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.
The second Mary Ward Lay Conference, organized by the CJ English Province and Friends of Mary Ward will take place in York, this summer. This event will bring together lay friends of Mary Ward from all over the world and four Mary Ward Friends from Albania will join this event. Sr Imelda Poole (IBVM), will be one of the keynote speakers.
We will listen to the experts on ‘Mary Ward, Prophetic Woman’. There will be times for group discussion, visits to Mary Ward places such as the Bar Convent, York Minster, Mulwith, Ripley Castle, Bishop Thornton, Mt Grace and Osbaldwick. There will be a time for meeting and making friends, and time to reflect on who is Mary Ward, the Prophetic Woman for us today.
On August 12th is the International Youth Day: We pray for all young people in the World that they will find purpose in faith, justice, freedom and integrity.
‘Let us pray for all victims of terrorism, for families affected by tragedy and for all the people continue to grieve and are upset by war and terrorism. Let us also pray for those that cause this merciless damage, that they may think of and reflect on their actions and realize the harm they cause, and may be urged to abandon all violence and seek forgiveness. We pray that humanity, in these troubled times, find true and lasting peace, the peace that will only come about when justice and mercy come together.’
Friends of Mary Ward had a retreat at the Carmelite Retreat centre in Nenshat, Lezhe. On this day, we prayed, discerned and reflected together about the future of our group, its identity and mission. Friends of Mary Ward is a spiritual group with a Christian and Gospel base, with common leadership and social action lead. We all agreed that MWL’s mission is praying and reflecting together as a spiritual group and having a mini project, doing voluntary work, and doing concrete things. We are very happy to invite more people to join our team, we meet very month and we will work in teams and each of the teams will address different issues and lead the monthly meeting.
The Friends of Mary Ward in Albania had a great meeting this month in Pogradec near Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. We as always, meet together once a month and this meeting involved prayer and reflection to be clearer about our way forward. We were asked to bring one idea into this open discussion on how we see our future as Friends of Mary Ward.
We are a fantastic group. All had great ideas on how we see the future of the friends of Mary Ward. We are a group of volunteers who follow the mission of Mary Ward and we are thinking to do some volunteering work on helping people in need. No doubt we are spiritual people, we pray, reflect and we share together our feelings and our thoughts.
If you want to join us you are welcome.