Independent Catholic School
Learning and Leading in Love and Justice
Our Mission Statement
As the educating family of Loreto Convent School, Skinner Street, it is our aim to establish a Christian Community,based on Gospel values and the Loreto Tradition, in which the potential of each person will be fully developed. We will strive to do this by evangelization, example, prayer, responsible discipline and unconditional acceptance of one another. By setting high educational and moral standards, we aim to produce well educated, mature, self disciplined citizens who will serve their own community and their country.
Mary Ward was inspired by the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (now often referred to as "Ignatian spirituality"). She had a vision for a different, new and modern mode of religious life for women. She envisioned women living a life in companionship and discernment, inspired by the Gospel and engaging with the world without the constraints of the traditional cloister, nor an established 'rule' placing them under the governance of the local bishop. She also believed that women were equal to men in intellect and should be educated accordingly. The circumstances of the time and the widespread suspicion of Jesuits did not allow her to succeed with the foundation of a religious institute according to her vision. Indeed, although the Institute experienced significant success after its foundation in 1609, it was suppressed in 1630, a situation which lasted nine years, when the Institute revived somewhat. However, it was not until 1703 that, what is termed the Second Institute, received papal approval for its rule from the then-pope Clement IX and canonical recognition as a religious institute by Pope Pius IX in 1877.