Pakistan is a Muslim country where Christians are a minority. The need to keep good relationship between the Catholic Church and the government was the main reason for the continued operation of the Islamabad Convent School. This convent school was formerly owned and managed by the Jesus and Mary Congregation of Irish Sisters. Since the Congregation had no more Sisters to run the school, their decision was to close it.
The Papal Nuncio appreciated the value of the school to maintain Church and State relationship. In collaboration with Bishop Lobo of Karachi, and Bishop Simeon Perreira of Islamabad-Rawalpindi dioceses, Pakistan Pro-Nuncio Luigi Bressan solicited the suggestion of Cardinal Sin for a teaching Congregation of Sisters to take over in Pakistan. And the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary was one of those the Cardinal recommended.
The mission was accepted at the General Chapter of 1991, and the Sisters sent on time for school opening in 1992. From the little school of barely 200 pupils, it has since grown into 2 campuses, and is widely known as the Islamabad Convent School. The students are accredited by the United Kingdom, and have consistently obtained marks of excellence. Acceptance of students is at a premium, applicants simply beyond the capacity of the school to accommodate despite building projects.
The four Sisters, two in each campus, bear the mark of the ‘valiant woman’ the Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, staying at their posts in the face of political disorder and instability.