Loreto Sisters in Mauritius Hailed for Overseeing 150 Years of Quality, Holistic Education

Lorette College of Curepipe in Mauritius.

Members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), commonly known as Loreto Sisters, in Mauritius have been hailed for their dedication in offering quality and holistic education to students in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

In his Friday, October 9 homily during the 150th anniversary of the Lorette College of Curepipe, the head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius, Maurice Cardinal Piat noted that the high quality of education offered by the Sisters is made possible by what he called a “Lorette tradition” (Loreto tradition) that has enabled the Sisters to focus on more than just the short-term gains.

“The education offered within these walls aims rather to form strong women, standing in the faith, women of heart capable of assuming important responsibilities and bringing in the exercise of their responsibilities the irreplaceable feminine touch that only free women can bring,” Cardinal Piat said.

The Loreto tradition pays great individual attention to students where “each pupil is welcomed with his own particularity, each one is respected in the originality of his culture, his religious faith, his social environment; the most needy are supported discreetly but very truly,” the Local Ordinary of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese said.

The Cardinal continued to highlight aspects of the Loreto tradition saying, “A remarkable relationship is formed between educators and parents of students; alumni have the impression of being part of a family, so much they have been welcomed and accompanied with respect and affection.”


The Loreto tradition also aims at preparing “students for life and not just for exams” the member of the Religious and Missionary Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) said in his October 9 homily, noting that the tradition teaches “students to think critically and not just to store information.”

Introduction of students to critical judgement, the 79-year-old Cardinal said, “is one of the essential conditions for developing authentic human freedom in the student; a freedom that allows him (or her) to fight effectively against the temptation of ephemeral pleasures and to develop a taste for serving and investing in a quality of life that radiates and can lead to others.”

The Loreto tradition also offers students the “opportunity to learn to live together and to respect each other in a multicultural and pluri-religious society,” he further said.

He explained, “This tradition has always been able to successfully combine a deep respect for the religious faith of each student and a clear and strong witness to the Christian faith, which animates the educator.”

“We have here in the tradition of Loreto, a beautiful illustration of a central evangelical given: the testimony of an authentic faith in Jesus Christ, does not lead to fanaticism or to proselytism but on the contrary pushes for the disinterested service of each person and deep respect for his religious convictions,” he added.

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The Mauritian Cardinal went on to note that the Loreto tradition also “stimulates students to take an interest in various social problems, to put themselves at the service of the most disadvantaged and to commit to the protection of the environment and to a more ecological way of life.”

The Loreto tradition “offers students of the Christian faith a solid education in the faith,” a tradition the Cardinal said arises from the fact that “catechesis has always had a place of honor in the colleges of Lorette.”

One of the signs of the vitality of this Loreto tradition, Cardinal Piat said, “is that today it is carried not only by the nuns of Loreto but also by so many lay teachers and non-teachers in the colleges of Loreto.

He added, “Inspired by the testimony of the Sisters of Loreto, the laity took up the torch. They were trained, accompanied by the nuns and today they feel responsible for keeping the flame lit and passing it on.”

“My dearest wish and my prayer is that this flame which still today is carried by some nuns of Loreto and by so many Rectresses, managers, teachers, support staff, may this flame shine still long among us, illuminate Mauritian life and show young people the path to real integral human development,” Cardinal Piat said.


To the students at the Lorette College, the Cardinal said, “Do not hesitate to embrace the vocation of teaching. It is one of the most beautiful vocations in life. Do not say too quickly, either ‘there will be no more new religions.’”

He continued in reference to the Indian Ocean Island, “No, it is possible for Maurice today to be touched by grace; it is possible to dedicate one's life to the Lord for this beautiful service of education.”

“The Lord does not tire of calling. And if he calls us, it is to give us the opportunity to experience one of the greatest joys there is - that of giving his life for love,” the Spiritan Cardinal said October 9.

Established in 1871, the Lorette College Curepipe is one of the seven Loreto College campuses in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius.