Ward, Mary

   Order Founder.
   Ward was born in Yorkshire. A Roman Catholic, she joined the Order of Poor Clares at St Omer in 1606. Three years later she started her own order, the Institute of English Ladies (the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary), which was not enclosed and which was to be dedicated to education. Although she opened several houses, the order was suppressed by Pope Pius V who insisted that all female orders should be enclosed. For a time she was imprisoned in a Poor Clares’ convent in Munich. Eventually Pope Urban VIII allowed the founding of a house on slightly different lines, but the new order was not fully approved until 1703.
   M. Oliver, Mary Ward (1960);
   M. Philip, Companions of Mary Ward (1939).

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