SOURCES FOR MARY WARD
1. PRINTED BOOKS
Peters, Henriette IBVM/CJ, Mary Ward, A World in Contemplation, trans. by Helen Butterworth IBVM/CJ. (Leominster: Gracewing, 1994).
Littlehales, Margaret Mary CJ, Mary Ward, Pilgrim and Mystic 1585-1645, 1998 2nd edn (London: Continuum, 2001).
Wetter, Immolata CJ, Mary Ward Under the Shadow of the Inquisition. Translated by Bernadette Ganne and Patricia Harriss CJ (Oxford, Campion Hall. Way Books 2006) Click here
Kenworthy-Browne, Christina CJ, [ed.] Mary Ward 1585-1845, A Briefe Relation, with Autobiographical Fragments and a Selection of Letters. (Woodbridge, the Boydell Press for the CRS 2008)
Orchard, Gillian IBVM/CJ [ed.] Till God Will. Mary Ward Through Her Writings, (London: Darton, Longman and Todd. 1985).
The original edition is out of print. A reprint is available from the Way Ignatian Book Service, Campion Hall, Oxford OX1 1QS, UK (click here)
Cameron, Jennifer IBVM, Dangerous Innovator, Mary Ward 1585-1645,
(Strafield, Australia: St Paul Publications, 2000).
Cover, Jeanne IBVM, Love the Driving Force. Mary Ward’s Spirituality: Its Significance for Moral Theology, (USA: Marquette University Press, 1998).
Daly, Thérèse IBVM, Deepest Longings. Mary Ward’s Ignatian Way, (Melbourne: Jesuit Publications. 1990).
Wright, Mary IBVM. Mary Ward’s Institute. The Struggle for Identity,
(Sydney. Crossing Press. 1997).
2. BOOKS NOW OUT OF PRINT BUT OBTAINABLE IN LIBRARIES
Chambers, Mary Catherine, IBVM/CJ. The Life of Mary Ward, ed James Coleridge SJ. 2 vols. (London: Burns & Oates, 1882, 1885).
Grisar, Josef SJ, Die Ersten Anklagen in Rom gegen das Institut Maria Ward.
(Rome: Pont. Univ. Gregoriana.1959).
Grisar, Josef SJ, Maria Wards Institut vor Romischen Institut Kongregationen, 1616-1630, (Rome: Pont. Univ. Gregoriana.1966).
Guilday, Peter. The English Refugees on the Continent 1578-1795, (London: Longmans, Green, 1914).
The Way. Journey into Freedom. Mary Ward, Essays in honour of the fourth centenary of her birth, (London: Way Supplement Number 53. Summer 1985).
3. PUBLISHED PRIMARY SOURCES
Mary Ward and Her Foundation (Mary Ward und Ihr Grundung) the Written Sources to 1645, edited by Ursula Dirmeier CJ in 4 volumes with introductions and notes in German, contains all the source texts in their original languages. (Munster 2007). A set is kept in the Bar Convent archives for the use of researchers. For further information see the TALKS AND DOCUMENTS pages on this website.
Older transcripts of Mary Ward's own writings from the original manuscripts in Munich are also available for research in the Bar Convent archives. Because of the troubled history of Mary Ward’s institute, including its suppression by Pope Urban VIII by Papal Bull in 1631, and Pope Benedict X1V’s Constitution Quamvis Iusto in 1749, which forbade Mary Ward to be recognised as Foundress, and remained in force until 1909, the original writings of Mary Ward listed below are the only texts which have survived.
4. MARY WARD's OWN WRITINGS
- Autobiographical Fragments c. 1617-1624
Separate papers written in Mary Ward’s own hand, covering the period 1585 to 1606.
- Autobiography c. 1624-1626.
Written in Italian, covering the period 1600 to 1609.
- Letters 1615-1642
- Three conferences given by Mary Ward to the Sisters at St Omer 1617 Sometimes known as the “They Are But Women” addresses.
- Early plans and outlines for Mary Ward’s institute. c. 1611-1624
- Various Papers 1614-1636. These are spiritual writings, and include Mary Ward’s Retreat notes, resolutions, and some prayers.
EARLY LIVES C17th
The Brief Relation. Vita E. The earliest biography, written in English c. 1650 by Mary Poyntz, with Winifred Wigmore, early companions of Mary Ward. See above for the new edition with other source texts, edited by Christina Kenworthy-Browne CJ.
The Italian Life. Vita I
The Painted Life. A series of 50 original 17th century paintings on the life of Mary Ward.
THE CONGREGATION OF JESUS IN YORK