The Bishop prays once more for the beatification of the Venerable Sister Mary Potter


The Bishop of Nottingham, has renewed his call for Catholics to pray for the intercession of Mother Mary Potter, who founded the Little Company of Mary and whose tomb resides in St Barnabas Cathedral.

During a Mass dedicated to the Little Company of Mary, which was celebrated and live streamed on Monday at Bishop’s House, Nottingham, Bishop Patrick McKinney prayed for the beatification of Mary Potter who dedicated her life to serving the sick and who was declared Venerable by Saint John Paul II on February 8th, 1988.

During his homily, Bishop McKinney said: “When the Covid situation improves I would encourage people to pray at her tomb in the Cathedral and to seek her prayerful intercession. A miracle that could be attributed to Mother Mary’s intercession would certainly speed up the Church’s careful process of canonisation. She has certainly left her mark on the hearts of the people of Nottingham with a Health Centre named after her, as well as a tram.”

He continued: “How good it would be if we could also prefix the word ‘Saint’ to her name and her legacy here in Nottingham and in many parts of the world! I end by inviting you to join me in praying the prayer for her beatification.”

Bishop McKinney explained that Mary Potter’s ministry first began in 1877, from a derelict stocking factory in the then deprived area of Hyson Green, Nottingham. With the support of two other companions and the blessing of the local bishop, it was here that the Little Company of Mary was eventually established with a focus on feeding the poor, educating local children and visiting the sick and dying.

In 1822, despite the fact she was battling poor health, Sister Mary and two sisters travelled to Rome in order to seek the Pope’s blessing for her congregation.

Pope Leo XIII signed the Decree approving the Little Company of Mary and asked Mary to open a house in Rome and extend her ministry to its sick and dying inhabitants. It was from here that the order expanded further throughout the world across five separate continents. By 1913 the congregation had spread as far as New Zealand.

Mother Mary Potter died on April 9 1913, aged 66, after serving the congregation for 36 years and was buried in Rome. In 1997, her remains were taken to St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, where they remain today.

You can pray for the beatification of Mother Mary Potter by reciting the prayer below:

O God, to whose glory the Little Company of Mary was founded by Venerable Mary Potter, grant that she may be beatified soon, so that her work and spirit may benefit still more the suffering members of Jesus Christ. Amen. Mary, Mother of the Church, may this ardent apostle of your Maternal Heart be more widely known by special favours granted through her intercession. (Here make your petition) Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be....