Vocations week is an opportunity to explore our deep call in life. To discover what brings us most energy and joy and builds community. As followers of Mary Ward and her Companions we come from a rich tradition of listening to our own deep call.
The closest companions of Mary Ward share the last words she uttered to them. These are words about vocation. They are profound words, not just because they are Mary’s precious last words but because they are filled with divine hope, loving action and have a proven prophetic force that continues to send ripples that stir and open hearts for mission almost 400 years later today.
About 7 of the clocke desired uas all to be present…then commended to us with greatest feeling the practis of gods Vocation in us, that it be constantly, efficaciously, and affectionately in all that belongs to the general and particular of the same, said god will assiste and helpe you…
(‘the same’ in Mary Ward writings always stands for the founding revelation of 1611 ‘take the same of the Society’ [of Jesus].
As Mary and her companions speak about ‘the practice of God’s vocation in us’ it is most likely they are referring to their own interior sense of vocation. This seemed a heartfelt knowledge that they were called by a loving Creator who was inviting them to share in the creative process.
Mary’s Desire – God’s vocation in us – that it be Constantly, Efficaciously and Affectionately attuned to our call.
 Mary Poyntz to Barbara Bapthorpe on Mary Ward’s death, Hewarth, February 1645 in Christina Kenworthy-Browne CJ. Ed. Mary Ward 1585-1645 A Briefe Relation with Autobiographical Fragments and a Selection of Letters, L. 6. 160.
If you are interested in further exploring your own sense of call, find more information here or contact Loreto Australia’s Vocations’ Director, Rachel McLoughlin ibvm: firstname.lastname@example.org