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The Sisters of the Presentation Justice Committee Chair: Sister Pat Davis, PBVM at (415) 422-5001 or email


Earth Day Celebration

By Sister Rosemary McKean, PBVM, Earth Day Committee Member

Celebrate Earth, our common home! It has been tradition in our community for the past twenty years to observe Earth Day. This year the Earth Day Committee prepared a prayer/ritual that was sent to all Sisters and Presentation Associates. On April 21st, the Sisters at the Motherhouse gathered in the dining room and were seated at their tables before the meal was served, each with a copy of the Earth Day prayer. The tables were decorated with center pieces featuring ceramics of birds and fish, shells, rocks and plants, and a sign reading "Earth Day 2018" with a photo of Earth from space. Sharing the prayer for our Earth together helped raise awareness of God's gift of creation and our responsibility to care for it.

Sister Helen Matosich, PBVM (pictured right), says, "I loved reading the Earth Day Prayer because I love the beauty of our Earth. On my daily walk around the USF Lone Mountain Campus, I feel like I am in a forest."

Sister Michaeline O'Connor adds, "The Earth Day celebration emphasizes respect for the beauty we have around us here at the Motherhouse; especially, in our renovated Ecological Garden outside our dining room!"

Sister Eileen Diggins says, "Including all of us at the Motherhouse, made us more aware of what we can do individually to care for God's Earth."

Click Here to read the full article including the 2018 Earth Day Prayer.


NETWORK LOBBY Participation…

Thanks to the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco for joining the 7,150 Catholic Sisters from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. who signed on to the ‘Nuns’ letter opposing any motion to proceed with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, delivered the ‘Sisters’ letter on July 24, 2017 to our United States Senators in Washington D.C. Also, our telephone calls to our United States Senators made a difference in defeating any motion to proceed with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.


In 2013, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Executive Director
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, brought her “Nuns on the Bus” to
the Sisters of the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco.

Annual Retreat
Northern California Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking

Members of STOP SLAVERY COALITION: Northern California Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking met June 6-8, 2016, for their annual retreat at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California.

Member participation before the Santa Clara Super Bowl in February 2016 was rewarding and effective.  It showed our teamwork and our growth in cooperation with local governments and organizations. This retreat gave reflection time for evaluation and planning for next steps.

Sheila Novak, our facilitator, started our time together inviting each participant to “be” a woman of the Bible, one either forced to take the place of a childless wife (Hagar), or who met death through the vow of another (Jethro’s daughter), or women who were publicly identified as prostitutes.  Our members spoke of these women eloquently, sympathetically, and with some critical modern perspectives on women.

Sheila then asked the group what worked and what didn’t work in preparing for the Super Bowl. Thanks largely to the efforts of Sister Marie Jeanne Gaillac, CSJO, and her team members, we had well-marked, accurate maps of hotels and motels for visiting in the cities and towns of the San Francisco Bay Area. Members paired up for these visits with friends, Associates, students from local schools and universities, and local parishes, carrying packets containing useful information for the places we visited. Over 300 hotels and motels were visited. The information gained will help us in the building of an infrastructure for the future.  Unfortunately, this scourge of human trafficking is not going away any time soon.

left to right,Rita Jovick, PBVM; Fran Tobin, RSCJ;
Therese Randolph, RSM; Lyn Kirkconnell; and
Reina Perea, O.P. (Mission San Jose); and standing in back,
from left to right, are Margaret Hoffman, SNDdeN;
Marilyn Lewellyn MacKinnon, SNJMA; Marie Jeanne Gaillac, CSJO; Jeanne Zarka, Associate with Sisters of St. Francis;
Nancy O’Shea, SND; Judy Lu McDonnell, O.P. (San Rafael);
and John Paul Chao, SMSM.
Not Pictured are Dianne Nixon, SNJM;
Rosemary Campi, PBVM and Ruth Robinson.

In retrospect the project was well-organized, specific and doable. Hotel visits carried out before the America’s Cup in 2013 and with Choice Hotels in 2014 proved to be helpful preparatory experiences.  People in the Bay Area know more about trafficking than in earlier years. Support from local legislators, most notably from Congressional Representative Jackie Speier, has helped shed more light on the problem. Local law enforcement is better educated on the issue. However, many areas of concern remain.  Transportation centers, nail salons, bars and truck stops are places of concern. Yet-untouched work toward zero tolerance must continue.

