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News from Presentation Sisters


  • Partnership to Fund New Face of Theology
    Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga have partnered with Broken Bay Institute – The Australian Institute of Theological Education to support a young female theologian.
  • Justice Jottings
    In Justice Jottings the editors, Sister Anne Shay of Presentation Sisters Lismore and Sister Peta-Anne Molloy of Presentation Congregation Queensland, reflect on the theme for NAIDOC week, ‘Because of her we can.’

Staten Island Presentation Sisters

We Came ... We Paused ... We Move On
Staten Island held its final Chapter recently. Sister Lorraine Hale tells of this celebration and the support the congregation is receiving from the New Windsor Presentation Sisters. 

Read Sister Lorraine's reflection.

New Windsor Presentation Sisters

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy Holds Graduation
On June 8, 2018, Nora Cronin Presentation Academy held its eight annual graduation ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi in Newburgh, New York, where faculty, alumni and sisters watched 15 young girls walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Many of these young women were given awards from the State of New York Office, Archdioceses of New York and Nora Cronin Presentation Academy for all their dedication, not only in the classroom, but in the community.


New Windsor Holds Ritual of Solidarity
As the New Windsor Presentation congregation gathered at our yearly assembly to consider our future, we were asked to reflect also on the plight of our immigrant sisters and brothers whose futures were being tragically affected by current government policy.

Read more about the ritual of solidarity held during the assembly and the public statement from the New Windsor Presentation Sisters HERE.

Sister Dorothy Scesny Speaks with Congressman
Sister Dorothy Scesny was privileged to speak with Congressman McGovern at a recent rally in Worcester. She was able to tell him about our congregational assembly last weekend and the ritual and statement we read in solidarity with all USA Presentation Sisters for our sisters and brothers at the border. She also mentioned that Sister Paula left some materials in his office in Leominster. Sister thanked him and said that we will pray for him. He was very gracious and thanked 'us’ for all we do. It was a very motivated gathering.

Union of Presentation Sisters: United States Province

Being Nano Today
Celebrating the tercentenary (300th) anniversary of Nano’s birth, the annual associate day was held on June 9 at the Presentation Center, Fargo, N.D., using the theme Being Nano Today. Seventy-three associates/sisters and guests participated throughout the day of prayer, reflection, contemplative sharing and fellowship. The group remembered the three associates and the two local sisters who had died in the last year.

Five associate candidates were received into association: Mark and Collen DuBord,
Dana Leopold, Noell Reinhiller and Deb White
Read more about this gathering
Sister Rita O'Connell Retires
After serving for 42 years in the health care ministry of St. Irenaeus parish, Cypress, Calif., Sister Rita completed her work there with a joyful parish celebration on June 10, 2018. In her letter to the parish she recounted her call to religious life at age 16 but told no one, not even her parents, until after attending a vocation exhibition. 

Long before Pope Francis issued the call for vowed religious to more and more go to the margins of society to serve the needs of our brothers and sisters who are hurting deeply in our wounded and broken world, Sister Rita answered the call with a generous and open heart. May she be deeply blest in this next chapter of her life.

Read more about Sister Rita
Young at Heart 
Pictured: Sister Catherine Burke (standing) with the Young at Heart group.

“There’s always someone more in need than we are." That’s the message embodied by the Young at Heart group at Presentation Learning Center in Watts, Calif. During this past school year, they crocheted more than 1,000 scarves, caps and lap robes for patients at two county hospitals, our local convalescent home and several shelters for battered women and children. Following Nano’s example of visiting the sick, poor and elderly, the group crochets all their items with great love and prayer. Each item is blessed by our pastor before they are sent to the different hospitals and shelters.  

Aberdeen Presentation Sisters

Aberdeen Holds 12th LIVE Camp 
We just completed our 12th year of the LIVE Camp, Latinas Inspiring Virtuous Excellence. Goals for this camp are to engage 7th, 8th and 9th grade Latinas to grow in their relationship with God, embrace their Latina heritage with pride, and be empowered in virtue as leaders in their families, church, communities and the world.

At camp days are spent being physically active, learning how to be proactive at school and meeting other young and energized Latinas from the community. In addition, the girls learn better ways to make healthy decisions, increase their self-esteem, grow in their faith and become aware of the potential within them.

Read Sister Lynn Marie Welbig's full camp article

Dubuque Presentation Sisters Mary Therese and Jessi drove from Chicago
to serve as sister counselors with Sisters Lynn Marie, Myra and Jan.

Families Belong Together
Presentation Sisters, Cojourners and Presentation People joined nearly 300 people in Sioux Falls and more than 75 people in Aberdeen for the Families Belong Together National Day of Action on June 30. According to, the main sponsor of the event, there were 628 sister rallies across all 50 states. The goal of the rally was to urge Congress to enact immigration policies that keep families together. Taneeza Islam, executive director for South Dakota Voices for Peace declared, “this [immigration policies that separate children from their parents] is about our humanity and our humane policies.  It is no longer about politics.”  Presentation Sisters and their partners made their voices heard by holding up new signs that boldly proclaimed, “Presentation Sisters Stand with Immigrants and Refugees,” and “Presentation Sisters Advocate for Comprehensive Immigration Policy.”

Read more about this day of action and the follow up

Dubuque Presentation Sisters

Associate Partnership Continues to Grow
So far this year, the Dubuque Presentation Sisters have welcomed nine new associates into the Presentation Associate Partnership. Over the course of several months, these associates gathered with sister and associate mentors to pray, study, share and reflect upon Presentation heritage, charism and mission. Through this orientation process, they immersed themselves in the spirit and life of Presentation foundress, Nano Nagle, and discerned how they might live out the Presentation mission in their lives.

During a commitment ceremony, they proclaimed their desire and commitment to the Presentation mission of being “called to evangelize, offering hope and love to a broken world by incarnating the hospitality of God, confronting injustice and working for peace.”

Read more about Sue, Sarah, Thalia, Jen, Judy, Carol, Rachel, LeVeta and Cady

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