“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola


The anniversary Mass intention for Maria Martinho was offered by Father Sloan at the Sung Mass on Sunday 22nd August. Maria, an old friend of the Order and of Saint John's Wood community and veteran of many Order pilgrimages to Lourdes and other holy places, died after a long and valiant battle against cancer on 20th August 2008.

In 2007 whilst in Walsingham with the Order she already knew that her condition was terminal and lamented the fact that she would never be able to fulfil a lifelong ambition to meet His Holiness the Pope. Our then Hospitaller, Peter Loyd decided that we should make this happen.

Within days tickets to the General Audience had been arranged, flights and hotels booked and plans set in train to ensure that she would meet Pope Benedict. As the accompanying photographs show, she did to, her great delight!

Maria lived for more than a year after this happy meeting, far longer than her doctors had predicted and was even able to take part in the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in May 2008.

Many people yesterday remembered Maria, and having prayed for her soul, some 25 toasted her memory after Mass in Fortescue House.

Requiescat in Pace.