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Mission Statement

Fancy Letter - We, the Presentation Sisters, are active, apostolic, Catholic religious women participating in the mission of Jesus in the United States of America. Inspired by Nano Nagle, our Foundress, we participate in the gospel call of liberation and social transformation.

Through education and empowerment we endeavor to bring relief to the exploited. We collaborate with others in witnessing the gospel challenge to make visible the values of human dignity, freedom, and justice among all peoples, especially the poor and the powerless.

As vowed women with listening, contemplative hearts, guided by the Holy Spirit, we contribute to the renewal of the church and the vitality of her mission.

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From Ireland to America

Nano Nagle, Foundress of the Presentation Sisters, walked the streets of Cork, Ireland in 1775, educating and ministering to the poor. Nano, known as the "Lady of the Lantern", was a woman of the world in the best and truest sense. She was involved with people.

Nano once said, "If I could be of service in saving souls in any part of the world, I would willingly do all in my power to respond." From the very beginning, the Congregation spread in Ireland. As early as 1833, Presentation Sisters began establishing Congregations in North America, and later in several other parts of the world. With the passage of time, these groups continued to grow and to establish Presentation Congregations worldwide.

Besides the Presentation Congregations started in the United States in the 1800's, a number of convents in Ireland began other missions here in the United States. Beginning in the 1950's, and continuing into the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, most of these Sisters, who were still attached to the convents in Ireland, came over to fill positions that were vacant in Catholic schools due to a shortage of religious educators. Others provided much-needed services in parishes, hospitals, and dioceses, in programs that targeted the poor. These Sisters ministered with people in various places, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah. For most of them, it became a lifetime committment, which logically brought them to seek, and be granted, U.S. citizenship.

On the Feast of Pentecost in 1989, these Sisters formed the USA Province of the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, while all Presentation Sisters are identified by the initials PBVM, the present Congregations that form the USA Province are those who came to the U.S. in the mid-1900's. All Presentation Congregations are members of the International Presentation Association (IPA).

Today, there are 100 Sisters in the USA Province, who continue to minister in twenty-three cities located in seven of the states named above.

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Sister Vera Butler, PBVM
Presentation Sisters
1920 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
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