We will be celebrating Catholic Schools and Mary Ward Week from 25 – 29 January 2021 remotely this year.

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I listened to God’s deep dream for me and longed to respond to his invitation’

Mary Ward

Two women who pioneered education for girls will be remembered and celebrated in all Loreto schools in the coming week. Mary Ward born in Yorkshire, January 1585 and Frances Ball born 209 years later, in Dublin January 1794 have left an indelible mark and a rich legacy that has resulted in the establishing of Loreto schools from Swords to South Sudan and on every continent.

Both women shared a vision for education that faced many obstacles and challenges, but their courage, determination and resilience and their faith and trust that the Lord would guide them kept them forging ahead. They are great role models for us in this time of pandemic and uncertainty.

The values of Mary Ward encourage us to continue her work with confidence in our abilities to be seekers of truth and justice, people of joy and hope who, like Mary Ward and Frances Teresa Ball will make a difference – now and in the future.

Those two women lived at times when the practice of their Catholic Religion was severely restricted and so in this week which marks Catholic Schools we pray for all religious denominations and that all our schools will be places where peace, joy and hope are a reality

In the words of American Poet Amanda Gorman

There is always light- if only we are brave enough to see it

If only we are brave enough to be it.


Catholic Schools Week/Mary Ward Week