Sunday 8 July

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.IMG_3706

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!   PHOTO-2018-07-08-13-25-31PHOTO-2018-07-08-13-25-32Following 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 We are delighted to have been able to share it with you all and we leave you with some previously unpublished photographs…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.

Yours ever

Jane and Noelle


10 thoughts on “Sunday 8 July”

  1. It has been a great blessing for us to have had Noelle and Jane with us for the past week. We wish you both every blessing and happiness as you continue in the footsteps of Mary Ward to make us ever more aware of all that unites us. Love and blessings from the Irish Province. Ita

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  2. Something being born. So glad they could open the old Abbey for you. That grain of wheat of our history that comes to an end gives way to the many new gifts yet to be born. Alleluia day!

    Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  3. What a blessed day in abbey house, moving visit to cemetery and Claude’s grave, then very emotional visit to abbey original chapel, so many wonderful memories for all. Thanks to the organisers. Super week on blog! Happy return to Rome and onward movement in increased Union of mind and heart for us all. Many thanks and every blessing in your ministry for ibvm

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  4. What a historic step! It has been to follow your journey together and to visit so many places and see so many faces . Another step towards the realization of Mary Ward’s deathbed desire ‘that they may be one’!


  5. This has been a historic trip. It will surely help towards unity. I am glad Rathfarnham Abbey was opened up to you and you could visit that historic site. All the best as you move forward with plans and great desires for oneness.


  6. Thank you both for the energy and life you brought during the week. Your schedule meant that many in the Irish Province were able to meet you and this meant a lot to us all. God’s blessing on all you do – true Mary Ward women!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these days of your journey. It has been lovely to accompany you through the blog. Safe return to Rome to you both.


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