The Friends of Mary Ward spent a day of retreat on June 25th in Laç at the church of St. Anthony of Padua.
We had the chance to attend Mass together, explore the grounds, and gather in community for reflection and discernment. We also discussed the future of the Friends of Mary Ward here in Albania and in communities all over the world. It was a very fruitful gathering full of inspiration and planning for the upcoming year.
Our prayers centered around an attitude of openness, gratitude, and zeal, just like Mary Ward.
We would like to thank the Franciscan Community at the Shrine of St. Anthony for their welcome and hospitality. We look forward to coming back and to what the coming year holds for the Friends of Mary Ward.
“Serve God with great love and liberty of mind.”(Mary Ward).
This year, 6 of Mary Ward Friends in Albania went on Retreat in Rome. For some of us, it was our first time in Rome and was such a great and new experience. The group was very culturally diverse, being from countries all over the world, but all were members of the Mary Ward community.
We have shared and learned about the life of Mary Ward; her written letters, her history, her painted life, her lectures. What made it more realistic was visiting the place where Mary Ward had her clear vision of Never Being Alone in her struggle to found this new and daring congregation for women. It was inspiring being where she stayed and prayed and where she met with the key people who would stay close to her cause.
We felt as if we were back in time and as if Mary Ward were still alive as we walked and lived with her.