Pray With Us

Prayer is central to the life of a Loretto Sister. Through prayer we acknowledge God and creation in all its glory and wonder and we bring the needs of the world to our loving God. Many of our senior Sisters have a special devotion to prayer ministry.

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Through prayer each of us has a part in the Institute’s mission throughout our lives.

(Const. Vol. II, 2.13)

Ongoing Prayer Intentions

Let us pray on the 23rd of each month for the Beatification of our foundress, whose process is carried out through the Office for the Cause of Mary Ward and the devotion of the people who trust in her intercession.

 

Let us pray on the 30th of each month for the union of the two branches. We pray that all the steps necessary to become one Mary Ward Institute will be taken in the same spirit of openness, sincerity and trust in God, Creator of all that is good.

Mary Ward's Prayer

 

O Parent of parents, and Friend of all friends, without entreaty you took me into your care and by degrees led me from all else that at length I might see and settle my love in you.

What had I ever done to please you? Or what was there in me wherewith to serve you? Much less could I ever deserve to be chosen by you.

O happy begun freedom, the beginning of all my good, and more worth to me than the whole world besides.

Had I never hindered your will from working in me, what degrees of grace should I now have. Yet, where as yet am I?
 

My Jesus, forgive me, remembering what you have done for me, and where you have brought me, and for this excess of goodness and love let me no more hinder your will in me.

Mary Ward
Retreat, Liége, 1616

Image by Ben White

Prayer for the Beatification of Mary Ward

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 women 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.

Rosary

We pray with Special Intention for:

