Death of Maisie Ward
emigrant chaplain and CHAS was formed. Mrs Walsh said: "She was a highly intelligent woman, a tremendous organiser who got things done, but had little small talk and was difficult to get to know. She was an extremely generous person helping the homeless and others in need."
She was chairman of the Catholic Evidence 'Guild and became a theology student. Her parents were close friends of the poet Browning, about whom she wrote a book and she was related to the Norfolk family. Gerard Noel writes: Maisie Sheed was more widely known as Maisie Ward, under which name she wrote many notable books during a long life of dedicated and romantic service to the Faith. Ward was her maiden name, indicating her attachment to that illustrious family which produced such intellectual giants during and after the second spring of English Catholicism. Maisie Ward's We was romantic both professionally and privately, her partnership with the famous Frank Sheed combining lyrically happy marriage with brilliant success for the publishing firm of Sheed and Ward, apart from constant other literary and lecturing activity and wide travels. She was herself a brilliant advocate, and often Maintained that effective membership of the Catholic• Evidence Guild which she and Frank masterminded with such zeal and skill, should produce in anyone powers of advocacy to rival any barrister.
Her literary output was prodigious, and perhaps her best written memorial is her life and study of G. K. Chesterton, published just after the war. Her own mind was in the Chestertonian mould, but as modern as anyone's despite the love of and intimacy with the Church's rich tradition which characterised her whole life.
Her books also included "The Wilfrid Wards and the Transition", "Insurrection versus Resurrection", "The splendour of the Rosary", "France Pagan" and "Young Mr Newman".
Maisie Ward was kind and' gentle in all her personal relationships but stern and powerful in her adherence to the poetry of truth which, for her, lay near the heart of abiding faith.
Attempt to save magazine Impact
Although it was earlier feared that Impact, the Catholic action hi-monthly magazine associated with the Salford and Shrewsbury dioceses would have to close down, there are now hopes that it may survive. Members of the Manchester Link Society, whic is responsible for publication, have entered into negotiations which they hope will see the magazine appearing in a different format by Easter.