Uniting Britain and Albania
Mission Against
Human Trafficking

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change.
The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.



loThe Friends of Mary Ward meet monthly to reflect on the life and spirituality of Mary ward. There are now about thirteen members in the group which include some of the staff of MWL and they have formed a supportive network amongst each other. Some of the themes covered recently have been Mary Mother of God, The Trinity, Trust and Right relations with God and the whole of creation. The last meeting of December was very special for all members of the group. Two of the General Counsellors from IBVM were present in Albania and during this time the prayer for the coming of Advent formed a moving base for the visit. During these meetings we grow in the centrality of Jesus in our lives and our ministries, calling one another to live the prophetic mission of Christ faithfully and with integrity. We need to pray and to act so as to reflect the charism, the face of God, everywhere, on the margins and in the places of power and academia. We know we need to pay attention to the small things, stay on the margins and work with great responsibility because this is how we experience the call of Mary Ward today.

Reflection at the beautiful Eufemia church in Albania

10256285_900665376659058_5199342209669161709_o11221751_900665239992405_4353757261912912148_oAs this month’s meeting of the Friends of Mary Ward would be the last before the holidays, some of the group went on a pilgrimage and mini retreat to Kallmet, where the group could reflect at the beautiful Eufemia church and surrounding area. The theme for the retreat was ‘Trust in God’. We reflected on some of the stages in Mary Ward’s life where she was most challenged. We prayed together, had silence for contemplation and shared our reflections after pondering on some of the pictures of the Painted Life of Mary Ward. We reflected on how her struggles and her faith in overcoming these, could be applied in our own lives. After a morning of prayer we went to a beautiful setting where an established organic restaurant had been developed. The meal was delicious. We ended the day drinking coffee near the sea at shengjin. We were a very happy group on our return home.



Prayers for Mary Ward Week:  27 January 2016    28 January 2016    29 January 2016   30 January 2016  

Day 4 MW

26 January 2016


                                                            Mary Ward

Mark 10:46-52 They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go on your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.


Bartimaeus calls out Jesus’ name from the darkness of his own world. How many times have I called out for Jesus, feeling that I am just calling into the vast space around me? Even when those around Bartimaeus tell him to be silent, he calls out all the more. He doesn’t let anyone determine his course of action. His focus is on Jesus and he is not deterred. Jesus recognizes and acts upon the God-given dignity of Bartimaeus. He listens to his voice and asks for what he needs. From time to time in our own journeys we too experience darkness and need help. With deep faith and trust, we can call out to Jesus and voice our needs. He is our light and faithful companion on the road. The more we call upon Jesus, the more Jesus calls upon us to listen to the cries of our brothers and sisters and accompany them to the light. We too can say with confidence, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.”

Questions for Reflection

Jesus asks me, “What do you want me to do for you?” So I ask myself in prayer: What is my greatest need? What are the greatest needs of those around me? Do I value the voice of my brothers and sisters? Do I allow them to share their needs or do I assume that I know what is best for them?


“Accustom yourself in all doubts to cry out,
‘Lord what will you have me to do?”
Mary Ward



"Be such as you appear and appear such as you be.”
 “Do ordinary things well.”
                                      Mary Ward