This exhibition tracks the 200 year history of Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland and beyond.
This exhibition includes an introduction to Mary Ward, who founded IBVM in England in 1609 and a brief history of the Bar Convent in York. The biography of M. Teresa Ball is then explored from her early life and her decision to enter religious life to her death in 1861.
The development of IBVM (Loreto) in Ireland from the first foundation, Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham in 1822 and its expansion around Ireland and worldwide, is then surveyed. Finally, the obstacles and difficulties of the past and the future of IBVM are looked at.