Being Presentation

Being Presentation is a way or manner
of falling in love with God.

It is a Gospel value or values linked to a special need in the world. The Gospel value or emphasis remains constant over the history of the group throughout history. The area of need also remains constant but the specific expressions of the need may change over time, place and culture.

heartTo fall in love (again) with God …
Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is,
Than falling in love in a quiet, absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination,
Will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of the bed in the morning,
What you will do with your evenings,
How you will spend your weekend,
What you read,
What you know that will break your heart,
And what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.

Pedro Aruppe SJ

Being Presentation includes

  • Passion for those made poor and for changing the structures of society that made and kept people poor
  • Zeal – doing “all in her power” to change the way things were for those made poor
  • Courage
  • Trust in Divine Providence

This was the passion of our foremothers and this is our BEING PRESENTATION.


Examples of how Being Presentation is lived out

Sr Lawrencia Final Profession in Papua New Guinea


Children's Books written by Verna Kelley, PBVM

Click on the links below for Children’s Books written by Sr Verna Kelley from Aberdeen, South Dakota:

Conversations with God (pdf 429KB)

The Girl Who Loved Life (the story of Nano Nagle) (pdf 631KB)

Acorn Prayer

Reflection on Venerable Nano

Presentations Charism and Spirituality

Nano Nagle Booklet

Global Presentation: CHARISM PowerPoint

Lighting Lanterns PowerPoint

Presentation Tapestry

At the IPA Assembly at Bangalore, India in 2007 the idea for this tapestry was put forward and I agreed to put the pieces together that each unit sent me of their life and work – A Story in Fabric.

Presentation-TapestryFrom left to right, first row:

New Windsor, New York, established from Cork in 1874. The cloth represents the many colors of the “melting pot” of the eastern shore of the US. The symbol of growth signifies the continual growth of Presentation Sisters from the State of Rhode Island down to Washington DC.

Zambia was established by a group of sisters from England, Ireland and India in 1989.

England, the first group of Presentation Sisters was established in Manchester from Clonmel in 1836. This piece is stitched on the national flag, the cross of St George. The top left-hand square illustrates England as a ‘green and pleasant land’ where the ‘dark Satanic mills’ no longer belch out their ruinous black smoke and smog so bemoaned by one of her greatest poets, William Blake. The outline of the map on the right shows Nano’s lantern spreading its rays over the new multicultural land in which her sisters minister today, the multiculturalism represented by the collage of ‘colour’ on the bottom left. On the bottom right-hand section the social conditions of modern times are spelled out, symbolized by the block of high-rise flats and the prevailing problems of society on which the lantern beams shine. Red dots on the map represent places where there are established houses of the Province, but many sisters are also living and ministering out and beyond the confines of these regular community groups.

Western Australia was established from New South Wales in 1882. The quilt block illustrates the sky, the brown of the iron ore, the red of the interior of our land and its minerals; the next layer is the sand and dry river beds (we have underground rivers in much of the State) and the final layer is symbolic of the sea, water and its life around us. The small map shows where we are.

Queensland, Australia, established from Wagga Wagga in 1900. The map of Queensland shows the position of Longreach, brown represents the inland, blue for the sea and the Cooktown Orchid is the symbol used.

New Zealand, established in 1951 from Tuam, Thurles and Kerry. This piece shows the symbols of the Maori culture that prevails throughout the country.

Row 2:

The Philippines, established from Kilkenny in 1960. This piece represents the bright colors worn by the people and the embroidery is significant of the careful work done by the women.

Fargo, North Dakota, established in 1882 from Dublin and Doneraile. The acorn symbolizes the missions that spread across the prairie. In small towns, skylines consisted of grain elevators and church steeples, and wild prairie roses (our State flower) grew in the ditches, and wheat, a main crop, replaced the rolling prairie grasses. Here schools and hospitals were established and sometimes a rainbow appeared to symbolize our hope and trust in God as well as promise for the future.

New York, established from Dublin and Galway in 1874. This weaving draws together the strands of the dream of Presentation Sisters from Fitchburg, Massachusetts and Newburgh, New York to weave a future full of hope; by deepening our commitment to the care for Earth and embracing all of God’s people in unconditional love.

Staten Island was established from the New York community in 1884.

Tasmania, Australia, established from Fermoy, Cork in 1866. An acorn grows amid the gums. The background of mountains represents the difficulties of travel to move to the new foundations that were established in country towns, in Papua New Guinea and later on the Bass Strait Islands of King and Flinders. The signpost represents some of these places. The tree is the gum taken root in a new land.

Newfoundland, established from Galway in 1833.

Row 3:

Victoria, Australia, established from Limerick in 1873.

Wagga Wagga, Australia, established from Kildare in 1874.

Ireland, established by Nano Nagle in Cork in 1775. Ballygriffin and South Presentation form the background to Nano Nagle’s life and ministry. Nano’s tomb marks the end of her life. The spirituality of being in communion binds us together while we minister in many ways across the world.

The next square represents those unable to send a piece.

Zimbabwe, established from England in1989.

Row 4:

San Francisco, established in 1854 from Midleton and Kilkenny.

Dubuque, established in 1874 from Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny. The blue material represents the Mississippi River and also the importance of water in the heartland of agriculture. The one thread of three colors is the strength of Mother Vincent and the blue, purple and white threads signify the three postulants that came with her. The way the material is stitched with these three colors indicates the melody and we Dubuque Presentations enjoy creating and singing in song. This stitching might also indicate our journey throughout history in Dubuque, Iowa. The material is vibrant as we hope our motto of charity presents itself to the world.

India, established in 1842 from Rahan, Maynooth and Mullingar.

Lismore, Australia, established from Lucan in 1886.

The final square represents those unable to send a piece.

The quilting was done by Mary Palmer from Marimu Quilts. Photography by Larry Kenny, Fethard.

Sally Purcell pbvm, England