The Loreto Congregation, also known as The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an international religious congregation within the Catholic Church. The Congregation was founded by Mary Ward, a Yorkshire woman in 1609. In 1821 Teresa Ball, a Dublin woman, brought the Congregation to Ireland. There are Loreto Sisters throughout the world working where the needs are greatest. In Ireland Loreto is well known for its schools. However, Loreto Sisters in Ireland also work in other ministries such as hospitals, prisons, prayer and retreat ministry, chaplaincy, counselling and psychotherapy services, youth ministry. As you visit this website you will meet some of our Sisters working in various locations throughout Ireland and further afield. They will share their lives and ministry with you.