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New features: On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward App

The On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward App has been updated and is now available
on both Android and Apple phones.
Those who already have the App on Android will need to install the new version to enjoy the new features. Go to the Playstore and follow the prompts. Those with iOS update the App in the Appstore.
The exciting new features are translations into German and Spanish. Your phone
will recognize the set language and use that version. If you would like the English
version go to Settings on the index page and make the change. All texts have been
translated but the Audio recordings remain in English. Also in the Settings you might like to provide feedback.

Our grateful thanks to Sr Gabriele Martin CJ and Sr Isabel Gortazar IBVM for their dedicated work of translation.

The On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward App guides you on a journey following Mary Ward's footsteps.


In our present time of instant communication and ease of travel, the story of Mary Ward and her life-long desire to seek and know God’s will, can seem like a struggle way beyond human resilience.


That an English woman, in Post-Reformation England, could believe the Catholic Church would approve a plan for religious women to be free from the jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop but governed by one of their own, free from the obligations of the cloister, focused on the mission of educating girls in a similar way to boys, and flexible enough to respond to the needs identified around them, seems outrageous, shocking and misguided. This is what Mary Ward came to understand as God’s will for her.


With the young women inspired to join her, she crossed the English Channel many times, traversed the Alps of Europe on foot three times to seek approval for her congregation and all along the way, she established houses and schools where she was welcomed and supported. And while she died under the shadow of the Inquisition ... her congregation can be found today in over 40 countries, with more than 200 Mary Ward schools, colleges and informal education facilities and thousands of women and men proudly associated with her charism and spirituality.


She truly believed that there is no such difference between men and women that women may not do great things, as we have seen by the example of many saints who have done great things.


On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward will spark memories if you have visited these places, tempt you to make a pilgrimage, or add some ideas for the next time you are near York and Yorkshire, London and Saint-Omer, Liège, Munich or Rome.


Enjoy the journey ...



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