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Living the Legacy 2015
2015 Jubilee Stories San Francisco
 



Sisters Celebrate Jubilees

The Sisters of the Presentation San Francisco is part of
The Conference of Presentation Sisters, or the Conference,
which represents hundreds of Presentation Sisters from seven congregations.

 


Celebrating their Jubilees in the back row
        (from left to right) are Sister Carl Fischer, PBVM,
Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM,  and Sister Virginia King, PBVM;
     and in the front row are Sister Eileen Canelo, PBVM,
   (left) and Sister Patricia Marie Mulpeters, PBVM, (right).

Five Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees to mark significant milestones in their lives as women religious at a community celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Presentation Convent in San Francisco. The main celebrant was San Jose’s Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Pastor Robert Fambrini, S.J., who was in Sister Virginia King, PBVM, seventh grade class at Saint Elizabeth in San Francisco.


Sister Eileen Canelo, PBVM,  (religious name Sister Mary Jerome) celebrates her Jubilee of Grace marking seventy years from her entrance into the Congregation on January 5, 1945.

Sister Eileen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of San Francisco. 
Sister Eileen’s ministry for fifty-eight years was in Catholic elementary education. In 2002, she was nominated to be in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Sister Eileen taught at Saint Anne School, Saint Elizabeth School and Epiphany School in San Francisco. She also taught at Saint Patrick School and Saint Christopher School in San Jose, Saint Charles School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Our Lady of Fatima School in Seattle, Washington. 
Sister Eileen spent thirty years from 1972 to 2012 at Epiphany Elementary School, in San Francisco.

In 2009, Sister Eileen moved to the Presentation Motherhouse. Since then, she engaged in various volunteer ministries, including teaching immigrants English-as-a-Second Language at The Lantern Center in San Francisco.  Currently, she is engaged in the Ministry of Prayer.

 


Sister Carl Fischer, PBVM, (baptismal name Felicitas Maria) celebrates her Jubilee of Grace marking seventy years from her entrance into the Congregation on January 2, 1945.

Sister Carl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of San Francisco. Sister Carl taught in Catholic elementary schools from 1947 to 1990.

In Southern California, Sister Carl taught at Saint Helen School in South Gate; Saint Bridget of Sweden in Lake Balboa, Saint Raymond in Downey, and Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Loretto in Los Angeles. From 1960 to 1964, she taught at Our Lady of Fatima School in Seattle.
In San Francisco, Sister Carl taught at Saint Anne, Epiphany and Saint Elizabeth and in San Jose at Saint Christopher and Saint Patrick. She also taught at Saint Mary in Gilroy.

During her forty year career as an elementary school teacher, Sister Carl taught grades two to seven. She also took her love of music into the classroom by teaching choir, piano, and organ.
After retiring from teaching, Sister Carl was a visitor to sick and homebound people and volunteered in the admitting department at the then Regional Medical Center in San Jose.

In 2005, Sister Carl moved to the Presentation Motherhouse and since that time has been engaged in various volunteer ministries, including teaching immigrants English-as-a-Second Language at The Lantern Center and serving as Sacristan for the Motherhouse Chapel in San Francisco.



Sister Patricia Marie Mulpeters, PBVM, (baptismal name Elizabeth Patricia) celebrates her Jubilee of Grace marking seventy years from her entrance into the Congregation on August 18, 1945.

Sister Patricia Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, at Berkeley, and a Master Degree in Sociology from Duquesne University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Sister Patricia Marie spent her first ten years of ministry teaching at Presentation High School, San Francisco. She also wrote materials and conducted workshops throughout the country for the Christian Family Living Program, a program developed to teach high school girls necessary skills and information to become mature Catholic women.

In 1965, Sister Patricia Marie was assigned to formation work, successively as postulant, novice, and juniorate director. In 1970, she was elected to the first of two terms as Superior General.
In 1981, the first bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, Pierre DuMaine invited her to join his administration; from 1981 to 1998, she served as assistant chancellor, chancellor, vicar for pastoral ministry and vicar for religious. In 1998, Sister Patricia Marie was again elected general councilor. She became director of the Presentation Retreat and Conference Center in Los Gatos in 2000.