After the Super Bowl several members attended an encouraging meeting of the San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT) at its reporting on the larger experience. There we learned that police recorded 128 contacts with persons of interest and that 84 buyers were arrested. Law enforcement is more cooperative today and technology learnings used successfully will be incorporated in the future.

With Sheila’s guidance four committees were formed for work in the coming year.

1) Legislative Advocacy: Among other tasks, we will continue the work begun in promoting compliance with California state law SB1193 whereby certain establishments such as massage parlors, bars, adult bookstores, and urgent care centers must display posters against human trafficking.

We will continue our efforts to secure co-sponsors for federal Senate Bill 1968 still pending, whereby certain companies would be compelled to report annually on their efforts to eliminate human trafficking and forced labor in their supply chains. Continued efforts will be made to encourage the purchase of fair trade products.

2) Communication:  Continue publishing the coalition newsletter and expand readership. Learn to use social media better as a means of communicating about human trafficking. To help us to do that, we will receive training on Social Media at our September Coalition meeting.

We will continue participation in the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, the San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking, and the multi-county workgroup, No Traffick Ahead.

3) Education/Raising Awareness:  Provide on-going education for ourselves and others. Organize materials to be used in various presentations on human trafficking. Focus more on raising awareness about labor trafficking; invite speakers on labor issues.

4) Follow up of Hotel Project: Continue visits to Bay Area hotels to assure that all hotels will know how to identify and report possible incidents of human trafficking.  Promote a rewards program for hotels that have trained their staff to recognize and report human trafficking.

At the closing, we gathered around a table and each one took a packet that contained a stone with a special word on it.  We blessed one another as we read our prayerful words, such as peace, courage and gratitude.




Climate Change, Immigration, and Human Trafficking, a Justice Workshop

By Sionie Del Rosario, Presentation Associate

Fifty-eight Associates, Alumnae and Sisters made our Justice Workshop very successful on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the San Francisco Motherhouse!
Presentation Associate Jane Hetherington spoke on How Green Must We Be.

Presentation Associate, Jane Hetherington, made the
point that most people fail to relate being green with
the food they eat in her talk on How Green Must We Be.

She gave us copies of the International Presentation Association’s Our Ecological Footprint Calculator and What We Eat Makes A Difference which were very informative. They certainly bring out more awareness of how the world is really in crisis as far as global warming is concerned; most people do not even associate it with our food. This issue is definitely one of social justice's issues. The three things that stick in my mind are: (1) The death of the forest is the end of our life, (2) Without a healthy planet, there isn't a healthy anything and (3) We have a responsibility to the future generation on this matter.

Sister Rosemary McKean spoke on The New Climate Change Program. Change of heart and conversion are critically needed to stop losing our Earth to the perils of climate change. A lot of people are still in denial of this matter. The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center based in Seattle, Washington offers a Four Session Process booklet on Climate Change which are a great tool to impart knowledge and consciousness to people about this concern. My Small Christian Community group came to my mind right away and so I requested seven copies for our group.

Reverend Debra Lee gave Immigration Updates. Aside from important (current) updates on immigration that we learned, we were also reminded once more that migrants are the faces of God and that migration is a human experience where justice for our neighbors has to be thoughtfully considered. I personally believe that immigrants are contributors of certain gifts and blessings and as the presenter reiterated, "The host always learns from the guest."
Monique Thomas gave us a good overview of The Monarch House and The Nest. The Monarch is a safe house for adult female survivors of human trafficking in San Francisco. The Nest is a residential shelter for girls twelve to seventeen who are also survivors of human trafficking in Santa Clara Valley. Statistics are being made available now of this social justice issue. Hopefully people will avail themselves of how victims of Human Trafficking can be helped getting up and getting back their self-esteem or self-respect.

Regina Evans gave a dramatic presentation of 52 Letters that brought awareness of sex trafficking and American youth. The words that got stuck in my mind and heart are from Regina Evans' poem, "I am somebody's baby, I am somebody’s child.” It was such a loud, clear and heavy cry for help to stop Human Trafficking. She delivered it with such strong emotion that anybody cannot help, but really get carried away. She is correct in reiterating that what survivors from Human Trafficking need are faith, love and specifically, sacrificial love.

