Last Sunday we began our amazing journey with mass in Abbey House and today we joined the community again for mass. At the end of mass we were presented with a document prepared by the Archivists, with copies of the letters of Archbishop Murray and Mrs. Coyney, indicating that Teresa Ball was being formed and sent to found a “house of the Institute” in Dublin.
After mass we processed to the cemetery where Jane planted a rose bush on the grave of her Great-Aunt, Sr. Claude. The community were all present and the sun shone brightly.
We then had the unexpected opportunity to visit the old Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham, which is now an Irish school. Even though schools are now on summer holidays, Maria Hyland manage to arrange to have the Abbey opened, and many of the community joined Jane and Noelle for a trip down memory lane! Following coffee in Abbey House we left for Dublin airport. It only remains for us to say a very warm and sincere THANK YOU to Ita and the Irish Province for all the welcomes, kindness and hospitality we have received during this week. It has been overwhelming. Thank you all very much indeed. Thank you also to all who have accompanied us on this journey, commenters and non-commenters. To those of you who did comment, thank you for the encouragement. We are delighted to have been able to share it with you all and we leave you with some previously unpublished photographs…
Our hope and our prayer is that this week has been another step on the journey towards becoming one Mary Ward body. We are both more than ever convinced that this would be her desire.
Jane and Noelle