SISTER ARMINE RADLEY CJ 1922-2014
Sister Armine Radley died on January 13th 2014, at St Joseph’s, York. Her
Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Tony Lester O.Carm and four other priests, with her family, her CJ companions in the English Province, the nurses and staff of St Joseph’s who had cared for her with great devotion, and many friends. Armine was the daughter of an army officer and herself served as an officer in the women’s army (ATS); sadly, she had lost her husband, also an army officer, in World War II. She entered Mary Ward's Institute in 1953, at the age of 30. Her various early experiences had prepared her for the great work she was to do for the English Province in the missions she held. She was appointed Superior four times, at Shaftesbury, Ascot, London (Kentish Town) and Cambridge. She had a special gift for Retreat giving and Spiritual Direction in general, and showed a particular understanding of the needs of the widowed, divorced and separated; she was auditor for the Diocese of East Anglia Marriage Tribunal. May she rest in peace. The full obituary is on the Documents and Talks page
– click HERE
to find it quickly.
[Entry dated: 24/01/2014]
FAREWELL MASS OF THANKSGIVING AT ST STEPHEN'S HULL
In the spring Sisters Anna Hawke and Josie Bulger will be handing over to the Daughters of Charity their ministry in St Stephen’s, Hull, where they have worked for seventeen and fifteen years respectively. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on 20th January by Bishop Terence Drainey, Fr Dominic Minskip from the neighbouring South East Hull Parish, and several other priests. Twenty-four CJ Sisters joined the congregation which filled St Stephens to celebrate joyfully the outstanding service given by Anna and Josie, and the achievements of St Stephens Neighbourhood Centre. Some of these are outlined on the CJ SOCIAL MINISTRY page of this Website.
Website news is necessarily brief, but the story will be told in the next edition of CJ News¸with more photographs. The image here shows Anna and Josie sitting in front of some of the boards which surrounded the room with details of the great work they and their many supporters have been able to do.
[Entry dated: 23/01/2014]
THE BAR CONVENT, YORK -EXCITING PLANS
Exciting plans have been launched to extend access, improve
understanding, and secure the future of The Bar Convent. Click LIVING HERITAGE PROJECT to read more. .
[Entry dated: 17/10/2013]
NAOMI HAMILTON - FIRST PROFESSION OF VOWS
Naomi Hamilton made her first profession on 14 September in the hands of Sister Jane Livesey, CJ Generql Superior. Mass was celebrated in the Bar Convent chapel by Fr Gero McLoughlin SJ, attended by a large congregation members of the Congregation ofJesus, Naomi's family and friends, and other friends and well-wishers.
Naomi has received her religious training as a novice at the Bar Convent for the past two years. She has now transferred to our London community, where she will study for an MA in theology at Heythrop College.
The images show Naomi pronouncing her vows at the altar just before Holy Communion, and the signing of the profession-book by herself and Sister Jane after Mass.
[Entry dated: 19/09/2013]
CONGREGATION OF JESUS GENERALATE IN ENGLAND FOR THREE MONTHS
At the beginning of September Sister Jane Livesey and the members of the CJ Generalate moved from Rome to the Bar Convent, York, where they will stay till December. There were two reasons for this decision. First, to come closer to the roots of our foundation in Mary Ward's Yorkshire and deepen our love of Mary Ward herself; secondly, most of us urgently need to improve our knowledge of English.
During this time we made a pilgrimage to Osbaldwick, the village near York where re Mary Ward’s tombstone is to be found and honoured in the Church of St Thomas. For the Vicar, the Rev. Andrew Clements, the tombstone which is made of porous Tadcaster limestone, is a miracle in itself. Over the centuries it has not deteriorated, though in earlier years it stood in the open air, exposed to wind and weather. After he had talked to us about the Mary Ward and the tombstone, we spent some time praying in the church. We also met the lady who regularly arranges the flowers near the stone.
(Copied from the CJ Rome website with a few additions)
[Entry dated: 19/09/2013]
FAREWELL TO FITZJOHN'S AVENUE
The members of the London community have moved from No 49 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, Hampstead to a smaller house in Willesden Lane. On Saturday 6th July a Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated in the school chapel of No 47, by courtesy of the Headmistress, Angela Rawlinson, for members of the English Province, past pupils and parents, school staff, and our many friends.
