Mary Ward was a Yorkshire woman who lived at a time of struggle and persecution for the Catholic Church in her native England. Her vision of religious life for women was derived from that of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
The key concepts of our spirituality are that in everything we:
Work for the greater glory of God
Seek and find God in all things
Work to be “wholly God’s”
Refer everything to God
Be contemplatives in action
Three significant moments in her spiritual journey were the founding experiences of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters). These experiences are commonly called: