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7FRANCESTERESABALL1794-1861In1851FrancesTeresaBallrespondedtotherequestofCanonTooleparishpriestofStWilfridx19schurchinHulmeManchestertosendsistersoverfromIrelandtoworkinthelocalcommunity.LoretoManchesterwasthetwentysecondhousefoundedinthirtyyearsbythisremarkablewoman.Herphilosophyofeducationwasdedicatedtotruthandgoodnessandwasbasedonadesireforexcellencex18whateverisdoneforGodshouldbewelldone.x19LikeMaryWardherapproachwasaheadofitstime.Thecurriculuminherschoolsforexamplewasmuchbroaderthanprovidedinotherschoolsofthetimeandherschoolsinvolvedparentsindecisionsabouttheirchildrenx19seducationlongbeforethisbecamethenorm.Herlifewasanimatedbylovecompassionandastrongcommitmenttojustice.MARGARETALPHONSAELLIS1823-1905MargaretAlphonsaElliscamefromIrelandtoLoretoManchesterassuperiorin1856andheldthatpositionuntilherdeathin1905.ShehadaprofoundinfluenceonthedevelopmentofLoretoeducationinManchesterandbeyond.Shewasaborneducatorwhobelievedinthefundamentalgoodnessofeachpersonandshehadthatrarecombinationofstrengthandgentleness.ShewasastraightforwardpersonwhomodelledMaryWardx19sinstructionx18tobesuchasweappearandappearsuchasweare.x19Shewasahighlyintelligentwomanwithastrongsenseofhumourandfunandagreatgiftforwhatwenowcallstrategicthinking.Sheunderstoodtheneedsofthedayandhadthecouragetorespondtothoseneedsinwaysthatwereground-breakingforthetime.LoretoeducatorsinEnglandowemuchtoherresilienceandstayingpowerandtowhattheRectorofStBedex19sManchesterin1901describedasherx18intelligenteducationalpolicybroadmindedsympathyandwisestatesmanship.x19