This is one of my favorite poems; the simple yet powerful words written by Sister Raphael often spring to my mind when I am faced with a daunting task or feeling despair. As we celebrate the anniversary of Nano's death on April 26, I hope that we can all remember that Nano "believed in a living future." Presentation people around the world are living that future today and will continue to carry her mission and presence to future generations.
News from Presentation Sisters
NEWS from UNION
Please keep the Union of Presentation Sisters in your prayers as they come together for their Congregational Gathering in Cork and Dublin. The gathering began on April 19 and ends on May 14.
Peta Anne Molloy (Queensland) and Anne Shay (Lismore) bring us a season of issues that reflect the Cry of the Poor, the Cry of the Earth and the Voices of Indigenous people in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Aberdeen Presentation Sisters
Aberdeen Elects New Leaders
With joy in the Spirit the Aberdeen Presentation Sisters announce their president and councilors for 2018-2022: Sister Janice Klein, president; Sister Mary Thomas; Sister Lucille Welbig; Sister Vicky Larson. Please hold these sisters and the congregation in your prayers.
Also, as we were in the midst of Chapter, many employees wore their Nano Nagle t-shirts. With solidarity, they paraded into our meeting room with joy and support for our sisters. We sang the blessing song for each other, knowing our love for Nano and our Presentation mission will be carried forward.
Nano's Servant Heart Featured in Advertorial
The Aberdeen Presentation Sisters continue their partnership with Sioux Falls Woman Magazine, promoting the mission of the Presentation Sisters. In honor and recognition of the 300th anniversary of Nano Nagle’s birth, each article focuses on a different characteristic of Nano. The April / May issue focuses upon Nano’s trait of Courage through a Servant Heart.
Read the full article, including quotes from Sisters Elizabeth Remily (Aberdeen) and Joanna Bruno (San Francisco), HERE!
Union of Presentation Sisters: Newfoundland & Labrador Province
Congregational Gathering in Irleland
As Betty Rae Lee, Sharon Fagan, Lois Greene and Helen Martinez traveled to Ireland to join with delegates from all over the world for Congregational Gathering 2018 to clarify the vision and discern anew the direction for the congregation’s life and mission” C55, we ask for your continued prayer. The Congregational Gathering is in Cork from 19 -26 April, moves to Dublin on 29 April, and ends on 14 May.
We take the opportunity to thank Sisters Bernadette Doherty, Clo Martin, Dorothy Corrigan (chair) and Mary Dower for their generous commitment to the Unit Process Group which led us in responding to the process of contemplative dialogue as we prepared as a Unit for this event. A job well done!
As part of the preparation toward the Congregational Gathering 2018, Sister Miriam Martin (Newfoundland and Labrador Unit) has composed an inspiring song entitled, “Nano Aflame!“
Miriam reflects, “With much pondering, what emerged is a song that traces Nano’s story and our stories and the call to follow where the dream of God yet leads. In verse one we touch Nano’s beginnings and the greening wonder of God beckoning her in Ballygriffin. Verse two speaks of hearing the call to loving service. Verse three brings us to today and leads us to the gathering and beyond: ‘Nano aflame! Stoking our passion … becoming the fire … radiating love.’ We journey with God’s Dream glimpsed in the heart and spirit of Nano. Together, let us take our place in the dream.”
Indoor Picnic for the Homeless
On Saturday, March 10, 2018, in honor of Catholic Sisters’ Week, a garden party for men and women who are homeless on the streets of San Francisco was held at Most Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. This event is the third annual event which was begun in 2016, the Year of Consecrated Life. The indoor picnic is a reflection of the charisms of the congregations represented.
More than 125 men and women joined the council of religious for a barbecue of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, beverages and dessert. In addition, they received gifts of socks, toiletries, gift cards, scarves and hats.
Sisters Enjoy Renovated Ecological Garden
We are grateful to the University of San Francisco for the beautiful gift of the renovated ecological garden and to Greg Smith, motherhouse administrator, for his orchestration of this project. The renovated ecological garden features California native plants which are already attracting more birds. There will be an herb garden with mint, sage, oregano, thyme and an area for potting plants and a lemon tree. Best of all the area is wheelchair and walker accessible with plenty of space for sitting and contemplating.
Read more and see photos from the ribbon cutting HERE.