Two of Sister Patricia Marie greatest honors are the papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award and an Honorary Doctorate from Santa Clara University.
1n 2011, Sister Patricia Marie moved to the Presentation Motherhouse and since that time has been engaged in the Ministry of Prayer.
 

 

Sister Virginia King, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Austin) celebrates her Diamond Jubilee marking sixty years from her Profession into the Congregation on January 22, 1955.

Sister Virginia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of San Francisco, and a Masters in Mathematics from Dominican College in San Rafael.

During her years in Catholic education, Sister Virginia taught most grades through twelfth grades, missing only first and fourth grades. Sister Virginia taught at elementary school including at Epiphany, Saint Agnes and Saint Elizabeth in San Francisco, Saint Joseph in Berkeley, Saint Columba in Oakland, Our Lady of Fatima in Seattle, Washington, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Los Angeles.

From 1963 to 1985, Sister Virginia taught primarily math, history and religion at Saint Joseph Presentation High School in Berkeley, Presentation High School in San Francisco, and Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada.

Since 1985, Sister Virginia serves in roles for the Congregation, including Health and Retirement Office Director, and Motherhouse Liturgist.


Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Daniel Joseph) celebrates her Diamond Jubilee marking sixty years from her Profession into the Congregation on July 2, 1955.

Sister Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of San Francisco. She has a Master degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.
Starting in 1954, Sister Kathleen taught in Catholic schools for sixteen years. She taught at Saint Joseph in Berkeley, Saint Agnes, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anne and Epiphany in San Francisco, Saint Benedict in Montebello and Saint Patrick in San Jose.

During the late 1960s, her concern for Mexican farm workers and their families took her to the Santa Clara Valley, where she began to work as a Headstart teacher for migrant children.
In 1979, Sister Kathleen joined Sister Ellen Cafferty, PBVM, at the Presentation Sisters’ mission in Chiapas, Mexico. In 1981, she returned to work with Catholic Charities in San Jose, El Centro and Stockton, California.

In 1988, Sister Kathleen returned to a parish outside Guatemala City where she worked for five years. From 1994 to 1998, she worked with County Services for children in Modesto and Gilroy. In 1998, she became a caseworker for Spanish Speaking homeless families at Raphael House in San Francisco.

In 1999, Sister Kathleen returned to Guatemala to assist Sister Tonia Marie Orland in formation work for her community of indigenous women, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist. Currently, she is an advisor for the Missionary Sisters in both Guatemala and Houston, Texas.
 


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Sister Paschal turned 102!
 

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

 

“I am 101, plus 363 days. My birthday is next Sunday, February 22, 2015!” remarked the ever quick witted Sister Paschal Elvin, as she walked into the Presentation Dining room
in San Francisco, to the cheers of more the thirty Sisters who came on Friday, February 20, 2015, for cake and ice cream to mark her 102 birthday.

Sister after Sister shared a memory or a story. Sister Sylvia Llerena told Sister Paschal she wore San Francisco Giants gear because she knows she is still a huge fan. 
Sister Paschal said in agreement, “Just before my one-hundredth birthday, when I met catcher Buster Posey, I asked him about his twins and his face lit up!”

Sister Rosina Conrotto, reminded Sister Paschal that she taught her sister Jermaine Conrotto Case at Saint Mary Elementary School in Gilroy.

When it was revealed that of those present, Sister Eileen Canelo was her only former student from
Saint Patrick Elementary School in San Jose, Sister Paschal exclaimed, “I claim her! She is mine!”


Sister Paschal Elvin, PBVM, (right) Saint Joseph 
Presentation High School, Berkeley, Class of 1929,
 celebrated her 102 birthday with Sister Janet Harris,
PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary de Montfort)
 Presentation High School, San Francisco, Class of 1948,
at the Presentation Convent in San Francisco.


