United States of America

The United States Province was founded as a compilation of Sisters from the original Presentation groups in Ireland and Pakistan who had opened houses in the States over many years.

In 2013 the Congregation of Presentation Sisters, Fargo, North Dakota, fused with the Union of Presentation Sisters, they subsequently joined with the sisters in the US to form a new Province.

To learn more about the various ministries Presentation Sisters are involved in see below.

Presentation Convent, Cypress, California, USA.

The Presentation Sisters were invited to Cypress, CA in 1963 to staff the new school in the St. Irenaeus Parish.  The school opened on October 7, 1963 with 275 students.  The constant for the Cypress Presentation Sisters seemed to be a commitment to the unexpected.  Many  Sisters have come and moved in and out to other parishes and places of ministry over the years.

Today, the Presentation Sisters no longer work in the school.  The connections remain in various ways.  The present Principal, Monica Hayden was a student in the school and had been taught by the Sisters.  She ensures that the Sisters are invited for key events in the school and students come over to the convent to express appreciation through cards and gifts.

There is no doubt that Nano’s flame continues to shine.  On 17th March 2019 a statue of Venerable Nano Nagle was blessed and installed on St. Irenaeus Church grounds acknowledging the Presentation Sisters.  The plaque reads, “In gratitude for their faithful service, prayers and ministry to our parish and school since 1963”.

The main ministry today is one of prayer, presence, caring for Sisters who need help whether it be accompanying them for doctor appointments or every day needs.  The parish is very dynamic and lots of activities/sessions take place.  The Sisters participate whenever possible in the spiritual events, social issues and entertainment.  They also volunteer at HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday), pro life demonstrations, bridge of light meetings (related to human trafficking) and the shawl ministry(related to the health ministry).  Much time is spent in celebrations of life and being present with families when loved ones enter into new life.

Fundraising is an on-going activity and every year in March there is a “gala”.  This takes place at three different parishes in rotation where Sisters have been in ministry.  The parishioners are made aware of the meager salaries the Sisters received and little benefits. The committees that work with the Sisters for each event are remarkable.  We are grateful for the many benefactors and donors.

The Seniors Centre is on the same block as the convent and some of the Sisters avail of the programs and relevant sessions on various topics that  are offered.  There is a wide spectrum of activities most of which are free.

Life in Cypress community is a daily adventure as one never knows what the day will bring.  Sometimes it goes as planned and for sure it is never dull.  We are grateful for having a vibrant parish within walking distance, the school with opportunities for interaction and our Sisters who are located in Southern California.   Having communities nearby enable us to gather as Sisters to celebrate Presentation Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  Indeed, we have much to be grateful for each day.

 

Fargo, ND


Presentation Prayer Center – A Quiet Place of Prayer and Solitude in a Busy City

The Presentation Prayer Center offers a quiet place of prayer and solitude in a growing and busy city.

Through private and directed retreats, access to Spiritual Directors, the Annual Brunch, workshops, book studies, speakers, Taizé prayer, community choir, centering prayer, and other events, we offer a place to develop a relationship with God, self, and others, and to find and connect with the creative energy of the Holy Spirit with a community of fellow spiritual pilgrims.

The Prayer Center also offers space for community groups like Hospice volunteers, campus ministers, and Homeless Outreach workers to meet and hold retreats.

The Prayer Center Board and staff are dedicated to being responsible stewards of the plethora of gifts given us by the many donors, volunteers, and the Presentation Sisters themselves. Part of this responsibility involves hosting events at affordable prices and a commitment to offer our programs to anyone interested, regardless of one’s ability to pay.

Everyone is welcome at the Presentation Prayer Center!

Please contact us:

Director, Peter Edwards, LISCW, Certified Spiritual Director

Phone: (c) 701-630-9214

Email: pedwards@i29.net

 

Assistant Director: Scott Mathern-Jacobson

Phone: (c) 701-799-2076

Email: presentationprayercenter@gmail.com

 


Naomi’s Story

Naomi, 24 came to Presentation Partners in Housing from a shelter in Fargo. She had recently given birth to a baby who was removed from her care, she was overcoming and addiction to Meth, had committed a felony, spent time in jail and was released into homelessness. For Naomi the barriers seemed too many to overcome, homelessness was tightening its grip.
With the help of her Housing Navigator
Naomi now has a place to call home.

 


 

HOPE
I was lost and feeling blue walking the streets, what to do.
Homeless, Stranded, All Alone.
Having nothing, no place to call home.
Struggles, Addiction, Feeling Stuck.
Not a bad person, just down on luck.
When you came through with your awesome gift.
You gave me housing taught me to cope.
You made it better, you gave me HOPE.
Dewayne

Long Beach, Mississippi


I am retired at age 84 years but I still am in a variety of ministries. My first ministry is faithfulness to Prayer, Mass, Contemplation and Presence. From this way of life I go out to do Communion Service in Drift Wood Retirement Home every week. I bring Communion to the homebound, give Spiritual Direction to a number  of people who come to this house, Visit the Hospital, work with RCIA candidates during Lent, gave a Mission Talk in church, be a Eucharistic Minister when wanted and do the Way of the Cross during Lent. I go to a Soup Kitchen every other week and serve the homeless a meal. These are some of my activities that keep me going and out of trouble

 Sr. Consilio Buckley living 18091 Commission Rd. in Long Beach, MS.

Shaw, Mississippi

 

The Mission in Shaw started in March 2010 by Sister Maura Fitzsimons, Sister Una Murphy and Sister Wiona Engel.  Since Sister Una’s death we are the only two in this mission.  The following is our Mission Statement and a description of what we do.

Mission Statement

We 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.

Our Goals

  • To help students in Shaw, MS who are living in poverty learn to achieve in school
  • To build self-esteem and self-worth in students and parents who are still suffering the effects of segregation and discrimination

 

Our Objectives

  • To help younger students who are failing in school (K-3rd) to learn the basics of reading, phonics, writing and math in order to help them achieve
  • To help high school students and adults improve their reading skills and develop self-worth
  • To collaborate with the school, the town and volunteer groups in implementing their plans to clean up the town and to build up the morale in the town

 

Presentation Sisters Centre

Pictures of our Active Ladies who meet once a week for a morning day out.

They make all kinds of crafts as well as do outreach things for people in Nursing Homes and for the Home Bound in Shaw.

Making decorations for Christmas

Making decorations for Christmas

They show their finished products

They show their finished products

Ladies are sewing reversal bags which they filled with different items for the home

Ladies are sewing reversal bags which they filled with different items for the home

We show off our finished reversal bags

We show off our finished reversal bags

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Computer Classes taught weekly by Sister Wiona

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

Children we tutor

To find out more about Presentation Sisters in the USA visit their website here.