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Monday, 27 March 2017 09:12

New Province Leader for Loreto Sisters announced

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Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm 150Wendy Hildebrand ibvm has been appointed as the next Province Leader for a three year term commencing July 1, 2017.

For the last seventeen years Wendy has held a number of senior management roles in social service organisations, most recently at Mission Australia, directing a wide range of programs responding to the needs of people who are marginalised and disadvantaged.

Prior to this Wendy was a secondary school teacher and taught at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak in Melbourne and Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney as well as being the Director of the Boarding School at Normanhurst.

Wendy was chosen as the new Provincial Leader following a detailed selection process. Sisters were asked to consider who had the gifts, skills and experience to lead the Loreto Sisters and be responsible for the overall mission of the province. Nominations were sent to the Loreto International Leadership Team (based in Rome) who then made a decision following prayerful discernment, extensive consultation and interviews.

Wendy said she felt honoured to be nominated by fellow Loreto Sisters and draws strength from the fact that she walks in the footsteps of many wise and courageous women who have gone before.

"I'm looking forward to connecting more closely with the Sisters and working together with them and the wider circle of Loreto colleagues and friends as we continue to explore new ways of responding to the needs of the times in the spirit of Mary Ward," said Wendy.

Current Province Leader, Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm, is pleased to welcome Wendy to this leadership position.

“Wendy will bring a gentle and wise presence to her many responsibilities involved in caring for the life and ministries of the Sisters spread across Australia, Timor-Leste, the Philippines and Vietnam. We are indeed blessed that she has accepted this new call.”

A new Leadership Council will be appointed in the coming months following a recommendation by province members. Sisters Mary Wright, Christine Burke and Denise Desmarchelier have completed a three year term, whilst Maria Bongiorno will be continuing on the Council for another year. We look forward to announcing members of the new Council in the weeks ahead.

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