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Maria Ward Resource Workshop 2017

A second Mary Ward Resource Workshop was held from 06.07.2017 to 26.07.2017 at Allen Hall, Beaufort Street, London. It was well thought-out and effectively executed by the resource persons Sr. Magdalen O´Neill IBVM, Sr. Carmel Swords IBVM, Sr. Agnesa Jenčíková CJ, Sr. Patricia Harriss CJ and Sr. Ann Stafford CJ in York. There were 10 participants from seven countries, five each from IBVM and CJ.
It was indeed an intense journey covering the entire life of Mary Ward, starting with an introduction to the resource materials and historical background to her England. The journey continued as we were led into her spiritual influence and her early experience of the Church. Then we were acquainted with influential people in her life and her spiritual enlightenments. A deep insight into her retreat notes, growth and suppression of her Institute, the lemon juice letters, her death and the Painted Life made us reflect over the rich legacy handed over to us down the centuries. All these became relevant and even more meaningful to us as we breathed in the same air of her native land and visited various places in Yorkshire related to her life. It was also an occasion for all of us to get to know and interact with one another, to share our experiences as Mary Ward women from various continents.
(text: Manju Mathew CJ; photos: participants)

This news item will expire on 26/09/2017.

“To Be or Not to Be ... a Saint"

This is the great question with reference to the Beatification and Canonization Process of Mary Ward, Foundress of the Congregatio Jesu and of the IBVM. Christine Burke, a Loreto Sister of Australian Province currently living with Korean and Chinese sisters in a  CJ-IBVM community in Manila in the Philippines has written an article advocating  the beatification and canonization of Mary Ward.
Christine has kindly given us permission to put it on the Homepage. You will find this article under the heading: Private area – Document and Talks
(Text and photo/eka)

This news item will expire on 18/09/2017.

Loreto International Education Conference

The conference took place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 25th June to 2nd July 2017. It was organized by an international planning group of IBVM sisters and lay staff. There were 60 delegates from Mary Ward schools scattered all over the world. The delegates came from Australia, Canada, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Nepal, Mauritius, Peru, Romania, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This conference was indeed a further IBVM-CJ move towards a sense of oneness, communion and collaboration. There was CJ representation, along with their lay counterparts, from Romania, Korea, Zimbabwe, Nepal, India and Italy. The Indo-Nepal contingent was the largest, with 5 CJ sisters and 5 teachers. Gemma Simmonds CJ of the English Province was one of the key speakers of the conference. (text: Prisca CJ; photos: members of the conference) 

This news item will expire on 17/09/2017.