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Nano’s legacy keeps giving …

It seems no time at all since we had the huge extended joy of launching our most recent book : ‘Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy’.  In fact it was in 2018, during the Tercentenary of Nano Nagle’s Birth (1718), when this book generated such interest in Nano, Presentation Life  and Education, supported by multiple interviews and presentations by ...

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Social revolution at Christmas

christmas revolution

In December 2019 Victoria Pearson initially penned this inspiring piece on ‘How four Cork women sparked a social revolution on Christmas Eve 1775’.  The four women in the article are: Nano Nagle, Mary Fouhy, Elizabeth Burke and Mary Ann Collins.  In Victoria’s words they: “ … were driven by a progressive and ambitious missionary devotion to educate Cork city’s Catholic poor. ...

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A woman’s heart

A woman's heart

Meet a woman  “Meet a woman whose love was stronger than the viciousness, greed and violence that swamped her city and nation.  She was a woman of unbounded compassion, deep contemplation, indomitable courage, radical creativity, native shrewdness, and indefatigable zeal for her faith”. ~ Adapted from Salvador Fink, OFM Nano Nagle Cork’s Lady of the Lantern “Benefitting from an education in ...

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As the season starts to change …

as the season starts to change

Often times, as the season starts to change, we sense the subtle shifting of the light to herald autumnal days and all the leave-taking that this can ask of nature and of us.  This changing rhythm can also herald a space for change in us. Perhaps a change in our way of seeing, being, discovering or responding to the needs ...

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Praying to act

Praying to act

 …. we pray for all those in our world who are suffering from injustice: For those who are discriminated against because of their race, colour or religion; For those imprisoned for working for the relief of oppression; For those who are hounded for speaking the inconvenient truth; For those tempted to violence as a cry against overwhelming hardship; For those ...

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Always ‘Good News’

Christmas is the ‘Good News’ that never becomes old.  It seems quite timely then to revisit the re-telling of this news in a rather special poem written quite some years ago (Christmas 1978) by Sr. Raphael Consedine, pbvm.  The words continue to echo in our lives as deep down in their simplicity as they express Presentation Life and the core ...

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Not just a day

Presentation Day is happily approaching (the 21st November each year).  An important date for Presentation people everywhere. Not just a day to celebrate, but so much more. In the course of Presentation Life jubilee celebrations are truly a moment to share great happiness (jubilate deo) and to celebrate a very particular journey both individually and as community.  These are both ...

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A woman of our times

A total of 102,500 people attended the first day of the 2019 National Ploughing Championships, a figure confirmed  by the National Ploughing Association (NPA). This figure  is substantially up on the 97,500 attendees that attended day one of last year’s ‘Ploughing’. Today, those who attend experience everything from farming to fashion, artisan foods to top-of-the range machinery, as well as ...

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The Evolution of a Charism

The tercentenary of Nano Nagle’s birth in 2018 will be an occasion for widespread celebration in all the places where Nano is known and loved, and where her life still speaks through the ministry of Presentation Sisters working and living at home and overseas. It will also be an opportunity for a great many people to ‘get to know’ who ...

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All of Life is there

I found this twelfth century icon depicting the resurrection and it struck me looking at it, that all of life is represented there. But then the Easter story is our whole life journey too. Very often, with totally unplanned and unforeseen journeys taken in the moment, one has to make decisions on directions, on staying with one path for now, or ...

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