On January 23rd, 2013, The Mary Ward Centre officially opened its doors to celebrate the Loretto Sister's newest ministry and the ongoing contribution of Mary Ward, founder of the Loretto Sisters, to the works of education, justice, and spirituality in response to contemporary needs. We are inspired by Mary Ward's values of freedom, justice, sincerity, and joy, and committed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Learn more about Mary Ward here.
Since 2013, our partnerships and collaborations with various groups and individuals have continued to grow and expand. We are humbled by the number of people that have shared in our events and experiences, and our mission to implement the vision of The Mary Ward Centre.
Audrey Ferrer is the Director of the Mary Ward Centre. She was previously a Religion and Family Life Resource teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and the coordinator of the Interfaith Youth Alliance Movement. She has a particular interest in engaging youth in interfaith dialogue and collaboration with community partners to advocate for equity and social justice issues. She has won several exemplary awards, scholarships and grants and has received support from organizations such as KAICIID, Development & Peace (Caritas International), and Canada World Youth.
Sr. Sarah Rudolph, ibvm is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Loretto Sisters. With a background in international relations and policy analysis, she is the Social Justice Animator for the Mary Ward Centre, leading on faith-based advocacy for children and youth. She has a deep love for Ignatian spirituality which she shares as a giver of the First Spiritual Exercises, through a monthly women's prayer group, and outreach to women in recovery through the STIR Retreats program.
Kathy Murtha has been a Retreat/Workshop facilitator for the past 30 years. She loves designing and facilitating retreats for young people and adults. Kathy gained a global consciousness and sense of the importance of social justice issues through her two year VICS volunteer experience among the Huli tribal peoples in the highlands Papua New Guinea and three years grassroots work with the marginalized and street people in Parkdale.
Eva Rodriguez-Diaz has 20 years of experience working in Colombia protecting the rights of peasant populations and indigenous affected by the armed conflict and internal displacement, and protection of women's human rights and the promotion of their economic rights as employees, owners and producers of the land. She collaborates with international organizations designing human trafficking prevention programs for Latino-American countries.