Sr. M. Loyola entered the congregation after graduating from Hunter College. After Profession of Vows she attended Mary Immaculate School of Nursing.
She ministered in the Home Visiting Mission for about 10 year. Following that time she was appointed as Novice Mistress for the congregation. She was involved in Religious Formation for the next 20 years. Having such intimate contact with young women and her own Journey kept her in touch with culture and changes that were occurring that were influencing theological thinking and exploration. In 1968 Sister was elected President of the Congregation. It was during the time of Vatican II that Sr. guided the Congregation of the Infant Jesus though the changes that occurred. Sister was also active nationally with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Sister Mary Loyola was a guiding force in the Associate Program of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus.
After years in leadership positions she became active in Pastoral Ministry, visiting the Sick in their homes. She was involved in this ministry until 10 years ago, at which time she announced that she was not as able physically to go out to do this, so she would invite people to visit her. Sister is a Biblical Scholar, and to this day, leads groups in scripture studies and days of prayer.
Sister Mary Loyola has written 2 books, The latest,“More Than Meets the Eye” contains reflections on life experiences with a consciousness of God ever present, companioning us in ways that only in reflection, we become conscious of.
Sr.Mary Loyola’s first Book, “Half a Hundred” is a reflection on the changes in religious life since the Second Vatican Council.
Both these Books may be purchased through the Congregation of the Infant Jesus.