New Windsor Presentation Sisters
New Windsor Implements Social Media Plan
Justin Perez, assistant director of mission advancement, and Sister Mary Naccarato, New Windsor, developed a social media plan to reach those who utilize various media platforms. Since social media is utilized by 81% of the United States, they started this plan in January with the objective to bring the presence of the New Windsor Presentation Sisters to the world through media. This media plan is broken down daily and features the sisters, associates, volunteers and alumni. The days include motivational Monday, transformation Tuesday, where are they now Wednesday, throwback Thursday and fun fact Friday.
In order to stay consistent with the social media, Justin and Sister Mary email a form to our sisters, associates, volunteers and alumni asking if they would like to be featured on the social media platforms. If interested, they respond with their favorite memories associated with the Presentation Sisters. Content is developed based on the information provided.
Our affiliates can search Presentation Sisters Northeast on Facebook and Instagram to find content about the sisters, associates, volunteers, alumni and other events. We hope to have more sisters interact with our social media platforms and feature them on one of our posts.
Union of Presentation Sisters: United States Province
US Province Takes Part in Vocation Evening at St. Joseph Parish, Upland, Calif.
On Tuesday, March 12, Sisters Sheila Reen and Mary Kelly joined the parish youth group and Confirmation class, along with Father Tim, Father Carlos and Father Erik Esparza, from the Diocese of San Bernardino, for a vocation sharing session. Over 60 young people gathered for this annual session in the Presentation Hall. Each of us was invited to share our story, background, education and what inspired us to answer God’s call to religious life.
A question and answer session followed the presentation and the young people seemed eager to learn about religious life.The session closed with the sharing of Nano Nagle prayer cards and the special cards promoting the 300th anniversary of her birth.
Read more HERE. Church Welcomes Sisters for National Catholic Sisters Week
On Wednesday, March 13, students from grades K-8 gathered at St. Joseph Church to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week. A special prayer service, led by eighth grade students, honored and celebrated the lives, dedication and commitment of the Presentation Sisters who taught and modeled God’s gift of life at the school and parish for over 60 years.
During this service, the students remembered, named and lit candles honoring each victim of the recent school shooting in Florida. Following the example of the Presentation Sisters, who spent their lives serving and working for a more just world, the students prayed for a safer, more tolerant and peaceful world. They were challenged to look at Nano Nagle’s life and the lives of the sisters and plan to make a positive difference in a world that desperately needs good young people. Sisters Take Part in Senior Breakfast
March 14 was very special for the St. Joseph parish seniors and eighth grade students. That morning the eighth grade class joined the seniors for morning rosary and breakfast at a local restaurant. They were escorted by their teacher and school principal, Mrs Alamo-Ng and by Sisters Fidelma, Angela, Sheila and Mary. Mr. Bettencourt, eighth grade teacher, paired each student with a senior who was their breakfast companion for the morning.
Read more HERE. A Country Hoedown
Presentation Learning Center, Watts, Calif., held its annual friend-raiser and fashion show on March 24. The theme was “A Country Hoedown.” The ambience and clothing modeled by our sewing students reflected that theme. Everyone enjoyed the line dancing, music and southern food, as well as applauding the heroic efforts by our students who modeled their creations with pride.
This year’s event was dedicated to Presentation Sister Mary Sullivan who went to heaven suddenly and unexpectedly on December 29. Her 15-year presence at the Learning Center and in our local community is greatly missed. We know that she is with us in spirit and guiding us from heaven.
Beyond Boundaries Showcases Renovation
April 10, 2018, Beyond Boundaries, Fargo, N.D., hosted an open house to showcase recent renovations and new construction. Beyond Boundaries is an organization that offers a full range of comprehensive restorative and developmental therapies. The $2 million project not only greatly increased the space available for therapy delivery (now 13,222 sq. ft.), but also provided spaces tailored for special needs. The building is owned by the Presentation Sisters and leased to Beyond Boundaries.
Read more about the project HERE. Ministry Receives Rising Star Award
On April 13, 2018, Presentation Partners in Housing, Fargo, N.D, a ministry of the U.S. Province, received the Rising Star Award for outstanding performance by increasing donations this year by 30 percent during the Giving Hearts Day campaign. Accompanying the recognition certificate from Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Institute and Alex Stern Foundation was a check for $6000.