International Friends of Mary Ward Conference
(7-12 August 2017)
A group of six Australians set off in early August to attend the second International Friends of Mary Ward Conference in York, England. The first conference in 2014 was located in Loyola, Spain. Delegates from across 25 countries converged at the York St John University.
The Australian representatives were from diverse parts of our Mary Ward family. All had been invited to attend by the former Loreto Australia and South East Asia Province Leader, Sister Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm. The six Australians included: Jacquelyn Fingleton (President, Loreto Kirribilli Ex-students’ Union), Mary-Rose McLaren (long serving member of of the Mary Ward Grants Committee), Judy Smeed (Board Director, Loreto Ministries), Cate Sydes (CEO, Loreto Ministries), Patricia Quinn (Manager, HR, Risk & Policy, Loreto Ministries) and Nicole Archard (Principal, Loreto College Marryatville).
The conference titled Mary Ward ‘Prophetic Woman’ celebrated her history, future legacy and discerned the importance of Mary Ward’s message in a contemporary setting. We attended lectures, workshops and had the opportunity to visit the places in Yorkshire closely associated with Mary Ward’s life.
Keynote Speakers and Topics:
- Sister Gemma Simmonds CJ on ‘Mary Ward, Prophetic Woman’
- Elaine McDonald on ‘Bearers of a Dangerous Memory: the prophetic legacy of Mary Ward’
- Sister Imelda Poole CJ on ‘Mary Ward, Prophetic Woman – Living Prophecy Today’
Overall, the delegates were incredibly grateful to be offered this opportunity to deepen our understanding and admiration of Mary Ward, her legacy and inspiring projects across the world that continue to spread her message over 400 years later to ‘seek truth and do justice’.
Scroll through the images below to gain a glimpse of the journey.
Words: Collaboration by Australian Delegates