Nano founded her congregation in Cork in 1775 with three other sisters. From such small beginnings, the Presentation Sisters spread to many towns in Ireland and around the world. From the earliest times, most new convents developed independently but the particular charism of the foundress has always been a source of life and unity. Following the Second Vatican Council, many of these autonomous groups of Presentation Sisters came together, in 1976, as the Union of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
There are other groups of Presentation Sisters which were founded which are not part of that Union but with whose members we collaborate closely through the International Presentation Association (IPA).
From Acorn to Oak
The growth of the Congregation has often been described as similar to the growth of an acorn until it finally develops as an oak tree. As with any living organism, there is a cycle of birth, growth, decline and death, followed by rebirth.