress, Mary Ward.
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The Just Soul
Mary Ward had a special relationship with God, family and others. This prepared her for what was to come in her journey to pursue her call ‘to this other thing’; she learned to refer all to God as her point of reference. God was at the center of her response to her call.
Sincerity for Mary Ward was expressed in the words “being such as we appear and appear such as we are”. It means living an integrated life that is honest and true, simply put: not wearing any masks.
Justice was a value that constantly invited Mary Ward to right relationships, and it must have flown directly from her disposition to refer all to God in freedom. As a result, she undertook with great commitment, all forms of good works.
For Mary Ward living the Just Soul brought her ‘indescribable joy’. A just soul refers all to God, endeavours to live in right relationships at all times and lives sincerely, just as she appears, leading to a state of great inner joy. The fruit of this is rendering joyful service to God and to humanity.
During the unexpectedly tough times of Covid-19 pandemic, creative engagement became the only means of exhibiting the inbuilt talents, and gifts that had not been explored due to the limitations of space and time. The challenging times became a blessing in disguise enabling the sisters to be more innovative and more creative like no one
Am I willing to suffer with the people here, the suffering of the powerless, the feeling impotent? Can I say to my neighbours I have no solutions to this situation; I don’t know the answers, but I will walk with you, search with you, be with you. Can I let myself be evangelized by this
During the Covid-19 pandemic, as in the rest of the world, we have been learning how to do things differently, especially in the area ofJustice and Peace. However, in some ways it has helped us to redefine who we are and what are the priorities which motivate us. These priorities have not changed even though
Dear friends, we invite you to read the Review of 2020, LORETO JUSTICENETWORK, which focused this year on advocacy, communication, education/Formation and research. Increased mission/justice focus of all Loreto communications, with attention paid to all designated social justice days and province justice priorities. Anna Turkington has also been instrumental in liaising with school comms personnel