Mary Ward Week 2024

Mary Ward Week 2024

January 23, 2024 - February 17, 2024    
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the trailblazing Yorkshire woman Mary Ward (1585-1645) who is the foundress of the Congregation of Jesus who reside here at the Bar Convent. This is an annual global event that celebrates the life and achievements of Mary Ward between the anniversary of her birth and death (Jan 23 1585- Jan 30 1645).  Against the odds Mary Ward never gave up on her life’s mission to achieve education for girls and it is thanks to her that the first school for girls opened in this country that offered an education equal to boys. The legacy of Mary Ward has certainly lived on through these walls at the Bar Convent, her global following of religious sisters and around 200 schools worldwide in her name.

Highlights include:

In the Footsteps of Mary Ward
Family Trail
23 Jan- 17 Feb
Included in admission to the exhibition
Complete the trail to win a £30 voucher for the café.

Special Exhibition
23 Jan- 17 Feb
Included in admission to the exhibition
Discover more about Mary Ward and our campaign #MaryWardForSaint

Who is Mary Ward?
Talk with Dr. Hannah Thomas
Tuesday 23 Jan, 12:30-1pm £10pp, includes admission to the exhibition following the talk.
Book your tickets now

Annual Mary Ward Ecumenical Service
Sunday 28 Jan, 4pm
St Thomas’ Church, Osbaldwick, Mary Ward’s place of burial.
This year we are excited to announce that the homily will be given by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell.
Teas and coffees available following the service. If you would like to attend, please email: cjsecretary@bar-convent.org.uk
The service will also be live-streamed via St Thomas’ website.

Online campaign launching 23 Jan
Mary Ward’s followers and supporters are campaigning to have her declared a Saint by the Catholic Church. Please help us by joining in the online campaign using #MaryWardForSaint, sign our online petition, and spread the word in any way that you can!   Sign our petition here:  https://chng.it/yX6w5xsL6W

Mary Ward in 1617 wrote that “There is no such difference between men and women that women may not do great things – and I hope in God it will be seen that women in time to come will do much”

As Mary Ward Week also falls on Residents weekend, we are offering a special entry price of 50p to residents. This is for Saturday only. Last admission 4pm.

Illustration by Ellie Lewis