Port Louis, 09 October, 2020 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
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.”