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Prayer for Mary Ward


The Loreto Sisters are seeking the support of Australian Catholics for the successful conclusion of their founder’s canonisation case.

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A miracle is needed to advance the cause of Mary Ward (1585-1645) to the next level of beatification, and the Sisters say they have a very promising case.

“Her virtue and reputation for holiness have been validated by the Church; in being declared ‘Venerable’ the Church has given public recognition to Mary Ward’s significance and importance for the Church and society today and in the future,” Sr Denise Desmarchelier IBVM said.

The Sisters would like people say the following prayer and to write a brief statement of what Mary Ward means to them in their part of the world; her impact, direct or indirect, on their lives. (Email to

God, creator of all that is good, we thank you for giving Mary Ward to the Church and to the world.
Impelled by the fire of your love, she did not shrink from risks, labours or sufferings.
She lived and worked for your greater glory, for the good of the Church, for the nurture of faith and for the dignity of women.
She was a pilgrim who spread the joy of the gospel. A woman for our times.
Grant that through the solemn testimony of the Church the example of her life may be a light for all who seek God’s will. Amen.


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