Justice Committee Chair, Sister Pat Davis, thanked the
nearly sixty
Associates, Alumnae and Sisters for their
willingness to learn about how they can do justice.

If you would like more information on how you can act more justly, here are some suggestions:

      Climate Change links

            Climate Reality Project - People vs. Carbon

            Catholic Coalition on Climate Change  

     Immigration links—



     Anti Human Trafficking Action links

            South San Francisco Bay Area Coalition

            Polaris Project offers multi-language interpreters and resources.
            Polaris Project National Resources Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
            Polaris Project website

            52 Letters  Regina Evans' dramatic presentation

            The Monarch House and The Nest click on 'Shelters' at  Freedom House SF


The Sisters of the Presentation (San Francisco) is a sponsoring member of the 
STOP TRAFFICKING Newsletter published Monthly by the Salvatorian Sisters.

Sister Ellen Cafferty, PBVM, at the UN

On May 20, 2014, Sister Ellen Cafferty, PBVM, posted her presentation on Self-determination,
which she gave at 13th Conference of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Self-determination, By Ellen Cafferty, PBVM at 13th Conference of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

I can only speak as an eyewitness to the efforts toward self-determination of the Mayan people, among whom I have lived and labored during 42 of my 76 years. I admit with some embarrassment that I went to Chiapas, Mexico thinking I was going to teach the people something – after all I was a teacher –but what happened was that the people became my teachers. Their lessons were subtle and unintentional, but little by little they came to form for me a different way of thinking, of seeing all of life in a completely different context than the one into which I had been born and raised.  You may ask what all this has to do with self- determination.  For me it has everything to do with it, for how can we come to self-determination without knowing who we really are?

 I wasn’t long in Chiapas when a new volunteer and I visited one of the Tzeltal villages. Between activities the people sat with us and if we didn’t speak, we sat in silence, something both of us were uncomfortable with. My companion began commenting on the state of the community school house, which was made from bamboo poles and thatched roofing. “Your school could use fixing up,” he said. Our hosts remained silent, so he continued. “Maybe you could clear more land, plant more corn, sell it and fix the school.”  Finally one of the villagers responded, “When we plant our fields, we ask permission of Mother Earth to break the ground, with the promise that we will take from her only what we need.”  LESSON #1: TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED.

But there had been a previous lesson that I had missed till I began thinking about it and that was on the treatment of visitors: LESSON # 2: WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO WE ARE WITH.

After a while I became more observant and asked questions instead of giving answers.  I saw that the men got together to plant their fields, that they didn’t consider them-selves owners of the land and that they interchanged farming plots so that everyone had access to the most fertile areas. LESSON #3:  WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO THE GOODS OF MOTHER EARTH. 

When the women did the family laundry in the river, instead of seeing it as a chore they considered it a time to interchange news, to enjoy their younger children splashing in the water and one another’s company.LESSON #4:  LIFE IS MEANT TO BE ENJOYED, EVEN DURING TIMES OF WORK.

One morning in town I noticed a large group of men from Colonia San Antonio coming up the street. One of the men had a chair held by a thump line on his back with a pale young woman tied to the chair. As I watched, one of the groups stopped and told me that the woman, his sister-in-law, was in labor and could not deliver the baby, so they had brought her in to the dispensary. I calculated that every able man of the community was with her and had probably taken a turn carrying the chair during the 12 mile trek into town.LESSON #5: THE PROBLEM OF ONE IS THE PROBLEM OF ALL.   

As I became familiar with the Tzeltal language I learned that the people don’t ask others what they think, they ask what’s in their hearts. To love another is to have pain in the heart and to speak of the Source and Sustainer of life; they speak of and to the HEART OF HEAVEN, HEART OF EARTH. LESSON #6: THE WHOLE UNIVERSE THROBS WITH THE POWER OF LOVE.

 One day I asked a teen ager how he had learned to respect life in all its forms, so he told me that as a little boy he had killed a spider. A few nights later he sat at the fire as his grandmother made tortillas. “One day, my child,” she said to him, “you will make a journey and you will come to wide and sweeping a river that you will not be able to cross unless a spider weaves a web for you.” LESSON #7: EVERY CREATURE HAS A REASON FOR BEING.

