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About 100 Loreto leaders from throughout Australia and South East Asia gathered in Adelaide last month to discuss their mission and ministry as part of the inaugural Loreto Boards’ Colloquium.

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The theme of the three-day event held at Loreto College from July 26 to 28 was ‘Our Governance for Mission: Scaffold, Support, Strengthen and Sustain’.

Guest speakers included the Loreto Sisters General Superior Sr Noelle Corscadden ibvm from Ireland; Loreto Australia and South East Asia Province Leader, Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm; historian Sr Jane Kelly ibvm; Mary Ward scholar, Dr Elaine McDonald and inspiring Loreto women leaders Susan Pascoe AM, Rachel Grimes, Tara McKnight, Sr Mary Wright ibvm and Helen McCabe.

Loreto Ministries Board chair Peter Garling said it was good to hear professional insights on ethical and responsible governance from outstanding Loreto women leaders, “at a time when our civil and ecclesiastical narrative demands corporate integrity, principled leadership and an enduring vision derived from our core values”.

The colloquium was attended by people involved in mission, education and governance across the Loreto network and included members of the worldwide leadership team, Loreto Australia and South East Asia Province, Board directors of Loreto Ministries, Loreto Vietnam, Loreto Timor-Leste, Mary Ward International Australia, and directors and principals of Loreto schools.

The gathering enabled delegates to broaden their understanding of the contemporary challenges, priorities, mission and ministry of the Mary Ward ‘circle of friends’, in order to strengthen the Loreto mission.

Loreto Ministries is the governance body established in 2016 by the Loreto Australia and South East Asia Province to oversee the ethos, mission and stewardship of the seven Loreto schools in Australia, two associated schools and Loreto Vietnam.

Shona Lombardozzi, past Loreto College Marryatville Board director; Peter Hoban, Loreto College Marryatville Board chair; and Sandra Di Blasio, Loreto College Marryatville Board director.

The Hon. Justice Peter Garling, Loreto Ministries Board chair and Niall Ronan, Loreto Kirribilli Board director.

Cate Sydes, Loreto Ministries CEO and Robert Henderson, John XXIII College principal.

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