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Praying For
Date Received
Sheila, who is having surgery to remove a cancerous tumour. Mary Ward please keep her in safe hands.
03/08/2022
A friend from university days who is suffering with pancreatic cancer. Mary Ward please pray for him.
02/08/2022
The repose of the soul of Clemen Rivas Ojeda, CJ of Argentina. May she rest in peace.
27/07/2022
My brother Gordon, who has passed into eternal life following a boating accident. May he rest in peace.
24/07/2022
Sr Norma, who is in hospital undergoing some tests. Please keep her in your prayers.
23/07/2022
Clemen Rivas Ojeda, CJ from Argentina, who has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.
23/07/2022
Pieter, who broke his ankle and is now recovering from surgery. May he quickly recover.
21/07/2022
Jim, a dear brother, who passed away on Friday. RIP. And for his daughter and her family during this time.
18/07/2022
Carmen Arteta, ibvm of Spain; who has entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
15/07/2022
David, my nephew, transferred to palliative care, still experiencing much pain. And for Gladys and family.
14/07/2022
David, my nephew, transferred to palliative care, still experiencing much pain. And for Gladys and family.
14/07/2022
Ann, who is in rehab after a fall and not doing well. Venerable Mary Ward intercede and let her to recover.
12/07/2022
Mary Burkart, ibvm of Loreto Gorey, who has entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
10/07/2022
The repose of the soul of Libania, a dear mother who died on July 2. May she rest in peace.
04/07/2022
Betty, a beloved aunt, who died on Friday July 1. May she rest in peace.
04/07/2022
Kathleen, who died suddenly Tuesday, June 21st of a cerebral hemorrhage. May she rest in peace.
25/06/2022
The repose of a dear father, Charlie, who passed on June 7, with family by his side. May he rest in peace.
23/06/2022
Margaret, who is having a CT scan to determine the outcome of an earlier surgery. That it was successful.
23/06/2022
Burce, who has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Venerable Mary Ward, pray for him!
21/06/2022
Peter, who is dying from an aggressive form of cancer. Venerable Mary Ward pray for him and his family.
21/06/2022
Joaquin & Javier, 2 Mexican Jesuit priests, who were assassinated while protecting a man in their church.
21/06/2022
Patrick, a dear husband, father and grandfather; who passed peacefully on June 20.
21/06/2022
Sr. Norah who is going downhill and will be receiving palliative care. Venerable Mary Ward, pray for her.
16/06/2022
Mark, who is ill in hospital. May his recovery be swift.
14/06/2022
Joseph Gerard (Gerry) who died June 1, 2022. May he rest in peace.
14/06/2022
A beloved cousin, Duncan, who died today, after a long illness. RIP. And for Tina, his partner.
11/06/2022
Mary Fran, whose knee surgery has lead to complications & a 2nd surgery. For a successful recovery.
26/05/2022
My dad, Charlie, who has dementia and is in hospital under COVID lockdown and so very confused.
26/05/2022
Nick, who is having triple bypass surgery. For a successful recovery and happy future.
24/05/2022
Eternal rest for Richard, and for the comfort of his wife Sonja and their family.
24/05/2022
Jeanine, who is having a procedure on her knee - that it will ease the pain and help her mobility.
16/05/2022
Emily who has passed away. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord - and let perpetual Light shine upon her.
12/05/2022
Richard, who is dying: that his death will be peaceful and that he will be able to die at home, as he wishes.
11/05/2022
A dear husband, who has been diagnosed with kidney cancer - for surgical success and good recovery.
10/05/2022
Sr Judy who has been taken to hospital with severe stomach pain. Venerable Mary Ward pray for her.
10/05/2022
Josie, who has undergone surgery for skin cancer in the hopes to avoid further treatment - for its success.
10/05/2022
Nelson, who will undergo heart surgery on Wednesday, for a successful outcome.
02/05/2022
The repose of the soul of Sr Augustine Dempsey IBVM, of the USA. May she rest in peace.
01/05/2022
Paul, who has COVID and living with COPD, which makes him a high risk for any kind of lung infection.
30/04/2022
For Marie, who has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Venerable Mary Ward, pray for her.
30/04/2022
A friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Venerable Mary ward, pray for her.
26/04/2022
The repose of the soul of Sister Benigna of the Ursuline Sisters.
25/04/2022
Paulina, whose cancer has spread. Venerable Mary Ward, we entrust Paulina to your care.
22/04/2022
Nicole, for protection from her battles with diabetes and kidney disease
19/04/2022
Baby Sol, who is fighting a lung infection, that his condition is well managed and he stays strong.
18/04/2022
Ruth, who is quite unwell after giving birth to her first child on Saturday. Ven. Mary Ward, pray for her.
18/04/2022
