Our Spirituality and Mission

We Celebrate our Diverse Ministries

As members of the IBVM, we follow the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  Our sense of mission is inseparable from our spirituality.

Spiritual Direction and Accompaniment / Preservation of heritage The Marginalised / Witness / Leadership and Governance
Caring Professions / Communication
Prayer, Presence and Availability / Parish and Diocesan Ministries
Education – schools, young people, adults
Formation / Study / Hospitality

‘Courage to Move’ – one sister has been missioned to Albania 

Spirituality
Many of us are involved in Spiritual Direction and giving retreats, both in Retreat Houses and from our home base. By listening prayerfully to individual women and men, to the ups and downs of their daily lives, to the ways that each person prays and lives out their Christian faith, we encourage each one in their search for God.

Pastoral care
We are involved in responding to the various needs of individuals in hospitals, prisons and our local communities and parishes.

The rights and dignity of women
We are committed to recognising the challenges facing women in our society and working together to meet them with courage and dignity.

Counselling
In these times of natural world disasters, wars and the ever-increasing break-up of families, many people need to be supported in their difficulties. We offer such support by professional counselling and help.

Refugees
We welcome into our midst families who have escaped persecution by teaching them English and helping them to settle.

Parish and Diocesan Work
We try to be involved in some aspect of the work of the Parishes in which we live. Some, however, have a greater responsibility in the various programmes on offer in the parish and have responsibility for their organisation.