Sister Paschal Elvin, PBVM, (left) celebrated her
102 birthday with Sister Sylvia Llerena (right)
at the Presentation Convent in San Francisco.

Sister Paschal’s rich ministry history started in 1932, teaching fifth grade at Saint Peter and Paul School in San Francisco’s North Beach area.
For the next forty-five years, she taught fifth to eighth grade in Los Angeles, San Lorenzo, San Francisco, Gilroy, and in San Jose at Saint Patrick,
Saint Christopher and Saint John Vianney. In 1963, Sister Paschal moved to Presentation High School, San Jose, where she taught Latin, English and religion. 
In the 1970s, Sister Paschal spent eight years teaching English at West Valley Community College in Saratoga. 
In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, until 2010, she was on the RCIA team and the moderator of the Over 50s Club at Saint Christopher Parish in San Jose.

When asked how she made it to 102, Sister Paschal said, “By being a good Sister of the Presentation!”

 



160th Anniversary Celebration
 

Submitted by Rosana Madrigal, Director of Communications, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco


Jennifer Mahoney, Congregation Wellness Nurse,
opened the liturgy with a sacred dance.


Sister Antonio Heaphy, PBVM, and other
Union Sisters joined the celebration.


On Sunday, November 16, 2014, we gratefully received several hundred Presentation Sisters, Associates, former Sisters, alumnae, staff, family and supporters who came to the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco, California to share in our joy and in thanksgiving for the many ways we have been blessed in our 160 years since our founding in 1854.
We were especially glad to have Sisters from the Union and Sister Joyce Meyer with us.

Liturgy began with a welcome by Sister Stephanie Still, President, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco. She reminded those gathered that we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.

Sister Stephanie said “We are all here today, because somehow, someway, a Presentation Sister spoke to your heart and changed your life.”

Before the liturgy began,the congregation marked the passing of 308 Sisters and 9 Associates with a moment of silence and the tolling of the bell used at funerals.

In his homily, Bishop Daniel Walsh thanked each of the Sisters by name who taught him. He said “Being true to Nano Nagle, you spend yourselves for the poor.” At the conclusion of the liturgy and as a blessing for our meal, Sister Rosina Conrotto asked us to remember in gratitude a Sister who touched or inspired us.Presentation Associate Sionie Del Rosario said, “Sister Nancy McLaughlin immediately came to mind because of her justice work.”The recessional song was Women of Light written by Sister Paula Baker, which states “We’re women called to follow with a vision old but new.

“At the luncheon guests shared Presentation memories and good conversations. Sister Kieran O’Connor lead the gathering in a toast: “Lift your glasses to Nano Nagle, faith carrier of light and for everyone who passes on her legacy. Hold them in your hearts. We are the people of Nano.”

Sister Ann Conlon said “Nano and the original Sisters would be proud of all the Sisters have done and continue to do, especially for the poor and marginalized.”Sister Janet Harris said “I admire the genuine unselfishness of the Sisters and the freedom of spirit to do what needs to be done.”

A video of our history, created by Lisa Olson, Executive Director of the Conference of the Presentation Sisters, was shown after lunch.
 


Presentation Roots Newsletters

The Sisters of the Presentation invite you to share in their joy of marking their 160th Anniversary of their arrival in San Francisco, California. Presentation Archivist Chris Doan has assembled four online Presentation Roots newsletters looking back at the many ways the spirit of Nano Nagle has been made live in the Sisters’ ministries to the people of God. The Presentation Roots newsletters feature historical photos, interesting facts and insights which you may be delighted find similar to those in your Congregation’s history. You can access these newsletters on the San Francisco website: Presentation Roots Newsletters.
 



Who Is Nano Nagle?


