The second ‘Friends of Mary Ward’ conference in York, was a great success. This event gathered together lay friends of Mary Ward from all over the world. Four Mary Ward Friends from Albania joined this event. Sr Imelda Poole (IBVM), was one of the keynote speakers at this conference.
During the conference we listened to the experts on ‘Mary Ward, Prophetic Woman’. We spent part of each day visiting Mary Ward places. These included: Ripley Castle, where she stayed as a child, Ripon Cathedral, where her siblings were baptised, Mulwith, where she was born and raised, Bishop Thornton, a recusant church which contained a stain glass window of Mary Ward, Mount Grace and the Lady Chapel in Osmotherly, where she prayed in thanksgiving for recovery from a serious illness, and Osbaldwick where she was buried.
It was a great pleasure and honor to meet and share our experience with many Friends of Mary Ward from all over the world.
MWL Fier in cooperation with the Peace Corps Fier volunteer, organized three days of a summer camp with young girls. Topics covered in this camp were: the Fight against Human Trafficking, Leadership and Communication Skills as well as mental health, stress and depression. These were particularly related to young people. During these activities, the girls also engaged in various energizing games or in cooking delicious biscuits. The girls had 3 days of intensive interaction with each other. This activity made it possible to discover most valuable information about them through these socializing activities. They expressed the desire to have more similar activities especially during the summer vacation period. 12 young girls participated in this summer camp.
URAT Network in collaboration with Ministry of the Interior, the Municipality of Shengjin and Mary Ward Loreto, have organized an Awareness Raising Campaign against Human Trafficking.
“Art for Freedom” is the name of the campaign which was developed in Shengjin on July 30, 2017.
People were designing a world without trafficking and exploitation through art. Their Messages, their Paintings and their Playing of Music was proclaiming to everyone: ‘Put an end to Modern Slavery”. Children were with us playing, drawing and painting. There were also many visitors who wrote inspiring messages on the Wallpaper.
1,973 people visited the UN Gift Box in Shengjin, Lezhe. They were informed by our volunteers of the issues around Human Trafficking and also received flyers which included the helpline number and useful information on detecting and fighting trafficking in persons.