Against the odds, Elizabeth (Prout), now known as Mother Mary Joseph of Jesus, and her sisters managed to get by, founding a community that offered many things to the local women; education in day, night and Sunday schools, shelter in the form of hostels, and spiritual and practical help.
This is one of the best articles that I’ve come across about the life of Elizabeth Prout and the early years of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. I like it because it does a good job of placing her within the harsh historial reality of the English Industrial Revolution and it shows that she understood that the best way to make a difference was by helping women and girls.
Over 100 years ago Elizabeth Prout knew something that most people still don’t know today. The most powerful force of change on the planet are girls. Yet 99.4% of international aid money does not reach girls.
Can it be that continuing the legacy of Elizabeth Prout means not only providing direct service to girls and women, but also advocating for them?