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Provincial Assembly and ERC meeting in Romania

On August 31st, we had the great pleasure of having among us Sr. Jane for ongoing formation. She explained to us “the JUST SOUL’ vision and the three most important characteristics of it: freedom, sincerity and justice, focusing on Mary Ward’s experience and teachings.
At the beginning of September we hosted the ERC meeting where the European provincials of CJ shared their experiences of the last year and looked for new plans and meetings in order to foster unity among the members. The facilitator was Philip Endean SJ. 
We are very grateful for these two major events of autumn! May God help us to put into practice the decision we have made!

This news item will expire on 25/11/2017.

The Second International Meeting of the Friends of Mary Ward, August 2017

On 7 August 2017 120 Friends of Mary Ward gathered at York St John University in York, England, for the Second International meeting of the Friends of Mary Ward. Participants from both branches of Mary Ward’s institute arrived from every continent and from twenty-five difference countries: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Mauritius, Nepal, Peru, Romania, ‘Rome’, South, Africa, Spain, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA, and Zimbabwe. 
We were delighted that both General Superiors, Srs Jane Livesey CJ and Noelle Corscadden IBVM were able to be present throughout the conference as well as three members from the generalate teams in Rome.
The planning committee felt it was important, especially for participants who had never been to Mary Ward country, or who might never come again, to visit those places in Yorkshire closely associated with Mary Ward’s life. Visits were planned within a spiritual context to provide an opportunity to understand Mary Ward better, through being able to hear, see, touch and smell the places associated with her.
On the first afternoon, in the pouring rain (an important element in any visit to Mary Ward’s country), we visited York Minster from there it was on to the Bar Convent. After a guided tour of the new Living Heritage Centre, we celebrated out opening Mass, thanks to our competent liturgists, and then we all enjoyed a buffet supper with members of the Bar Convent community.
Next day, and subsequent afternoons, we visited Mulwith (where Mary Ward was born); Ripon Cathedral (where some of the Ward children were baptised); Ripley Castle (where Mary Ward stayed with her Ingleby cousins as a child – and where we met Mary Ward in person – see photo); Bishop Thornton Church (with its stained glass window of Mary Ward); Mount Grace (the little chapel on the hill where Mary Ward prayed), and Osbaldwick Church (where Mary Ward is buried, and where we were led in prayer by the Anglican Rector). 
Our three main keynote speakers were Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ (Heythrop College, University of London), Dr Elaine McDonald (Dublin City University), and Sr Imelda Poole IBVM (President of RENATE). On the last day Srs Jane and Noelle presented a joint appreciation of where Mary Ward’s Family is today, and Sr Liz Cotter (Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Mary Ward) gave us an informative account of her work on behalf of the whole Mary Ward family.
After the keynote addresses we had time for group discussions, sharing across national groupings, and deciding what and how we would take the experience of the week back home with us.
The title of the conference was: ‘Mary Ward, Prophetic Woman’. Guided and inspired by our excellent keynote speakers we were taken through ways in which Mary Ward was prophetic in her own times, which inspired one participant to share her description of Mary as ‘shockingly modern’. We touched on Mary’s ‘resilience’, on the ‘powerful networks’ she forged, on the ‘boundaries’ and ‘walls’ that cannot be allowed to stand in our way if we are to be authentic ‘bearers of a dangerous memory’. 
In their joint reflection Srs Jane and Noelle focussed on the encounter with Mary Ward we had experienced together; on the reality of our ‘oneness’ as the Family of Mary Ward, which we need to live out of rather than out of irrelevant categories of CJ or IBVM, religious or lay, by which we have traditionally identified ourselves; we were encouraged to ‘cherish God’s vocation in each other’ (to paraphrase Mary Ward’s words); and as family members to start looking up our ‘long lost relatives’ on the other side of Mary Ward’s family. 

This news item will expire on 22/11/2017.