The Presentation sisters were in Chiapas, Mexico, from 1966 to 1987, a time when Tzeltal farmers from ancestral areas where the land was exhausted and peons from the large ranches were moving into the Lacandon Jungle under the government approved ejido system. The system granted the communal use of but not the ownership of lands.   This experience was certainly one of self-determination but a short lived one.  In 1991, President Carlos Salinas Gortari abrogated the ejido system from the Mexican Constitution, leaving the ejidatarios in the status of squatters. The president’s action was a condition for Mexico signing the North American Free Trade Agreement with the US and Canada. Many of the people who had struggled for so long to make a home for them-selves in the jungle and then were deprived of their legal rights to it were those who took another step in self – determination, joining ranks with neighboring Mayan farmers and forming the Zapatista Liberation Movement.

 On January 1, 1994, the day that NAFTA was to go into effect, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation came out of the Lacandon Jungle to astound the Mexican government with its demands for justice for the indigenous peoples of Chiapas and to strike a chord of solidarity throughout the world. This year, on January 1st, the 10th anniversary of their first appearance, 30,000 Zapatistas stood silently but with raised fists in the central square of San Cristobal de las Casas, the indigenous  capital of Chiapas,  to let the world know that “la lucha sigue” – the struggle goes on.

In 1991 I went south to join one of my sisters in a parish on the outskirts of Guatemala City. It’s an area like all of that in and around the capital  that  tripled and quadrupled in population during a massive urban migration beginning in the 1980’s, the time of the armed conflict. The exodus from the high lands continues today, bringing the city’s and its surrounding area’s numbers to 5,000,000 people, which is a third of the country’s total population and over half of the entire indigenous population.

The armed conflict was being handled subtlety around the capital but raged on in the interior of the country until 1996. Its result was a genocide that obliterated over 400 indigenous communities from the map of Guatemala, General Efrain Rios Mont, who took over the government in a military coup in 1982, was tried for genocide in a case, which was brought against him by the Ixil people in 2013. He was found guilty, a verdict that caused great rejoicing in most sectors of the country. Sadly, it was then over turned by the national Constitutional Court and is now in the appellate court. Subsequently, Claudia Paz y Paz, the attorney general who brought the case to trial was vilified by the mass media and dismissed from her post several months early.  

It is only lately, as the extracting companies invade the country, that people are becoming aware that the armed conflict had nothing to do with contradictory political ideologies and everything to do with making mineral rich and water rich territories accessible hydro-electric and mining interests.

During the thirty year conflict the people who migrated to Guatemala City were mostly women and children, the men staying  behind to  fight in the Guerrilla movement or in the army; with many, too many dying in the struggle. The displaced children, left alone while their mothers sold what they could on the streets or worked as underpaid domestics, grew up fearfully and many times angrily. They were easily assimilated into the mainstream consumer culture and too often became prey to gangs looking for new members to carry out drug deliveries, extortions, assaults and vicious murders. These young people were paid in drugs, became addicted and so completely alienated from reality.

In the area where I live, Na’oj Maya is one of many small but important programs that offer an alternative to gang membership. Its aim is help Kaqchikel children and adolescents rediscover and value their cultural heritage so that, someday, they can come to self – determination. I’m delighted when I listen to the teen agers play the marimba or learn with the children the treasures of their Kaqchikel language.

Their teacher explains:  “The root word for hair is the root word for roof and the root word for tree top . . . The root word for leg is also the root word for river bed, for our grandmothers and grandfathers saw that the river also walks.  They saw that everything that lives is connected, everything is ONE.

At Na’oj Maya some of the adults read the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, so I asked them if they had any recommendations for the Conference.One of the elders responded:  If the United Nations could only convince our government to truly recognize these rights, how wonderful it would be.  A mother of a college graduate who hasn’t been able to find work said: If the UN could influence businesses to hire young people and not reject them because they have  Mayan surnames, it would be a great help to our family economy.”  A teen ager who was listening asked, “Can the UN teach people that making money is not the reason for living? That would make the world very different.”

