Province Leadership Team (2015 to 2020)
On January 1st 2015, the North East Province (NEP) came into being resulting from the coming together of the Northern and South East Provinces. A new Leadership Team (Sisters Anne Codd, Bernadette Flanagan, Concepta O’Brien, Mary Rossiter, Maura Murphy and Margarita Ryan (Provincial Leader)) was mandated to lead the newly formed North East Province.
“From the outset we were acutely aware of the responsibility to draw our new Province together in communion and to engender a culture of hope in a time of uncertainty […] we took courage from our belief that, in the heart of each one of us a stronger more compelling energy draws us into the eternal, continuous mystery of God. And it was this belief that steadied and reassured us. […] We were launching something new, but, the challenge was still the same – to remain authentic and single minded in living lives grounded in the call of the Gospel and in promoting the Vision and Direction of our Congregation. It was from this perspective that we, as Team, took on our role of service …”. – (Margarita Ryan, Provincial Leader, Province Report: Our Journey Together in Hope, April 2020)
In June 2020 the first Leadership Team for the newly formed Province completed their 5 year term of office (2015-2020) as mandated.
Now a new Team continue in Nano’s footsteps.
Margarita has always had a passion for the promotion of Nano Nagle’s charism and values and she pursued this passion throughout her years as teacher and school Principal. As a founding member, and later Director of CEIST her motivation was to ensure that the Catholic ethos would be preserved and maintained in our secondary schools. Margarita’s interests include music and wild flora. She regards her position as Provincial Leader as an opportunity to provide a service based on compassion and love.
Mary is a native of Carlow and a past pupil of the Presentation schools in the town. Mary entered in 1975 having worked with Aer Lingus at Dublin Airport. On completion of studies Mary taught in second level schools within the then Northern province and in Zambia. Prior to the establishment of CEIST Mary ministered in the area of faith development in all second level schools of the province. Before her appointment to the leadership team Mary was with the interprovincial community in Mountmellick and provincial bursar. Mary enjoys reading and craft work especially crochet. Her favourite form of exercise is walking. She is based in the Athlone community
Before joining the leadership team of the North East Province Concepta O’Brien was the Clondalkin community and vocation’s directress for the former South East Province. Previous to that time Concepta spent many happy years teaching science at primary, second and third level. Her area was biology and religion. Concepta also served on two previous leadership teams for the South East Province. Her hobbies include, sport, reading, music, cooking to name but a few.
Before joining the Leadership Team in the North East Province Maura Murphy was Local Leader in Presentation Convent Parnell Street Kilkenny. Previous to that Maura spent many interesting and fruitful years in Primary Education both as teacher and Principal. One of the greatest joys of her teaching career was, on occasion, seeing the light of understanding dawn on the eager faces of her pupils.
Before joining the Leadership Team for the Northeast Presentation Province, Bernadette Flanagan was Associate Professor of Spirituality at All Hallows College (Dublin City University). There she enjoyed forwarding Nano Nagle’s vision for a holistic education through introducing the study of spirituality for a range of professions – nursing, teaching, psychotherapy, social care. Bernadette has explored the meaning of Nano Nagle’s insights for today in her book, Embracing Solitude: Women and New Monasticism.
Anne grew up near Wexford town, in the ‘sunny south east’. After secondary school in St Mary’s Mountmellick, in 1966, she joined the Presentation Sisters at Mount St Anne’s. Down the years, Anne has been involved in a variety of educational, pastoral and community ministries, mostly in Ireland. It has been her privilege to facilitate Assemblies of the Sisters in Zambia, Pakistan, US and UK. Anne especially enjoys reading, swimming, indoor and outdoor activity, music and conversation – and life!