On a trip to Cuba late last year Pope Francis was presented with a letter from Mary Ward Associates requesting him to beatify and canonise the founder of the Loreto Sisters, Mary Ward. A young child who was presented to the Pope during the visit asked the Holy Father to “please beatify Mary Ward”. The Pope is reported to have responded by saying, “I want Mary Ward to be beatified and God wants Mary Ward to be beatified”. This story provides great encouragement to re-ignite the Cause of Mary Ward with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. We are aware of a groundswell of devotion to her and of a growing interest in having her beatified from our circle of friends and Sisters all over the world. We know there is support for her Cause in the Congregation for Causes of the Saints and we have been given encouragement to seek more actively once again her beatification and canonisation. We feel that the door is open and that the time is now, and we ask for your renewed prayers and support at this time. Denise Desmarchelier ibvm is the Loreto Australia & South East Asia’s contact person who is gathering a sizeable list of Mary Ward’s ongoing and widespread inspiration within our Province.
We invite you to share this encouraging news within your community through the distribution of this information and prayer brochure below. We also invite you to pray with us:
Venerable Mary Ward pray for us and give us your spirit
To download the Prayer for the Beatification of Mary Ward brochure please click here. To find out more about the life of Mary Ward please click here.