Just over the hill from where Na’oj Maya meets, Kaqchikel farmers are resisting the incursion of CEMENTOS PROGRESSO, the largest cement company in Guatemala. When their road blocks effectively stopped the movement of the company’s heavy machinery into the area, company representatives went into the area and hired enough people at higher- than- average wages to cause infighting and finally division, but a wiser if weakened community goes on resisting.

When the monumental obstacles to self – determination that the indigenous communities face tempt me to discouragement, I try to recall the story of the young David courageously toppling the jeering giant Goliath with only a river stone in a slingshot. Then I believe again that the indigenous peoples and their love of Mother Earth will triumph.

If only all of us could honor their cosmic vision and see the whole universe as our home; if only we would acknowledge the primary right of Mother Earth to self – determination, we may yet survive. The United Nations has many documents that speak this language and that treat these issues but not every government. Our challenge is to make sure that the struggle continues – QUE SIGA LA LUCHA.

Ellen Cafferty, PBVM


IPA was blessed to have three Presentation Sisters attending:


The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples took place at the UN.

Sister Ellen Cafferty is a PBVM from San Francisco, California, who has spent 42 years among
the Mayan peoples of Chiapas, Mexico, and San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

Sister Lilly has spent 20 years in marginalized communities in the North and Western parts of India,
three years with the Dalit community and seventeen years with the Worli and Kathkari tribal communities. 


Sisters Ellen Cafferty (center) from Guatemala,
Lilly John (left) from India and
Elsa Muttathu, (right) IPA NGO Representative at the UN.


The Sisters of the Presentation (San Francisco) is a sponsoring member of the STOP TRAFFICKING Newsletter published Monthly by the Salvatorian Sisters.

Presentation Sisters raise awareness on Human Trafficking

By Rosana Madrigal, Director of Communications, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco

The Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco are involved on several levels in raising awareness on Human Trafficking, as well as helping survivors of this
modern-day slavery.

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM, was interviewed in Spanish by Celina Rodriguez for her radio program on KZSF-am - La Kaliente 1370 in San Jose, California. Celina is an award winning veteran journalist and her credits include anchoring the news on CNN in Español.

Sister Gloria says, “In preparation, I wrote up some talking points. I sent them to Celina and she used the suggested questions which made the telephone interview flow more smoothly! I was able to give a few examples of survivors of human trafficking. Also, I was able to give information on local resources available. And more importantly, I gave the Spanish Speaking community information on how they can get involved in eradicating Human Trafficking!”

Action links:
South San Francisco Bay Area Coalition

Polaris Project offers multi-language interpreters and resources.
Polaris Project National Resources Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
and Polaris Project website

Information on Climate Change Workshop

By Sister Pat Davis, PBVM, San Francisco

The San Francisco Presentation Sisters’ Justice Committee sponsored a workshop on Climate Change on January 18, 2014, for the Sisters and Associates in the Bay Area. The presenter, Gail Schickle, a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, came with a wealth of information and outstanding slides. One of the major issues discussed was the increase in number, ferocity and frequency of typhoons, floods, hurricanes and severe storms globally over the past several decades. We saw excellent close-up scenes of these natural phenomena and the faces of the victims left homeless and without water and food.

What stands out is that Carbon Dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is at its highest level ever, and that this is largely a result of carbon emissions coming from our human energy consumption, beginning with the Industrial Revolution in the Nineteenth Century. The United States is one of the top nations which add to the carbon emissions on the planet. Unfortunately, our country lags behind in implementing the technology we know would be effective in reducing carbon emissions. The single biggest part of the solution to the crisis is the incredible changes in the efficiency with which we use Energy. The new incentive to shift our Energy production from fossil fuels to solar, wind, and geothermal sources has unleashed a wave of improvements in those technologies.

The session concluded with suggestions for collaborative action and helpline websites. Important for our Presentation Community is the knowledge that there are non-governmental organizations which focus on helping the most marginalized, those most vulnerable to the effects of Climate Change and the weather extremes which accompany it. This is the focus for groups like us to point out often neglected Social Justice Issues. This will be our task as we move through the year.

Climate Change website links:

Climate Reality Project - People vs. Carbon

Catholic Coalition on Climate Change


Sister Rosemary Campi, PBVM, a member of
the San Francisco Presentation Sisters’
Justice Committee listens intently to
Gail Schickle, a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

The sisters were given practical steps to curb climate change.


