The Presentation Sisters were founded in 1775 by Nano Nagle to meet the needs of the poor in penal Ireland. Founded from Ireland, Presentation Sisters came to “the ends of the earth” in Australia in 1866. Traditionally, Presentation Sisters in Australia have reached out to poor families through education in Primary Schools, Secondary Colleges and Tertiary Institutions.
Today Presentation Sisters and Associates are in every continent across our globe and work to address the “cry of the poor and the cry of the earth” through a variety of social justice initiatives. The early Presentation Sisters and all the Presentation Sisters, Associates and Friends of Nano over the years have been the guardians of Nano’s dream to engage in the Mission of God in a distinctive way. Their hopes, their dreams, their passion, their stories live on in us and in all the people around the world who have been inspired or touched by the Presentation charism.
The Society of Australian Congregations of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) is a federation of six autonomous Presentation Congregations in Australia and a group of Australian and Melanesian Presentation Sisters in Papua New Guinea.
Presentation Sisters are called to encounter God in the heart of the world and to continue the mission of Jesus in the spirit of our founder Nano Nagle. Like Nano we are called to keep our hearts open to the voices of those who are poor and oppressed, voices which challenge us to conversion and action both personally and communally.
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