Josie, who is having eye surgery on Wednesday, that it be successful and she quickly recovers.
18/04/2022
Alen, for the spiritual direction he is looking for in his life.
17/04/2022
Karen, to discern her vocational path.
16/04/2022
Cathy, for her and her family, and especially a new baby for her son, Brian.
14/04/2022
Steven, to find God's new vocation.
12/04/2022
Fred, who is ill with post-COVID reactive arthritis. May it go away quickly so he can fully recover.
11/04/2022
Little Sol, whose surgery was successful but there were complications. May he recover to full health.
11/04/2022
For the repose of the soul of our dear Sr Celine Marie Pinto ibvm, of Kolkata India. May she rest in peace.
11/04/2022
Yolanda, who is in the hospital for a serious infection. Mary Ward pray for her.
11/04/2022
Paloma, for God's blessings to watch over her.
07/04/2022
Margaret who is having surgery on Friday to remove a tumour from her brain and for her family.
07/04/2022
Helen, who has a number of health complications and is in hospital.
06/04/2022
Our dear Sr Genevieve Davey ibvm, of the Kirribilli Community, AU; who has entered eternal life. RIP.
05/04/2022
Sol, that his heart surgery is successful. And for his parents & brother, to have strength during this time.
05/04/2022
Will, who has developed a pulmonary embolism after a serious fall, has been hospitalized and in pain.
05/04/2022
Calvin, to find God's will in his life.
04/04/2022
Cathy, who is healing from surgery on her arm.
31/03/2022
The repose of the soul of Sr Berchmans O’Mahony ibvm, of Kilkenny Ireland. May she rest in peace.
28/03/2022
Our dear Sr Dominic O’Connor ibvm, of Kilkenny Ireland, who has entered eternal life. Rest in peace.
28/03/2022
Debralee, who has been diagnosed with kidney cancer.
25/03/2022
Sharon, who is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and is currently in the hospital, for comfort at this time.
24/03/2022
Donald, that he will become aware that God's love surrounds him.
24/03/2022
Katherine, during her pregnancy and wishing for a safe delivery of a healthy baby.
24/03/2022
Leeann, who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
23/03/2022
Geoffrey, for success on returning to Nigeria and healing his pain on his act of forgiveness of life.
22/03/2022
Kyle, to heal from alcoholism.
21/03/2022
Sr. Marides, who is being treated for a stage 4 cancer; for successful treatment, full healing & recovery.
21/03/2022
The deceased and wounded in the Russia Ukraine war and the deceased in the Alonso Diaz family.
19/03/2022
Our dear Sr Nora Curran IBVM of Wales, who has entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
19/03/2022
Our dear Sr Roberta Hakendorf ibvm of Melbourne, who passed away peacefully yesterday. RIP.
17/03/2022
Michael, who has just been diagnosed with an intestinal aneurysm, and is facing surgery this week.
17/03/2022
Jason, and his children; his children's mother, was killed in a head-on collision on Friday night.
12/03/2022
Xavier, to remain in Jesus to the very end.
11/03/2022
Josie, who awaits eye surgery and now further treatment on her other eye, for a full recovery.
09/03/2022
Cindy who has stage 4 lung cancer. And for Paul who has a tumour on his spine; for their recovery.
07/03/2022
A young woman who has lived for years with schizophrenia; who is in ICU with an undetermined illness.
03/03/2022
Noreen, who has been diagnosed with sarcoma; for strength to accept whatever path God has chosen.
03/03/2022
My beloved sister Anita, who has been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer; for her recovery.
01/03/2022
Indirarajah, who is currently in hospital with a brain bleed; that his condition stabilizes and he recovers.
28/02/2022
Abigail for her safe pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby.
28/02/2022
Our sisters in Kyiv, Uzhgorod & Seredne and for the people of Ukraine. Give them your spirit.
26/02/2022
Mick and Margot, who are missing their beloved best friend Molly.
24/02/2022
Our dear Sister Brid Smith, ibvm of Ireland, who has now entered into eternal life. May she rest in peace.
23/02/2022
Brother Francis, who suffered a brain bleed and seizure yesterday at suppertime.
22/02/2022
A dear brother who died today. Please keep Hal and all his family in your prayers.
21/02/2022
The husband of a very dear young friend who is fighting pancreatic cancer.
19/02/2022
Margaret, who has undergone surgery to remove cancer from her lungs. Pray that she has a full recovery.
18/02/2022
Janet, who is bravely fighting Stage IV glioblastoma brain cancer. Mary Ward continue to look after her.
18/02/2022
Our dear Sister Myrtle Hyndman, ibvm of Rathfarnham, who has entered eternal life. RIP.
13/02/2022
The repose of the soul of my Aunt Lillian who died today. May she rest in peace.
11/02/2022
A patient who is healing from trauma & substance misuse, and needs a safe place she can call home.
10/02/2022
Our dear Sister Dolores O’Keeffe, ibvm of Kilkenny, who has now entered eternal life. RIP.
08/02/2022