Nano (full name Honora) Nagle was born in Ballygriffin, County Cork, Ireland in 1718. This was the period in Irish history when the English had imposed the oppressive Penal Laws, which severely limited the Irish people. The Irish were denied access economically, politically, socially, and educationally to the rights and means that would have raised them from the imposed poverty and oppression. It was a crime of treason (punishable by death) to educate the Irish and it was forbidden to practice the Roman Catholic faith.

Because of her family's position and wealth, Nano was sent to be educated in the Irish community then living in Paris.

According to Sister Rose Forest, PBVM, one biographer of Nano, her "stay in the midst of Irish Parisian society was brief, but during this time an incident took place which has become a classic episode in the Presentation story. One morning the charming, wealthy, and beautiful Miss Nagle...was returning from an all-night ball. As her carriage rattled over the cobblestones of a silent street, she saw a small group of poor working people waiting in front a church...for the door to open for early Mass. The contrast between their useful lives and her own empty one devoted to pleasure made a lasting impression on the girl of twenty-two".

Returning to Ireland, other events lead Nano to consider a way that she could help the poor she saw everyday in Cork and on the family estate. Distressed by the ignorance of the Irish in both faith and academics, she opened her first school in 1754 with an enrollment of thirty-five girls in a two-room cabin. This began her great work of education and as some historians have noted, her important work in saving the Irish culture.

Without regard for her own safety, she selflessly educated the children during the day and visited and nursed the sick by night. As a result, she became known in Cork as the Lady with the Lantern, the symbol of the Sisters of the Presentation worldwide. Today the people of Ireland, especially in Cork, who attribute their freedom to her, revere her.

Eventually, realizing the need for a group to continue her work after her death, Nano founded the Sisters of the Presentation on December 24, 1775.

Nano died from tuberculosis, Monday, April 26, 1784. According to Sister Rose’s account, "On her deathbed Mother Nagle gave to her daughters the following injuction: 'Love one another as you have hitherto done.' As her legacy she bequeathed to them the treasure which she prized above all the wealth of the earth - the love of the poor of Jesus Christ. She bade her Sisters 'Spend yourself for the poor.'"

In the years since Nano's death, the Sisters of the Presentation have carried her spirit around the world in a variety of ministries.

 

You can learn more about our amazing foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation by reading One Pace Beyond. It is available for $15.00 at our shopping cart at Sisters of the Presentation Shopping Cart. This biography by Sister Raphael Consedine, PBVM, tells the story of Ireland under the Penal Laws and Nano Nagle’s courageous and unique response to the poverty and oppression. For the millennium, the Irish people voted Nano Nagle, the most influential person in Irish history from 1,000 to 2,000!

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We, Sisters of the Presentation, (San Francisco) are a community of Catholic women religious committed to living and transmitting the message of Jesus Christ through prayer and service. In the tradition of our foundress, Nano Nagle, we seek to promote a society which respects the dignity of all persons with emphasis on compassion and justice for the poor and oppressed.

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November 13, 1854, Five Sisters of the Presentation travel from their native Ireland to establish a foundation in San Francisco, California.
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December 1, 1854, The Sisters of Presentation of San Francisco open their first school on Green Street. Between 1930 and 1960, Sisters of Presentation establish and staff nineteen schools. Sisters of the Presentation continue to minister in all levels of education.

1968, The Second Vatican Council called women religious, including the Sisters of the Presentation, to renewal and more engagement in the society in which they lived. The Sisters of the Presentation embraced this call.
You can learn about each Sister’s unique response in Presentation Women, a Legacy of Vision, Faith and Service.
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1984, Sister Cleta Herold helps co-found the AIDS Support Group at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco to offer volunteer services to patients with HIV and AIDS.

November 20, 1999, a corporate stance against the death penalty is accepted by the congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco.

In 2001, Sisters of the Presentation begin their Day Laborer Project, serving breakfast and monthly lunches to the day laborers on Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco. ROI- more than one thousand five hundred are served a year.

