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Nano Nagle

Fancy Letter - Nano Nagle, Foundress of the Presentation Sisters, and pioneer of Catholic education in Ireland, was born at Ballygriffin, County Cork in the year 1718. Because of the Penal Laws against Catholics, she was educated first at the local hedge school, and later in France. Upon completing her education, Nano resided in Paris and enjoyed a leisurely social life with her sister, Ann, among that privileged set of Irish emigres associated with the Stuart cause.

Upon her return to Ireland, Nano was appalled by the oppression and enforced ignorance of poor Catholics there. In spite of her desire to be of help, the task seemed impossible. She decided to enter the religious life in France to pray for her people. But God had other plans for her. Like St. Patrick of old, she felt the call of the children of Ireland to return to her native land.

Nano came back to Cork and started what was to be her life's work. In 1752, she risked imprisonment and even death by opening her first school in a mud cabin in Cove Lane in Cork City. Within twenty years she had seven such schools in Cork City. In 1771, she introduced the Ursuline Sisters into Cork, thinking that this would ensure the continuation of her apostolate. But the rule of enclosure observed by the Ursuline Order made this impossible. Nano had to think again.


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On Christmas Eve in 1775, Nano founded what was to become the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation by inviting Miss Mary Fouhy, Miss Elizabeth Bourke, and Miss Mary Ann Collins to join her in her apostolate to the poor. Her decision was timely, for Nano Nagle, worn out by her labors for the Irish people, died on April 26, 1784, with her beloved friends in the lanes and streets of Cork City mourning her passing. The following tribute appeared in the Hibernian Chronicle on Monday, April 26, 1784:


Nano Nagle Obituary Notice


Yet her memory and her work continue to live on. Nano Nagle's birthplace at Ballygriffin, County Cork, has been developed by the Presentation Sisters into a Center in her memory. People from many places visit the Center, where an annual Mass is celebrated in her honor. Prayers are regularly offered there for the beatification of a valiant woman who roamed the nearby fields as a child, puddled in the River Blackwater, and wondered what lay beyond the Nagle Mountains across the way.



Intercessory Prayer Prayer for Beatificarion


ASK NANO TO INTERCEDE FOR YOU, AND KINDLY REPORT FAVORS RECEIVED THROUGH HER INTERCESSION TO ANY PRESENTATION CONVENT WORLDWIDE.





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