Margaret Aylward received from the Holy Spirit a profound appreciation of the gift of faith. Her conviction of its value filled her with an overwhelming desire to preserve that gift in herself and others.
"And, indeed, it is a glorious thing to devote our time, talents and energies to the preservation of the faith.” Orphanage Report 11:1867.
For Margaret and the first sisters, the appreciation of the gift of faith found expression in an active and profound compassion for the poor and destitute, especially for children in danger of losing their faith. In the spirit of Margaret Aylward we are inspired to live Gospel values in our time to help create a just world in which people are attuned to God's presence and to the sacred interconnectedness of all creation.
Margaret sought to preserve the gift of faith particularly in the destitute child and to educate the poor to have fulfilment in life. She had a profound reverence for the value of family life, pioneering fosterage for Catholic orphans in a loving family home atmosphere. As Holy Faith Sisters we continue to live out this vision.
Margaret Aylward's lamp
This is the lamp used by Margaret Aylward during her stay in Grangegorman.'s woman's prison, it has
become for us a symbol of the
"Flame of Faith"
It is kept in the Archives in Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin
Read more about the life of Margaret Aylward
Sr Cait Mulligan, CHF. Margaret Aylward and The Priceless Treasure (Dublin 2010)
Sr Jacinta Prunty, CHF. Margaret Aylward 1810-1889, Lady of Charity, Sister of Faith (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1999),