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]
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]
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 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]