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Pakistan Mission

Nasreen Daniel, Maria Daniel and Samina Iqbal are Sisters of Loretto who work in their home country of Pakistan. In 2009, they began Loretto’s Pakistan mission, initially working in Faisalabad. Since then, at the invitation of Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, they moved the Loretto mission to Lahore.

As we stand with Mary at the foot of the cross, we strive to bring the healing Spirit of God into our world and we commit ourselves to improving the conditions of those who suffer from injustice, oppression and deprivation of dignity.

From I Am The Way, the Constitutions of the Sisters of Loretto
The front gate of St. Anthony's School in Lahore, Pakistan.
Maria Daniel SL is shown working with students in a classroom.

In Lahore, the three Sisters of Loretto were given management of St. Anthony School. At the beginning, they had 130 students; currently, 250 students are enrolled. Approximately 30 percent of the students are Catholic and 70 percent are either Protestant or Muslim. The students attend religion class in their respective traditions. Religious conflict between Christians and Muslims is non-existent in the school because the students all have a shared experience of poverty.

Loretto Empowering Women in Pakistan

The Sisters also run a program called LEWP (Loretto Empowering Women in Pakistan) in which they teach local women reading, writing and math skills and intricate sewing and embroidery skills. The advanced students have learned to sew more complicated pieces, including pajamas, skirts, and waistcoats.

Solar panel installation

Additionally, the Sisters’ work involves solar panel installation. Their training in this area has proven a great asset because of the shortage of electricity in Pakistan. Sisters Maria and Samina coordinate the installation of solar panels in different locations in Pakistan, helping to create power for fans, lights, refrigerators, computers and other equipment needing electricity.

Support the Pakistan Mission

Please keep our Sisters Maria, Samina, and Nasreen and those whom they serve in your prayers, as they grow the Loretto presence in Pakistan.

Support the Pakistan Mission by donating today. For information about the Pakistan Endowment, use the form below to contact Lydia Peña SL.

Students reciting the Loretto prayer “We give you glory, thanks and praise. O bless our works and guide our ways!”