The Loreto Tradition
Loreto Convent, Doranda was opened in 1943 by the Loreto sisters. The aim of the
School is to help prepare the students spiritually, intellectually, morally and
socially for their lives in the world today.
Whatever the necessary changes in educational structures and methods. There are
certain emphasis which the Loreto tradition seeks to value and retain:
- A lively concern for the personal vacation and moral formation of each pupil.
- The Preparation of pupils for their influential role in the family and in society,
especially in the moral sphere.
- A real care of the less able and under-privileged so that they may develop to their
capacity their talents and gifts
- Training in the making of responsible personal decisions and in the acceptance of
leadership through genuine conviction and a sense of right values.
- The formation of Christian conscience regarding and social justice
- The development of logical reasoning and critical judgment particularly with regard
to the mass media.
- The appreciation and transmission of the heritage of language and culture.
- The training of the aesthetic sense, especially through the creative arts.
- A Christian world-wide view which transcends religious differences, national barriers,
social classes and economic pressures.
- "A genuine education aims at the formation of human person with respect of his ultimate
goal and simultaneously with respect of the good of those societies of which as
a man, he is a member and in whose responsibilities as an adult, he will share."
The Loreto sisters belong to the Irish branch of the institute of the Blessed Virgin
Mary(I.B.V.M) FOUNDED BY Mary ward, an English-women, at the beginning of the 17th
century. The education of girls is the main work of the Loreto Sisters who now have
schools and colleges in Ireland, England, Gibraltar, Span, India, Africa, Mauritius,
Australia and America. In December 1841 the first Loreto sisters came to India,
In January 1842 they opened Loreto House, Calcutta, These are now 7 Loreto Schools
and a college in Calcutta, 2 schools in Darjeeling and Lucknow and schools in Asansol,
Shillong, Delhi, Ranchi, Shimla and convents in Satarda and Trichy.
Francis Ball ws born in Ireland in 1794, and educated at St. Mary's Convent, a boarding
school conducted by the members of the Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary in York,
England. She heard the unmistakable call of God "Seek first the kingdom of God and
His Justice and all these things will be added unto you." At the age of twenty,
Francis returned to York to enter the novitiate, preparing herself for the foundation
of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland, and made her profession
as Mother Teresa. In 1821 Teresa Ball established the first House of the Institute
in Ireland and called it Loreto, the name by which all the subsequent foundation
made from Ireland are still known.
Loreto in India owes its origin to a visit by Dr. Bakhaus to Loreto Abbey, Ireland,
In 1840 to request Mother Teresa Ball to send sisters to set up a school of Catholic
children in Calcutta. In 1841, Mother Teresa Ball sent 7 Loreto Sisters and 5 Postulants.
All in their twenties, under the leadership of Delphine hart to India, announcing
that they would probably never see their homeland again. They were welcomed at Calcutta
by Bishop Carew, and installed at Loreto House, 7 Middleton Row. They were the first
congregation of sisters to come to North India.
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 development
in Ranchi and recruitment of personnel on an all India basis, English would be essential.
The sisters explored the possibility of purchasing a suitable suite 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 opened
To East and West of their fair isle Where the First Loreto stands. Loreto's
banner now both fly in many distant lands. In sunny Spain, on Africa's stand
and Under the Southern Cross And Westward ho. Where rainbow hued
Niagara's water toss. CHORUS Loreto's banner gaily floats In
land both East and West Loreto's name ech girl revers And hold it ever
But first Loreto found a home beneath our Indian skies
Where now o 'er plain and mountain peak The well loved banner files Loreto's
standard bearers we In girlhood's springtime gay O may we e'er be loyal
and true To the school friends of today.
And when our school days ended are And our varied paths divide O may the
ideals of our Youth Still ever be our guide High ideals of purity, of
duty and of truth Learnt while we bore Loreto's flag In the sunny days