Over 400 years ago Mary Ward experienced a call to an apostolic form of religious life – the beginning of the Institute. The Gospels and the experience of Ignatius and Mary Ward form the basis of the Constitutions of the Institute. These excerpts below from Volume II, revised in 2009, are inspired by Mary Ward’s spirituality.
We rely on them for guidance and inspiration, assistance and strength in living at the service of humanity, committed to building right relations with the earth and all of creation, for the greater glory of God.[i]
Excerpt from Chapter 1 Identity and Charism
This Ignatian tradition,
interpreted through a woman’s eyes,
is our graced heritage.
In prayer, Mary Ward was led to see
that this was the way God wanted for her Institute;