Mary Ward Week 2011

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MW_jigsawI heard distinctly, not by sound of voice,

but intellectually understood, these words:

“Take the same of the Society”.

So understood as that we were to take the same

both in matter and manner, that only excepted

which God by diversity of sex hath prohibited.

These few words gave so much light in that

particular Institute, so much comfort and

strength, and so changed my whole soul, that it

was impossible for me to doubt that they came

from Him whose words are works.


Dear sisters and friends


In 1611, Mary Ward heard these words and 400 years later the Institute has fulfilled her vision. In 2002 the Congregatio Jesu adopted the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus ad maximum

and in 2009 the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) did the same. Mary Ward’s vision has been fulfilled.


In this booklet you will find quotations from the Word of God, Mary Ward sayings and extracts from our Constitutions and the Spiritual Exercises. We hope this will help you along this week’s journey.


Each one of us share her charism, each one knows something of the jigsaw and between us all we continue to bring light to this vision.


January 23rd begins with LIGHT and moves through DISCERNMENT for the MISSION we are living, and with SIGNS of CONFIDENCE and COURAGE, we place our HOPE in God alone. Him alone must be placed our hope. [C812]


Ana Garrigues IBVM, Leticia Larrea CJ

Esther Villahoz CJ, Mª Teresa Vorcy IBVM


To print the Mary Ward Week 2011 booklet in English, click on the link

To print the Mary Ward Week 2011 booklet in Spanish, click on the link