Venerable Mary Ward, Foundress. Source
Founder: Mary Ward Date: 1609
Apostolate: Predominantly education
History: Also known as the Sisters of Loreto. Mary Ward was inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola and his spiritual exercises. Her congregation was suppressed in 1630 for nine years, after which it revived and received papal approval for their rule in 1703 and received canonical recognition as a religious institute in 1877.
Venerable Mary Ward
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