Coalition of Sisters Stop Slavery!

Diocese of San Jose Anti-Human Trafficking Network members met recently for a retreat at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, California. Pictured here from left to right are Sister John Paul Chao, SMSM; Sister Judy Lu McDonnell, OP (San Rafael); and Sister Reina Perea, OP (Mission San Jose); in the second row are Sister Mary Ann Foy, RSCJ; and Sister Rosemary Campi, PBVM (San Francisco); in the third row are Sister Dolores Barling, SNJM; and Sister Fran Tobin, RSCJ; in the fourth row are Sister Therese Randolph, RSM; Marie Jeanne Gaillac, CSJO; and Ruth Robinson; and in the top is Lyn Kirkconnell, Coordinator

Article Link:

The Valley Catholic

Nuns on the Bus

By Rosana Madrigal, Director of Communications, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco

On the eve of the End-of-Trip, but Not-End-of-the-Road Rally, the Sisters of the Presentation were honored to hold a Friendraiser for NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus, at the San Francisco Motherhouse. Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, President, Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM, welcomed the more than one two-hundred attendees, including San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy.

Network Executive Director, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, says awareness and support is increasing for immigration reform that reflects America's values, not its fears. She says law makers to business leaders are touting the economic benefits immigrants bring and could bring to this country. One of the facts she learned was that a legalized immigrant family is ready to buy a home in just three years.

Each of the Sisters on NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus shared one of the many stories that have touched them on the trip. Each put a face on how added enforcement is tearing families apart and causing suffering for those who are otherwise willing and eager to contribute to our society.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus concluded a six-day journey through California in San Francisco. It was part of a larger 6,800-mile, fifteen state tour urging lawmakers across the country for immigration reform legislation that provides a roadmap to citizenship, promotes family unity, and protects the rights of immigrant workers.

Click here for more details about NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus

On Saturday, June 15th, Sister Catherine Mary King, PBVM,
Sister Patricia Reinhart, PBVM, and Sister Rita Jovick, PBVM,
went to Delano, California to meet the NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus.
The Sisters gave a short reflection, taken from Scripture or
from their foundress, that was applicable to the issue
of immigration reform. Dolores Huerta, one of the founders
of the United Farmworkers Union, thanked the Nuns on the bus.

Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM, (right) welcomes
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, (left).

Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM welcomed the
over two hundred attendees at the Friendraiser
at the San Francisco Motherhouse.

Marguerite Riordan, (right) Presentation High School,
Class of 1949 expressed her gratefulness to
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, (left) for the work of
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.

Sister Antoinette Martinez, PBVM, (left) thanked
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, (right) for her cross
country trip for immigration reform.

Sister Michaeline O'Connor, PBVM, (left) thanked
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Network Executive Director,
for bringing Nuns on the Bus to the San Francisco Motherhouse.

At the Monday night gathering, each of the Sisters
on NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus shared one of the
many stories that have touched them on the trip. 


San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy
came to support Sister Simone Campbell, SSS,
Network Executive Director.

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus, is parked next to the
corporate offices of the Sisters of the Presentation,
in San Francisco. NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus was
greeted and welcomed all across the country by
elected officials, Catholic Bishops, and other local leaders.


Sister Joan Riordan, PBVM, (left) and
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Network Executive Director,
were pleased the event was a success.

Click here for more details about NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus

NEW! April 03, 2013

Dear Supporter of Immigrants,

Anti-immigrant organizations are flooding U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's office with calls, messages and faxes attacking him for his support of immigration reform. 
 A recent Washington Post article reported that one group and "its members have inundated the office of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) with 100,000 faxes."

Senator Rubio needs to hear from people throughout the country that they are looking for his leadership in the Senate on this issue
and that he must continue to support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.

Call Senator Rubio's office at 202-224-3041 or send him an email HERE and thank him for his outstanding work on the Gang of Eight, and encourage him to continue with his immigration reform efforts.


Read about local immigration gathering below.

Tell Congress: Support the path to citizenship

President Obama and Senate leaders have each introduced their own plan for comprehensive immigration reform.
At the center of both plans is a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans working and living in our communities.
Now we must hold our leaders accountable to ensure this becomes reality.

