We, Presentation Sisters across the USA, want to associate ourselves with the Statements by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the US Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Maryknoll Office of Global Concern about the separation of immigrant children from their parents. Since 1854 we have worked with immigrants in many ways and continue to do so today.
We call for a comprehensive immigration reform that will respect the dignity of all peoples. None of the current immigration bills are acceptable. As a country of immigrants we are keenly aware that people have rights to asylum, freedom from fear, and the path to citizenship. These rights cannot be held hostage to funding any wall.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Sisters Sharon Altendorf shares the following information regarding ways to help with the current immigration challenges on the Mexico/United States border.
She suggests that RAICES has already received about 8 million dollars, so other options might be better.
Sister Sharon works with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition and they could use money for their backpack ministry and coalition work.
Sharon also says volunteers could participate with IWC at the airport or bus station on a daily basis. If persons are lawyers there is much need at Probar - this has people going to the detention centers to help with know your rights and legal assistance help. Even if not a lawyer there are ways to help with the mountain of administrative/secretarial work. Also there are various shelters at the borders where sisters or other friends could volunteer. Any of these could be for a week, two weeks, a month ... right now the need is great!
News from Presentation Sisters
NEWS from SOCIETY
Society Justice Contacts Meet
The bi-annual meeting of the justice contacts of Presentation Society of Australia and PNG on 22-24 May 2018 was the first opportunity for justice contacts in the Pacific region to meet, following the September 2017 IPA Assembly in North Sydney.
Faith in Action Resource
Ms Gemma Thomson, head of religious education and leader of liturgies at Iona Presentation College, Perth Western Australia, has written a valuable resource on “Presentation faith in action” with numerous workshop activities which she is pleased to share.
New Windsor Presentation Sisters
New Windsor Sisters and Associates Hold Retreat Day
On Saturday, April 30, 2018, 21 associates along with Sisters from New England, Newburgh/New Windsor, the Bronx, New Jersey and Pennsylvania gathered for an inspirational retreat day at Mount St. Joseph Convent.
Sister Mary Sullivan, the author of this article, was called home to God on December 29, 2017. We are sharing her article in loving memory of the dedicated life she lived as a Presentation Sister for 64 years. We know that she is now resting in the loving arms of our God.
I see the charism of Nano Nagle brought to life daily at Presentation Learning Center by the students, the volunteers and the directors. About 150 men and women, ranging in ages from early 20s to mid-80s, come to the Center for classes, free of charge, in English, math, GED preparation, computer skills, citizenship preparation and crafts. The students find a welcoming and safe environment, enthusiastic and caring teachers, and motherly babysitters for their pre-school children.
Union of Presentation Sisters: United States Province
Sister Mary Kelly Receives Our Lady of Guadalupe Award
On May 18 at Holy Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino, Calif., Bishop Gerald R. Barnes presented the Our Lady of Guadalupe Award to Sister Mary Kelly from Upland.
According to diocesan guidelines, this award is presented to individuals from the parish or members of the civic community who have demonstrated exemplary generosity, leadership and/ or service beyond the scope of the parish for the common good of the diocesan or local civic communities (Diocesan Award Ceremony).
Nano Nagle Award at St. Norbert Catholic School
In 2009 a generous alumni family established the Nano Nagle Award at St. Norbert Catholic School, Orange, California, USA, in gratitude for the quality education their children received at the school. At the baccalaureate awards presentation on May 24, Principal Joseph Ciccoianni reported that 185 essays were submitted nominating 18 teachers, and the recipient was Mrs. Deanna O’Keefe, the eighth grade teacher who is in her 20th year at St. Norbert.
St. Norbert Goes Solar by Catherine Risling
County Catholic, Diocese of Orange, California, USA
St. Norbert Catholic School will be the first elementary school in the diocese equipped with solar panels when the classroom lights switch on this fall.
The Orange school has contracted with EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems in Irvine to engineer and install 315 panels on top of the gymnasium and two main buildings that house the office, library and classrooms.
Solar will initially save about $25,000 a year, says principal Joe Ciccoianni, and provide 60percent of the school’s electricity.
Dubuque Sisters Celebrate Transfer of Congregational Leadership
On June 2, Dubuque Presentation Sisters, associates, employees, family and friends gathered to celebrate the transfer of congregational leadership.
New leaders, from left, Sisters Marilyn Been, Joy Peterson, Rita Menart
and Carmen Hernandez.
Led by a lantern carried by Sister Julianne Brockamp, the outgoing and incoming leadership teams processed into the Sacred Heart Chapel as all sang “Nano Aflame.” Welcoming those gathered for the celebration, Sister Joan Brincks declared, “We gather today as sisters, associates, employees, family and friends – grateful for the willingness of Sisters Carmen Hernandez, Rita Menart, Joy Peterson and Marilyn Breen to accept the ministry of leadership in this congregation. May God strengthen us in community and deepen our commitment to the mission of Jesus and to the vision of our foundress, Nano Nagle.”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians? Dubuque Presentation Sister Mary Therese Krueger was asked this same question during one of her courses at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, where she is working on her master’s degree in pastoral studies. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to engage in the Scriptures in a way she had never thought possible. With the blessing of the Presentation community, she was able to make this opportunity a reality through the travel seminar, “Encountering the Bible Lands.”
Aberdeen Advertorial Features Foresight We continue our 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 June/July issue focuses upon Nano’s trait of Foresight.
Looking back on Nano Nagle’s life, it is apparent that she had foresight; she cared for uneducated children and the sick, hoping to make the future better for others. She dreamed of the sisters going forth into the world to help others. While she was unable to do this in her lifetime, the foundation she established in Ireland allowed the Presentation Sisters to plant themselves across the world to keep her dream alive.
Aberdeen Celebrates Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus
On June 8, we celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As Presentation Sisters, we strive to embody Jesus’ example to live life with merciful love and action. We are reminded to be compassionate toward our fellow human beings; to consider the suffering of our neighbors both locally and globally.
One sister who exemplifies the selfless love of Jesus is Sister Virginia McCall. Since 2008, Sister Virginia has been working and ministering with the people in Kaoma, Zambia, Africa. Men, women and children in this African nation struggle daily for the necessities that many of us take for granted.