Born in 1585, Mary Ward was one of the first women to believe that women could and should be actively involved in the apostolic life of the Catholic Church.
Mary Ward’s Story
Born into a Yorkshire Catholic recusant family in 1585 Mary Ward was remarkable for being one of the first women to believe that women should be actively involved in the apostolic life of the Catholic Church. However, initially she opted for the strictest form of contemplative religious life determined to give herself totally to God. For
There are fifty paintings, each 142 x 105 cm, known as the ‘Painted Life of Mary Ward’ that show her spiritual journey. They are displayed in the ‘Mary Ward Hall’ in Augsburg in Germany. Very little information has come down to us as to the origins of the paintings. It is most probable that they
The Cause for Mary Ward’s Canonization
The Church proclaimed Mary Ward “Venerable” in 2009. She was recognised as a woman of “undoubted heroic virtue” four centuries after her institute was suppressed and she was imprisoned. Mary Ward’s sisters who work in over 40 countries worldwide rejoiced in the public recognition of this prophetic woman. Now the institute must complete the journey
31 days with Mary Ward
14 July, 2020
Mary Ward was a wise woman. Many of her words inspire us today. Here is a collection of her sayings.
Mary Ward Week 2021
23 January, 2021
From 23rd to 30th January of each year, we celebrete Mary Ward Week. Learn more about this years celebreations and prayers.
Mary Ward, corona, and us
25 March, 2020
Mary Ward lived in a time, where the plague was raging. What can we learn from her for the current pandemic?