This was an occasion for celebration, though with some sadness as the Congregation of Jesus has been in this part of London since 1872 and in Fitzjohn’s Avenue since the purchase of No 47 in 1926 and No 49 in 1936. Mass was followed by lunch in the garden, an afternoon of memories and farewells, and tea with a huge celebration cake. Our gratitude to the community for all the planning and work which they had put into the day to make it such a special and happy occasion, and to the Governors, Headmistress and staff of St Mary’s School who have taken on and successfully developed the school we founded nearly 150 years ago.
[Entry dated: 10/07/2013]
MEETING OF PROVINCIAL AND REGIONAL SUPERIORS IN ROME APRIL 2013
The 17 Provincial and Regional Superiors of the Congregation of Jesus have been meeting in Rome for Rome for two weeks during April to discuss the life and mission of the CJ.
This truly international group, coming from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, has an advisory function.
During the meetings the provincials exercise “collegial responsibility in areas of collaboration and mutual inter-provincial support, common planning, universal mission, formation, and the ‘union of hearts’.”
The photographic record can be seen on the Gallery page. To reach this quickly, click HERE
[Entry dated: 05/05/2013]
MARY WARD. Sermon preached at Osbaldwick on 27 January 2013
Evensong in honour of Mary Ward at the Church of St Thomas, Osbaldwick, on 27th January 2012, the Sunday nearest to the anniversary of Mary Ward's death on 30 January 1645 and her burial in Osbaldwick churchyard.
This year Sister Frances Orchard CJ, Provincial Superior, was the preacher To read the sermon CLICK HERE
[Entry dated: 01/04/2013]
MARY WARD PLAQUE IN ROME
The anniversary of Mary Ward’s death – 30 January – was celebrated in a special way in Rome this year as the last joint IBVM/CJ Jubilee project came to fruition. On that afternoon the members of both Generalates, together with the Via Nomentana community, were joined by Monsignor Nicholas Hudson, Rector of the Venerable English College, for the blessing of the newly erected plaque in honour of Mary Ward – a partner to the one recently unveiled in St Omer.
The Rome plaque has been placed on the wall of the English College facing Via Montoro and therefore directly opposite the site of the house in which we believe that Mary Ward and her companions lived when in Rome in the 1620s. The plaque makes specific reference to the work of Mary Ward and her English companions in opening a school for the poor children of Rome in 1625.
It was a very happy and moving occasion for all of us as Mary Ward’s daughters to see her commemorated and honoured in Rome, a city in which she underwent so much suffering in trying to establish “this course of ours…” Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
Text and photographs from the CJ Rome Website www.congregatiojesu.org
[Entry dated: 22/02/2013]
ST OMER - MARY WARD PLAQUE
In 1609 Mary Ward left England for Flanders with five companions, and early in 1610 she bought a house in St Omer and founded a school for girls. On 28 November 2012 a group of CJs and IBVMs converged on St Omer for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Mary Ward which has been placed on the wall of her house there. There were about 30 people present for the occasion, including representative of both Generalates, both CJ and IBVM English provinces and the IBVM Irish province. The St Omer civic officials, notably the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, met the proposal with great enthusiasm and not only supported it but also arranged a Reception to follow the inauguration of the plaque. The Mayor spoke about Mary Ward with a depth of understanding and appreciation that moved us all. It was a very happy day with a real sense of the union of minds and hearts among all Mary Ward’s daughters – which we all experienced as we prayed together in the Cathedral and sang the Salve Regina in front of the statue of Notre Dame de Miracles, a statue before which we know that Mary Ward also prayed.
The initiative for this plaque, as for its partner which will be placed on the wall of the English College in Rome, came from the two Generalates and is the final collaboration of the Jubilee years. The Rome plaque will be inaugurated in 2013.
[Entry dated: 25/12/2012]
MARY WARD DOCUMENTARY DVD
Mary Ward - Dangerous Visionary
This one hour documentary DVD, produced by Sarah Macdonald and the Irish TV production company ‘New Decade’ was shown during an evening session at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. The theme that day was 'Communion in suffering and healing' which is appropriate for the story of Mary Ward.
'Mary Ward - Dangerous Visionary' includes re-enactments of seminal moments in Mary Ward’s life with historical commentary. It incorporates footage of two projects where Mary Ward Sisters are working today. While education has traditionally been a major part of her Sisters' work, she herself wanted her members to respond to the needs of the times. Their ministry, she wrote, would be “care of the faith and other works congruous to the times”. In her own time she sent some of her companions to support the priests on the dangerous English Mission.
Footage from the Bar Convent in York, near to the scenes of Mary Ward’s birth and death, is juxtaposed with aspects of her story in the 21st century work done by her Institute. Part of the documentary contains visually arresting images from locations in South Sudan and Canada which challenge viewers on issues such as education of girls who face discrimination and the marginalisation of the mentally ill and homeless.
