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The sacredness of being seen

On today, the Feast day of St. Vincent De Paul (renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity), we pray for all of those who dedicate their lives to working and living alongside those made poor.   See http://www.svp.ie/feastday For a someone to feel that they ‘have been seen’ and are ‘made visible’ through the love and care they receive, makes love ...

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A Prayer for our Earth

The beautiful icon of Nano Nagle created by the artist Desmond Kyne is alive with colour and symbolism that enables us to get to know ‘…who Nano was and who she is today’.  It depicts a young and vibrant ‘Nano’ which seems to be so apt, especially in this tercentenary year of her birth (1718) when her living legacy continues ...

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Light in today’s wilderness..

Nano Nagle carried the light of her lantern, and the light of the Gospel into the darkness, desolation and discrimination endured by the people of God in Ireland under the Penal Laws. ‘Because the world still needs the Gospel and Nano’s lantern light, it is timely to remember Pope Francis’ challenge to go beyond the comfortable spaces, places and territories ...

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Season of Creation

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world will unite to pray and care for creation. It is the “Season of Creation,” and it is happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “walking together”.  There are endless ways as a community to show you are on a journey towards better ...

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Nano’s Letters – A Digital Collection

In this digital age handwritten letters are a precious and rare thing, and even more precious, because of this rarity.  Letters continue to communicate the considerations, thought and care of the author even years after, to a different readership from that originally intended. There is something incredibly moving that happens each time one  sees the penned signature from the hand ...

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Social Activism and Soul Care

I was reading the article below last evening, and it struck me that in the today’s continually demanding climate for justice and advocacy work, that this reminder about ‘Soul Care’  and the sustenance of community life is something worth sharing. Nano Nagle, founding the Presentation Congregation in 1775 in Cork, did not begin by theorising about spirituality.  She began by ...

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Share the journey

Hope is the force that drives the hearts of those who depart… and it is also the impulse in the heart of those who welcome: the desire to encounter, to get to know each other, to dialogue…. Hope is the force that drives us “to share the journey.” – Pope Francis It is an unprecedented moment.  A global issue confronting ...

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Hospitality of Heart

The Feast of the Sacred Heart (today) 8th June 2018, is a Feast of particular significance to Presentation Sisters and Presentation People everywhere.  The text which follows is an extract from a talk given by Sr. Raphael Consedine, PBVM   speaking at the Nano Nagle Bicentenary Seminar on 28th April 1984, in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin.  She articulates a profound ...

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Launch into the deep

Presentation Sisters first arrived at St John’s in Newfoundland from Galway, Ireland in 1833 to set up a school there.  Another journey led the Congregation of Presentation Sisters  in Newfoundland and Labrador to come together with the Union of Presentation Sisters. The Decree of Fusion of the Congregations was granted by the Vatican in November 2014 and celebrated officially in 2015. Together with ...

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Mary, Mother of the Church

Today, Monday 21st of May marks the celebration of the new feast day proclaimed by Pope Francis, the Feast  of “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church”.  This  feast will forever follow Pentecost Sunday.  In creating this feast Pope Francis wants the church to reach for a “Marian character,” or to become increasingly Mother-like. That idea of Mary interceding ...

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