Tell your Congressional leaders now: their work is not over until they finally pass comprehensive immigration reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship.

To our leaders in Congress:

During this critical moment in the fight for immigration reform, leaders in Congress on both sides of the aisle are weighing in on plans for legislation--but true reform is not complete unless it allows for those living in the shadows to come forward and take part in full citizenship in our nation.

I demand nothing less than a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants as part of immigration reform--and I call on legislators like you to rise to the challenge of our time, and to support a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans.

Add your name today or go here .


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Re-Authorization  UPDATE! April 03, 2013

This is exciting news! Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) as part of the Violence Against Women Act.
This bill authorizes millions of dollars for human trafficking services and programs and encourages the distribution of the National Human Trafficking Hotline by federal agencies.
Now all fifty states have criminalized human trafficking and significant numbers of states are passing even stronger laws to protect survivors and punish traffickers.

You’ve helped
. Whether you’ve lobbied your legislators by phone calls and signing petitions in person or online or educating your friends and family, you have helped make these victories happen.

A good number of our Sisters were present last Saturday interacting with the new San Francisco Archbishop around the Immigration issues and concerns and about the work of the Restorative Justice Office in the Archdiocese.
Sister Rosina’s Council for Religious sponsored the event.
We will keep you posted as programs are supposed to start in the parishes on Immigration Reform.

We have enrolled as members in the STOP SLAVERY Coalition and Sister Rosemary Campi will represent us at their monthly, first Friday meetings at Mercy Burlingame.
Also, we are now sponsoring members of the STOP TRAFFICKING Newsletter published by the Salvatorian Sisters.


Presentation Sisters helping Human Trafficking Survivors

On August 6, 2013, the Justice Committee,
our Motherhouse Community, and others assembled
sixty individual gift bags with full-size personal hygiene
items for female survivors of human trafficking.

 The Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco are involved on several levels with Freedom House whose mission is to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare.

In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch, the first safe house in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking in San Francisco. Later this year, The Nest, a residential shelter for girls twelve to seventeen is set to open in Santa Clara Valley.

If you would like to help, there is a need for female personal hygiene articles which our Presentation Sisters and volunteers will be able to assemble into gift bags at the Mother House in San Francisco. There are also opportunities for direct service such as Bible studies, crafting sessions, English lessons, math tutoring, outings, and other fun activities, at The Monarch in in San Mateo County and The Nest when it launches later this year in Santa Clara County.

To volunteer or donate items email Sister Pat Davis

For more details on Freedom House


Presentation Sisters for Immigration Reform

Sister Denise Bourdet, PBVM, (left)
talks with Presentation Associate Sionie Del Rosario and Sister Kathleen Healy, PBVM, (right)
as they carry the Presentation justice banner.

This spring’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform gatherings across America found seven San Francisco Presentation Sisters and Associates wearing justice tee-shirts representing all of us. In one of them, they walked with our Presentation Justice Banner from United States Senator Diane Feinstein’s office to the rally at the San Francisco Civic Center. These were two of the many rallies and marches to push for humane, equitable and inclusive immigration reform. The proposed Congressional Act also calls to keep families together and stop deportations! Sister Máire Sullivan, PBVM, led one of the opening prayers at one of the two rallies and marches in San Francisco.


Presentation Associate Christine Costa Panelli (left)
 and Sister Máire Sullivan, PBVM,
wore individual sandwich billboards
with messages promoting justice for immigrants.

The Sisters of the Presentation and Associates, San Francisco continue concentrating on the
International Presentation Association’s Commitment Statement:
Explore ways of "widening the tent" to further the IPA justice mission...
by strategic partnerships with people/groups with similar values.

Sister Caritas Foster, SHF, gave a Human Trafficking Workshop,
on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco.

Forty-seven Presentation Sisters and associates came to listen to Sister Caritas speak on Human Trafficking.

The Sisters and Associates learned so many facts from Sister Caritas. Among the most distressing is that San Francisco is a key transit point for human trafficking in the United States. Child prostitution is often the most recognized and publicized. However, many more are forced to work in agriculture or selling fruit on street corners to pay for travel and immigration costs. Often, at the end of a week of labor, the indentured worker/servant owes more than at the start of the week. The January 18, 2013 edition of Catholic San Francisco’s features an article on page five with some of the vital data Sister Caritas shared. 

