“Over 400 years ago, Mary Ward, the founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Congregation of  Jesus, was born into a world of turbulence. Mary spent her life following God’s guidance in seeking something new. She envisioned a religious community of women who were not cloistered, had no specific religious dress, and were free to bring God’s love wherever there was need.” Read Mary Ward’s full story here.

Mary Ward fought for women, for equality in education, for challenging and changing societal norms and more. “Support for and belief in Mary Ward has not waned in over 400 years and her beatification and canonization by the Church is long overdue.”

During Mary Ward Week or at any time, please help us by signing, sharing and helping to spread the word of Mary Ward’s life work which her followers believe warrants recognition by the Church today.

Read the full document below. Sign the petition here.