The repose of the soul of a dear friend, Ashley. May he rest in peace.
08/02/2022
For the soul of a dear sister Anne, who passed away this morning. RIP.
05/02/2022
Our dear Sister Caroline Dawson ibvm, who has entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
04/02/2022
A dear mother who has entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
31/01/2022
Alex, who died in hospital after being ill with COVID. RIP. And for his children and family now grieving.
29/01/2022
Ashley, who is seriously ill with COVID and on a ventilator. Venerable Mary Ward pray for him.
28/01/2022
Betsy, who is at home now after her time in hospital. For her complete recovery.
27/01/2022
Katharen, who died suddenly and tragically as the result of a fire.
27/01/2022
Our dear Sister Maura Drea ibvm, of Kilkenny Ireland, who has entered eternal life. Rest in peace.
26/01/2022
Honey, a longtime neighbour and family friend, who has entered eternal life. Rest in peace.
24/01/2022
Betsy, who is in hospital where she is having heart function tests. Pray that all goes well and easily fixed.
23/01/2022
A friend, who needs support through a planned intervention. That it is successful and she will get help.
17/01/2022
Nikolas, that he will become aware that God's mercy and love surround him despite his actions.
17/01/2022
Concetta, who died peacefully surrounded by her family whom she loved very deeply. Rest in peace.
14/01/2022
The repose of the soul of Sister Marilyn Marsh, ibvm of Wheaton, Illinois. May she rest in peace.
13/01/2022
Cindy, who is in the hospital with blood clots in her lungs and undergoing many tests.
13/01/2022
A friend who is blind, with Down's Syndrome, and has COVID pneumonia & would be anxious in hospital.
13/01/2022
The repose of our dear Sister Jo Bull, ibvm of Llandudno, Wales. May she rest in peace.
08/01/2022
Cristina García Sánchez, ibvm who has now entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
26/12/2021
Debbie, who has recently been moved to rehab where she is showing signs of improvement.
24/12/2021
Caroline, who is home from the hospital. She is not doing well as her health is failing.
23/12/2021
Fr. Bob CSB, who is very ill in St. Michael's hospital.
22/12/2021
Kathleen, mother of Gill, who died this morning in Scotland. May she rest in peace.
20/12/2021
A dear sister, Janet, who is dying after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
10/12/2021
A family, to support them as they make life changing decisions to help their son who has autism.
09/12/2021
A dear brother, James (Jim) who passed away, with his family by his side. May he rest in peace.
03/12/2021
Ralph, beloved husband of Diane (a Brunswick grad), who died last Thursday. May he rest in peace.
29/11/2021
The respose of our dear Sister Agnes Thompson, ibvm of Balbriggan, Ireland. May she rest in peace.
27/11/2021
Mary, a dear sister, who is in hospital.
25/11/2021
Our dear Sister Mary Joan McDonnell IBVM, who entered eternal life peacefully with sisters by her side. RIP.
22/11/2021
A dear mother who recently had a fall that landed her in hospital.
22/11/2021
A single woman with mental health issues facing discharge from hospital & is in need of affordable housing.
22/11/2021
A sister, Anne who has received bad news following her MRI and remains very ill.
20/11/2021
Our dear Sister Jacqueline Paturau IBVM, of Loreto Mauritius, who has now entered eternal life. RIP.
17/11/2021
Jean, who is dying. Please pray for her and for her family.
17/11/2021
Our dear Sister Chris Neil IBVM, of Kirribilli NSW AU, who has now entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
16/11/2021
Our dear Sister Loyola Ring IBVM, of Loreto Kilkenny, who has now entered eternal life. RIP.
15/11/2021
Maureen, wife of Carl (our colleague at Loretto Maryholme), who died suddenly on Sunday. RIP.
15/11/2021
Rachel, who is dealing with severe depression and talking about suicide.
14/11/2021
Duncan, who has just undergone extensive surgery for intestinal and bladder cancer.
05/11/2021
Ralph, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemo.
30/10/2021
A dear mother who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and begins chemo on Monday.
29/10/2021
Suzanne, whose youngest son, Andrew, died tragically as a result of schizophrenia.
29/10/2021
Joanne, who is at Rehab after surgery - for an easy and successful recovery.
25/10/2021
Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, on the occasion of holding their General Chapter Meetings & Elections.
21/10/2021
The repose of the soul of Jane, a former member, who died last weekend. RIP.
20/10/2021
Roseanne Dean, formerly Sr. Mary Rita, who died on Sunday. May she rest in peace.
19/10/2021
Our Archives team as they oversee moving the archives from Loretto Abbey to our new location this week.
18/10/2021
The repose of the soul of a dear brother, Bob, who died of cancer. May he rest in peace.
17/10/2021
Maura, as she prepares for an unexpected surgery on Friday. For a successful surgery and quick recovery.
14/10/2021
