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On pilgrimage with Mary Ward: New App is launched

In our present time of instant communication and ease of travel, the story of Mary Ward and her life-long desire to seek and know God’s will, can seem like a struggle way beyond human resilience.
That an English woman, in Post-Reformation England, could believe the Catholic Church would approve a plan for religious women to be free from the jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop but governed by one of their own, free from the obligations of the cloister, focused on the mission of educating girls in a similar way to boys, and flexible enough to respond to the needs identified around them, seems outrageous, shocking and misguided. This is what Mary Ward came to understand as God’s will for her.
With the young women inspired to join her, she crossed the English Channel many times, traversed the Alps of Europe on foot three times to seek approval for her congregation and all along the way, she established houses and schools where she was welcomed and supported. And while she died under the shadow of the Inquisition … her congregation can be found today in over 40 countries, with more than 200 Mary Ward schools, colleges and informal education facilities and thousands of women and men proudly associated with her charism and spirituality.
She truly believed that there is no such difference between men and women that women may not do great things, as we have seen by the example of many saints who have done great things.
On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward is an App that will spark memories if you have visited these places, tempt you to make a pilgrimage, or add some ideas for the next time you are near York and Yorkshire, London and Saint-Omer, Liège, Munich or Rome.
The App, currently available in English, will soon be translated into Spanish and German. To download the free App please visit the Apple store for i-phone or the Google Play store for Android devices.
Enjoy the journey …

This news item will expire on 15/12/2020.

October 10th, 2020 joint meeting of the IBVM and CJ English provinces

Each year the IBVM and CJ English Provinces hold a joint meeting with the aim of getting to know each other better and meeting up with old friends. This year, knowing that the old divisions between our two institutes may soon be healed, made it an even more significant year than usual. However, with a steady increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the UK we knew that getting us all together would be difficult. 
The meeting was scheduled to be held at the Bar Convent in York – our common home. But complying with national and local coronavirus regulations was never going to be easy. It was more difficult for the IBVM to commit to this planned meeting than it was for us. They had to come from north-west England (and Wales) where various forms of lockdown were being put back in place. For us CJ’s we had to deal with the dilemma of who to exclude as the total number allowed taking social distancing into consideration was only twenty. This meant that our more elderly sisters at St Joseph’s, and our ‘friends’ could not be invited which was sad.
The great attraction was that Sr Jane was coming from Rome to give her talk on Everyday Holiness according to Mary Ward and Pope Francis. How to get her here safely, let her give her talk safely, and then ensure she got back to Rome safely took some planning. However, come the day all went well. Social distancing regulations were observed, the numbers turned out to be just right, sandwiches appeared on time and we ended with a masked Mass in the Bar Convent Chapel (see photo).
Jane’s talk was very much appreciated by all and enabled us to touch into deeper realities and forget the immediate organizational ones. In the afternoon, the IBVM showed us the Mary Wright’s Power Point on Mary Ward’s Institute reminding us just how close we have all been over the past two centuries. It was a lovely day being re-united with those with whom we hope soon to be institutionally united. As someone said it was a landmark day to celebrate together in the Bar Convent from where Theresa Ball set out to found a new house of Mary Ward’s institute in Dublin almost exactly two centuries before.
Frances Orchard CJ

This news item will expire on 19/12/2020.

Now, all our students have returned to their home countries

On Monday 12 October 2020, Selvi IBVM , the last of the six students who lived with us, returned  to East Timor. Amelia, a Franciscan sister from South Africa  was the first one who left us, as early as  July, as she had sisters of her own congregation here in Italy. In August Rosaline IBVM went back to Kenya.   Chetana CJ  and Pratima Tudu CJ  had to wait until 23 September to return to Patna. The course had finished at the end of June. The last one was Selvi. All of them stayed with us since January to do the formation course offered by the “Union of International Superiors General” (UISG). With lots of new ideas, refreshed and renewed, they will continue accompanying young women  in discerning their vocation at different stages of religious life. For the sisters of the Roman community and the members of the Generalate it was such an enrichment and blessing to have these sisters with us. We miss them. Covid 19 had a big impact on them, as all the sessions of the course had to be online and they very seldom met the other participants in the course and at the end it was also very difficult to return to their home country. (text and photos/eka)


This news item will expire on 14/12/2020.