“We, the Sisters of the Presentation of Newfoundland and Labrador, are called to be
living in community,
united in charity,
joyfully and generously
serving God and God's people,
with special attentiveness
to those made poor
and the poor earth. ”
Direction Statement (2007)
"Sharing a journey of
we recognize and are grateful for our
deepening consciousness of the Universe Story,
and we commit to furthering our engagement with its unfolding dream and to living in
harmony with its principles and values."
Other World-Wide Presentation Connections:
International Presentation Association (IPA) (website)
A spark of universal energy ignited the compassionate heart of an Irish woman, Nano Nagle of Cork, Ireland in 1775 and moved her to begin the Presentation Congregation in response to the cries of the oppressed people of her country. That same spark, by God’s grace, now flickers and flares in the hearts of thousands of Presentation women religious and associates in 27 countries. In 1988 Presentation Sisters from around the world came together as an International Presentation Association to better focus our global presence and action in response to the cries of earth and of those who have been made poor.
Conference of Presentation Sisters of North America (website)
“There is no greater joy than to be in union”. These words of Nano Nagle speak to our attempt as Presentation Communities throughout North America to collaborate in our efforts to live her Charism. In August 1953 these communities met to form the Conference of Presentation Sisters. Since that time the leadership teams continue to gather yearly to communicate and collaborate on issues of spirituality, ministry and justice. We are pleased to be active participants of this conference.
The Irish Union (text to come) (website)
The Australian Society (website)
The Society of Australian Presentation Sisters includes six autonomous Congregations and a joint Mission in Papua New Guinea. The invitation to the Presentation Sisters in Ireland to come to Australia came when Catholic schools were just being established, and all the ministry centred on schools, primary and secondary, including boarding schools. The first group of Irish Sisters, from Fermoy, made a foundation in Hobart, Tasmania in 1866. The next foundation came from Limerick to Windsor in Victoria in 1873. The third foundation in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, in 1874 led to other foundations from that house – to Gardenvale in Victoria in 1883, to Hay NSW in 1883, and to Longreach, Queensland in 1900. Another foundation to Perth, Western Australia came from Sneem in 1891, and another foundation in WA came from Hay to Southern Cross in 1900. The remaining foundation came from Lucan to Lismore on the northern NSW coast in 1886. Initially every house was independent, as was the custom in Ireland. However, in time houses in the six Congregations amalgamated for more centralized and effective formation of novices, teacher training and deployment of personnel according to need. In 1946 the six Congregations decided to form a Society which allowed for collaboration on common Constitutions, some sharing between Leaders in regular meetings, and some common actions, the most far-reaching of which was a Mission in Ningil, Papua New Guinea in 1968. Since 1990 PNG National women have been accepted for formation as Presentation Sisters. Currently there are around 350 Sisters in Australia and 25 in PNG. In response to Vatican II and the greater freedom possible because of government funding of Catholic schools, the Sisters have broadened their ministry in recent years to include pastoral work, welfare, psychology, tertiary teaching, and action for justice, etc, in effect returning to the inclusive response to needs so characteristic of our Foundress Nano Nagle.