Mission & Ministry

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IHM Companions

The Companions in Prayer and Ministry is a spiritual association engaging participants in opportunities for prayer and spiritual development. In 1988, a group of sisters volunteered to explore ways in which Sisters could share spiritually and minister...

IHM Mission Statement

Animated by our charism of love, creative hope, and fidelity, and in imitation of Mary, we, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Immaculata, Pennsylvania, proclaim the Gospel message in the spirit of Jesus the...

Ministries

Congregational Ministries   The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have a twofold purpose for their existence: first, the holiness of the members of the Congregation and second, but no less important, the joyful service they re...

Ministries in North and South America

The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have been involved in the education of young persons and adults since the foundation of the Congregation in 1845. From a humble beginning in a log cabin, and reaching unimagined proportions over...

Education

A quick overview of this section...

Immaculata University

Immaculata University  is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Its programs, rooted in academic rigor, ethical integrity and Christian core values, ...

Congregational Academies

North America Villa Maria Academy High School , a Catholic college preparatory school rooted in the charism of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, empowers young women to lead lives of spiritual growth, intellectual inquiry and Christian...

Higher Education

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Immaculata, Pennsylvania are missioned to serve in various intuitions of higher education across the country. Our Sisters serve as presidents and deans and in other administrative positions such...

Diocesan Schools & High Schools

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serve as school principals, teachers and support personnel in parish elementary schools and high schools in the following Archdiocese and Dioceses in North and South America.   Please click...

Independent Schools

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serve as school principals, teachers, counselors and support personnel in independent elementary schools and high schools and residential learning institutions. In these ministries, the IHMs work ...

Independence Mission Schools

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serve as administrators and teachers in Independence Mission Schools in Philadelphia, PA. The mission of the Independent Mission Schools is to provide sustainable, affordable, high-quality Catholic ...

Special Education

In keeping with the Alphonisan preference for “the poor,” the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have dedicated their personnel and their resources to founding and staffing educational centers for those “in need” of special consideration. IHM Sisters...

IHM Literacy Centers

The IHM Family Literacy Center is committed to breaking the cycle of illiteracy that exists within many Hispanic families in the Coatesville area of PA. The Center provides an early learning center for toddlers from three to five years old. The learning...

Parenting Programs

IHM Office of Formative Support for Parents and Teachers seeks to provide support to educational professionals and parent groups through publications, program development and presentations focusing on the issues of positive identity (self-esteem),...

Educational Resources

The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary continue to provide educational resources for personal and professional use. ABC Notes Spring, 2017         (Entire Publication) Sections Spring, 2017 Fully Rely On God In Thi...

Pastoral / Evangelization

Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serve the people of God through pastoral and evangelization ministries. Sisters serve as pastoral ministers and in related parish ministries in churches in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioceses of...

Religious Education

The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serve in parish catechetical and faith formation programs as Directors / Coordinators / Assistant Directors of Religious Education, Catechists, and Directors of Adult Faith Formation. They also...

Social Justice Initiatives

In this 21st century, the IHM sisters seek to meet the emerging needs of our world by standing in solidarity with the marginalized, the vulnerable, and the poor through consistently striving to build the Kingdom of God rooted in faith, truth, justice,...

IHM Committee for Racial Healing

Prompted by the Spirit, we desire to reconnect the journey of our four Congregations by participating in a process of building right relationships, healing and reconciliation in an effort to eradicate racism within ourselves, our Congregations, and beyond....

IHM Haiti Outreach

The Immaculata IHM Sisters, conscious of our beginnings, pledge to raise awareness of the needs of the Haitian people. We support sustainable projects, assist Haitian religious communities and communicate opportunities for advocacy on behalf of God's ...

Social Justice Efforts

IHM Social Justice efforts strive to raise the level of awareness of justice spirituality and emerging social justice issues. Such a task requires steeping ourselves in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, identifying critical issues of the day,...

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching is a body of teaching drawn from Biblical, Moral and Ecclesial resources and set forth in papal, conciliar and episcopal documents developed over time. It speaks with relevance to specific social issues, and strongly suggests...

Calendar for Social Justice

The Social Justice Resource Team developed a calendar with a monthly focus on a Catholic Social Teaching principle, dates worthy of note, prayer responses, and suggested actions. Helpful Links: November December January February...

Faithful Citizenship and the Common Good

The Catholic approach to faithful citizenship begins with moral principles, not party platforms. According to the US Catholic bishops, “the work for justice requires that the mind and the heart of Catholics be educated and formed to know and practice t...

Info Alert

Through a simple system of communication, the IHM Social Justice Resource Team posts INFO Alerts every other Tuesday to help others pray and act on timely issues.  These messages alert us to current applications of Catholic Social Teaching principles, ...

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is any kind of behavior that a person uses to control an intimate partner through fear and intimidation.  Violence in the home has serious repercussions for children.  The Catholic Church teaches that violence against another in any f...

Immigration

“…for I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” - Matt 25:35 As a community founded to minister to immigrants, IHM sisters remain faithful in responding to this day to this significant call.  “As Catholics we are called to take concrete measures to overc...

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person “In a world warped by materialism and declining respect for human life, the Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human p...

Living Social Justice: Laudato Sí

The IHM Social Justice Resource Team created a series of seasonal reflections on Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical letter, Laudato Sí.   In this document, he encourages all people to live social justice by caring for our common home.  Our IHM s...

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

IHM sisters embrace the Catholic Social Teaching principle, “Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.”  This theme emphasizes the dignity of all: from the elderly to the unborn, from immigrants to victims of human trafficking, and always to the struggling poor...

Water Scarcity

As IHM sisters, stewards of the earth’s gifts, we stand in solidarity with all those around the world who suffer from diseases related to poor sanitation and impure water supply.  Water is a gift, not a commodity to be sold or hoarded.  It is a common pos...

IHM Conference Center

The IHM Conference Center is a ministry of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Center offers service, hospitality, and opportunities for spiritual and educational enrichment for both Church and business communities. The beautiful...

IHM Spirituality Center

The IHM Spirituality Center is a place of retreat and renewal for people who gather from all walks of life. Here they come to dwell within its rooms and walk the quiet paths that surround Villa Maria House of Studies. The IHM Spirituality Center...

Camilla Hall

Camilla Hall is the Convent Home and Healthcare Center of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All who minister here, religious and lay, endeavor to serve the Sisters and one another with respect, dignity and compassion in imitation ...

Contact Mission & Ministry

IHM Elementary Education Consultant Sister Elaine De Chantal Brookes, IHM Gillet Convent Immaculata University 1145 King Road Immaculata, PA 19345 610-647-4400 ext 3520 Email: ebrookes@immaculata.edu IHM Teacher Mentoring Program Sister...