The DVD is available from the Bar Convent shop, price £9 sterling per copy plus £3 UK packing and postage.
[Entry dated: 18/05/2012]
YORK BLITZ April 29th 1942
April 29th was the anniversary of the 'Baedeker Air Raid' on York, with the destruction of the Bar Convent's East Wing and part of the main building - and the deaths of five Sisters. A special Mass of Remembrance and Reconciliation was celebrated in the Bar Convent Chapel for these Sisters, for all those who lost their lives that night in York, and for all who die in war and conflict. The Chapel was crowded with people of all ages, and the older generation as they met after the Mass, exchanged memories of that terrible night. A Service of Remembrance was also held in the church of St Mary Le Grand, the York church which had suffered complete destruction in the bombing and had been rebuilt after the war. With articles and photographs daily in the local Press, this was a week of memory and prayers for peace.
[Entry dated: 05/05/2012]
MUNICH - PARADEISERHAUS EXCAVATION IN PROGRESS
In 1627 Mary Ward founded the first school for girls in Bavaria, at the request of the Elector Maximilian, who gave her a house in the Weinstrasse, named the Paradeiserhaus.
This house and school survived the suppression of Mary Ward’s congregation in 1631 but was confiscated by the government in 1809 and totally destroyed by aerial bombing in 1945. Archaeological excavations are now in progress; the cellars of the Paradeiserhaus have been discovered and 25 members of the Middle European Province have been able to visit the site.
It was the survival of the Paradeiserhaus after 1631 which saved Mary Ward’s congregation, providing a safe place where new members could be accepted and then sent out to found new communities in Germany and England. This was due to the selfless energy and sound judgement of Winefrid Bedingfield (1610 – 1666), older sister of Frances Bedingfield who founded the Bar Convent in York in 1686.
[Entry dated: 05/02/2012]
St Joseph's - RECENT EXTENSION ADDED
St Joseph's, York is the community for the elderly frail members of the CJ English Province who need 24 hour care. It is run by Sr Agatha, Margaret Loftus, and a team of devoted nurses and carers, but until recently the cramped nature of the premises has made their task extremely difficult. The completion of a much-needed extension coincided with the celebration of the Province Jubilees on 20 June 2009, and the festivities began with a service of blessing in St Joseph's Chapel. As well as the small but beautiful Chapel, the extension contains a fine sitting room and dining area, new bedrooms, wider corridors for wheelchairs, and various other much needed facilities, making space for better accommodation in the main house for the nurses as well as for the eleven Sisters. The opening day was a most happy occasion for everybody, and a selection of photographs can be seen on the Gallery Page
[Entry dated: 05/02/2012]
NEW MARY WARD BOOK
A new book of Mary Ward source texts has been published by the Catholic Record Society, in preparation for the Jubilee 400 year 1609-2009: Mary Ward (1585-1645) A Briefe Relation with Autobiographical Fragments and a Selection of Letters, edited by Christina Kenworthy-Browne CJ, Boydell and Brewer 2008. The Briefe Relation, the earliest biography of Mary Ward, is thought to have been written c. 1650 by Mary Poyntz, one of her closest companions,. A successful book launch was hosted jointly by the CRS and the CJ at the Bar Convent on 2 December 2008. This book is available at a discount offer on the price from The Bar Convent, York.
[Entry dated: 05/02/2012]
PUBLICATION OF MARY WARD SOURCE TEXTS
The long awaited publication of Mary Ward and Her Foundation.The Source Texts to 1645 has now taken place. Mary Ward und ihre Grundung. Die Quellentexte bis 1645, 4 vols, edited by Sr Ursula Dirmeier CJ, was published in Munster, Germany at the end of 2007. The texts are presented in their original languages with full introductions and notes in German. For further information on this important collection, which was presented to the Holy Father in March 2008, see the Talks and Documents page on this website where there is an account of the presentation and some photographs.
[Entry dated: 05/02/2012]
Mary Ward honoured in Yorkshire, the County of her birth
The Yorkshire Society, a large group of members and corporate members, seeks to honour the achievements of distinguished people born in Yorkshire by erecting Yorkshire Rose Plaques in places with which they were associated. Up to now these plaques have celebrated famous Yorkshire men. On 31 March 2007 the Society came to the Bar Convent to set up on the front wall a plaque for Mary Ward, the first woman to be so honoured. This fine plaque, engraved by John Shaw on blue Welsh slate, has been much admired.
[Entry dated: 05/02/2012]