November 13, 2004, San Francisco, California proclaims The Sisters of the Presentation Day to honor their service and mark the 150th Anniversary of their arrival.

September 18, 2006, The Project of the Roses/El Proyecto de Las Rosas, is established in Saint John parish in Tipton, California by Sisters Rita Jovick, Catherine Mary King, and Patricia Reinhardt to provide adult education to the immigrant and migrant worker communities in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most underserved areas of California. ROI- more than one thousand two-hundred are served a year.

October 2006, Sister Maire Sullivan opens the Lantern Center for Hospitality and Education/La Linterna to provide English and computer classes, as well as hospitality for men and women in the immigrant community of San Francisco’s Mission District. ROI- more than one thousand have been served since its inception.

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Nano Nagle has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis

Vatican website announcement 

Vatican City, (VIS) - During a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:

HEROIC VIRTUES:

Servant of God Honora “Nano” Nagle (John of God), Irish foundress of the
Union of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1718-1784) and all Presentation Sisters around the world.

 

 

 



The Cause for Canonization of Nano Nagle

Nano Nagle was declared Venerable by Pope Francis. This announcement brings the Canonisation of Nano Nagle one step closer as it is the second of four stages in the Canonization Process. Nano Nagle’s Cause for Canonization was officially initiated at the bi-centenary of her death in 1984. In 2004, the Central Leadership Team set up a Nano Nagle Commission Office, to help in promoting Nano as a woman of faith and courage, in the hope that she may soon be declared Venerable. The Commission comprises three Presentation Sisters, one from each Irish Province. The Commission has worked to make Nano better known and to promote the Cause of her Canonization. To forward the Cause of Nano, it is imperative that people cultivate devotion to her, and pray to her for favors. Any favors received, no matter how small, needs to be reported to the Commission:

The Nano Nagle Commission Office
Presentation Convent
Portarlington, Co. Laois
Ireland

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Nano Miracles - The Miracle of Anne Wallace

This story is one of our most important in the line of miracles for the Canonization of Nano.  For those of you who are not aware of the details of Anne’s story, the following account will be of interest to you.

On the morning of 9th December 1990, Anne Wallace, a physiotherapy student in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Merrion, Dublin, was cycling to class there, when she was involved in a collision with a car.  A doctor, driving to St. Vincents, came on the scene and stopped to administer medical attention.  Anne was very badly injured.  An ambulance came and took her to the Accident and Emergency of the same hospital.  Immediate attention was given.  Anne was unconscious.  She had multiple very serious injuries, external and internal.  She was admitted to the hospital and brought to surgery immediately.  In the meantime her parents, living in Dooradoyle, Limerick, were informed of the accident, and travelled to Dublin in the most dreadful weather conditions. They prayed all the way to Nano, to bring them safely to the hospital. The prognosis was not good.  Many friends of Nano were alerted to pray continually for a miracle.

The medical teams continued to work around the clock administering care and attention.  Anne’s parents kept vigil.  Eventually the doctors told the family there was nothing more they could do.  Anne’s father had grown up with a great love of Nano and consequently a deep - deep devotion to her.  Anne was in and out of consciousness, had further surgery and hung by a thread to life.  Her father always carried the relic of Nano in his pocket, and decided to place it in Anne’s hand while he kept vigil beside her bed.  He entered deep prayer, and sometime in that prayer felt a tip on his shoulder.  No one, only Anne was there.  She was semiconscious. She suddenly spoke and said:  “I am allergic to penicillin”.  That was the changing force.  The medics were informed and they changed her treatment.  Anne began to improve.  That “penicillin idea” came from nowhere, only from Nano, as there had been no talk about it at all.  Anne made a full recovery.

Today Anne is married and has two children.  This in itself is a miracle as she had so many internal injuries.  This miracle in its full details is with the Postulator and also in Rome.

Please continue to pray To Nano for any favors, and let us know if you receive these favors.

For more details contact the Union of Presentation Sisters

 



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