In 1942, the priest of Doranda Fr. De-Muelder S.J. invited the
Loreto Sisters to open an English Medium School in his Parish,
with prospects of heavy industry developing in Ranchi and
recruitment of personnel on an all India basis, English would be
essential. The sisters explored the possibility of purchasing a
suitable site and found that Doranda House, owned by the Misses
Cloete, was for sale. The deal was struck.
In February 1943. Mother Leila Maguire opened the doors of
Loreto Convent, Doranda to the first pupils, a group of girls and
boys. (Boys remained until St. Xavier’s opened in 1960).
Loreto Convent, Ranchi is a Catholic Institution under the
management of The Ranchi Loreto Educational Society – represented by the Sisters of the Institute of Blessed Virgin
Mary (Loreto Sisters). The School is recognized by the Education
Department of the Government of Bihar and Jharkhand and
affiliated to the Indian Council for Secondary Education
(I.C.S.E., I.S.C.). Loreto Ranchi has completed more than 60 years in the educational
service of the region. In order to understand the story of Loreto,
Ranchi you must know a little about Mary Ward, Foundress of
the institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose Sisters, popularly
known as ʻLoretoʼ, manage the school.