Layton, who has a tumour between his eyes and is nervously awaiting surgery.
12/10/2021
Delilah, whose birth complications are being managed at Sick Kids. And for her parents Caitlin and Robert.
09/10/2021
Mary, who is having coronary surgery on Thursday.
05/10/2021
Mary, who is having coronary surgery on Thursday.
05/10/2021
The repose of the soul of my cousin's wife, Carlene, who died today of cancer.
05/10/2021
A dear father, Martin, who passed away of a stroke in August. RIP.
01/10/2021
The repose of the soul of a dear brother, Tony, who passed away on Tuesday. May he rest in peace.
30/09/2021
Gloria and Steve, whose son Brian died suddenly after a soccer game. And for Brian's fiancee, Danielle.
26/09/2021
Alice, whose health has taken a sharp turn downward. Please pray for Alice's peace of mind and heart.
23/09/2021
Joanna and family, for comfort and peace following her mother's passing - may she rest in peace.
22/09/2021
Eunice, for a speedy recovery at St John's Rehab following her surgery.
21/09/2021
The comfort and consolation of Veronica and her family, on the death her brother Rienzie. RIP.
21/09/2021
Teresa's sister, who has inoperable brain cancer. Please pray for her and her family.
18/09/2021
Antoinette's husband, who had been in hospital, now at rehab, and needs a lot of physio to walk again.
18/09/2021
A dear mother who has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
16/09/2021
Wini, a former colleague, who recently passed away. Rest in peace.
15/09/2021
Eunice, who is having hip replacement surgery.
13/09/2021
David, who has entered eternal life. And for his family who are still grieving his sibling's passing.
11/09/2021
Mary Jane, class of ‘75, at Loretto Abbey who has passed away. She was a bright light.
07/09/2021
Cindy, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, as she struggles to accept this diagnosis.
01/09/2021
Dorothy, who suffered an aneurism on Sunday. Her condition is stable for now. Also Peter, who is having heart surgery today.
30/08/2021
Our dear Sister Olivia Morgan IBVM, who has now entered eternal life. May she rest in peace.
28/08/2021
The repose of the soul of Rita, a St. Cecilia's grad and LCS '73, after many years of illness. RIP.
27/08/2021
David, who has been transferred to rehab. And Gudrun, who is struggling with a fractured knee.
25/08/2021
Guan Ya, a dear mother. May she rest in peace.
21/08/2021
Our dear Sister Antonia Hickie IBVM who entered eternal life at age 106. May she rest in peace.
19/08/2021
Guido, a dear father, who passed away peacefully, at the age of 97.
18/08/2021
The respose of Francisco, an untiring advocate for justice for all. RIP.
13/08/2021
David, who is in hospital - on the mend we think but continuing observation.
10/08/2021
Larry, who was rushed into ICU last evening with a massive infection after a surgery last week.
03/08/2021
Shirley, who is at the beginning of navigating her journey with pancreatic cancer.
30/07/2021
Please pray for the repose of the soul of our dear Sister, Maria Sheerin, IBVM.
27/07/2021
Maureen, a long-time friend and former staff member at Loretto-Brunswick. May she rest in peace.
25/07/2021
Maria, who has completed her cancer treatments and awaits the results in the fall.
22/07/2021
Larry, whose melanoma has returned and he will be undergoing a difficult medical procedure.
20/07/2021
Liz & Wayne, newly married. Liz now has a growth on her thyroid and Wayne has pancreatic cancer.
20/07/2021
Thomas, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer and treatment for it will be quite difficult for him.
19/07/2021
Teresa, who passed quietly on Friday. Teresa leaves her husband and children and one brother.
18/07/2021
For the repose of the soul of our dear Sister Alma Toppo, IBVM.
14/07/2021
Cami, who needs to get stronger as she awaits heart surgery following a stroke.
13/07/2021
Marie, a dear cousin who passed away peacefully. May she rest in peace.
13/07/2021
Winnie Doyle, IBVM, whose sister died suddenly last week.
11/07/2021
For the repose of Christiane, 100 years, who passed away peacefully. May she rest in peace.
08/07/2021
David, who has lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, and is starting treatment with an experimental drug.
07/07/2021
Alec, who was tragically killed in a hit and run. And for his grieving family members.
05/07/2021
Shanti, who is having surgery for a large tumour on her spine.
01/07/2021
Teresa, on life support after suffering a stroke.
29/06/2021
Maria, who has lung cancer and is being transferred from hospital to hospice care.
29/06/2021
Marion who fell and broke her pelvis. She is in pain at the hospital.
28/06/2021
A cousin who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma on her spine.
24/06/2021
Alma, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and having a medical procedure.
24/06/2021
Kamila, who is seriously ill, and for her sister Clare, who is grieving the recent death of her husband.
14/06/2021
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