Prayer for Mary Ward’s Beatification

God, creator of all that is good,

we thank you for giving Mary Ward to the Church and to the world.

Impelled by the fire of your love,

she did not shrink from risks,

labours or sufferings.

She lived and worked for your greater glory,

For the good of the church,

For the nurture of faith

and for the dignity of women.

She was a pilgrim

who spread the joy of the gospel.

A woman for our times.

Grant that through the solemn testimony of the Church

the example of her life may be a light for all who seek God’s will.