Mary Ward - History

Mary Ward was born in England in 1585 into an upper class Catholic family, in a time of fierce religious
passion and bigotry.  Like many Englishwomen from the higher classes, Mary Ward enjoyed greater freedom and independence than was available to women in most Catholic countries at that time.  Contrary to the norm for women in those times, she had received a balanced classical education.  Surrounded by strong recusant women who upheld the Catholic faith within their homes and communities in the face of persecution, imprisonment or execution, Mary Ward grew up with a firm belief in the capacity of women to contribute significantly to both Church and society.

The  5  Values  of  Mary  Ward  that  she   wishes  everyone  to  aim  for  are :

• Sincerity. • Verity (Truth). • Justice. • Freedom. • Felicity (Joy).