Sister Caritas also presented a literal picture of slavery around the world,
by sharing Humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine’s website
Human Trafficking Photography.


This Mill Valley woman is opening eyes to modern-day slavery
with her startlingly, yet respectful pictures.
San Francisco Chronicle Reporter
Meredith May’s story
Lisa Kristine Photographs Slavery appeared on January 5, 2013.

Sister Stephanie Still. PBVM, President, Sisters of the Presentation,
San Francisco leads a discussion on possible justice actions.



Thanks to the Justice Committee who facilitated the Human Trafficking Workshop and
to the Presentation Motherhouse Community for their hospitality.

Stay tuned to Action Alerts from the Justice Committee. For more information contact:
The Sisters of the Presentation Justice Committee Chair:
Sister Pat Davis, PBVM at (415) 422-5001 or email patdavis821@gmail.com.

Please visit these sites:

   International Presentation Association, go to International Presentation Association

Archdiocese of San Francisco Life and Justice Office

Leadership Conference of Women Religious with all its organization's links

Jericho with all its organization's links

United Nations Website with all its organization's links

Freedom Forum, a non-partisan news and discussion group on amendment issues

   Various Social Justice links featured here:

http://www.justpeace.org ICCR.org for responsible investing information

Women Watch providing current information on the work of the United Nations on behalf of women of the world.

Catholic Migrant Farmworker Movement action and issue-oriented site.

Pax Christi USA US branch of international Catholic peace and nonviolence movement.

School of the Americas Watch updating the national efforts to shut down the School of the Americas.

Jubilee USA giving information on action for debt relief.


International Presentation Association
Gathers Leaders and Justice Contacts in Newfoundland

Complimentary to Matthew’s call to “teach all nations", during her lifetime, Nano Nagle gave expression to a similar energy.“If I could be of any service in saving souls in any part of the globe, I would willingly do all in my power.”During her lifetime, Nano formed catechists to go to the colonies of the West Indies to serve the Catholic population. After her death, Sisters of the Presentation began serving in schools and social services all over the world, taking her instruction to “Spend yourselves for the poor” to nearly every continent. The first foundation for Presentation Sisters in North America was in Newfoundland in 1833, followed by the first foundation in the United States in San Francisco in1854. Presentation Sisters established a foundation in India in 1842. Today, Sisters of the Presentation serve in many places around the world.



In September 2012, Presentation Leaders and Justice Contacts will gather on Saint John’s Island, Newfoundland for the Sixth Assembly for the International Presentation Association.
The theme for this Assembly is Consciousness Evolving, which speaks to the sustainability of the earth and eco-spirituality foci of Presentation Sisters around the world.


The most recent IPA Assembly was held in Bangalore, India, November 14 through 21, 2007. The theme for that Assembly was “Listen to the cry of the earth, the cry of the poor.” The Direction for Mission that resulted from that Assembly was:


Conscious of our identity as Presentation women, we listen deeply to the cry of Earth heard most loudly in the cry of those made poor and we are moved to attend with urgency to the woundedness of our global community. In this critical time, it is imperative that we find ways to ensure that human dignity is everywhere upheld and honored and that we name, challenge, and seek to change the systems and lifestyles in which we are complicit and which contribute to the present extremes of poverty and wealth and the degradation of Earth. Therefore, we will address the root causes of poverty, especially confronting personal and corporate greed which exploit Earth, her peoples, and the whole community of life. For more information about the International Presentation Association, please visit the website: International Presentation Association


Our Work at the United Nations

IPA is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and is in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. ECOSOC is the principal organ to coordinate the economic and social work of the United Nations and the specialized agencies and institutions that make up the UN ‘family’, e.g. UNESCO, WHO, IMF and many others. IPA is also associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). Sister Fatima Rodrigo , PBVM, an Indian Presentation Sister, is the full-time IPA NGO representative based in New York. Her work includes:

Through the work of the Justice Contacts, Presentation Sisters and Associates around the world are engaged in processes to surface information for UN committees and to give input on international focus gatherings, such as the Rio + 20 Conference.

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