Go to Play about Nano
Who Is Nano Nagle?
Go to Play about Nano
Who Is Nano Nagle?
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 http://www.presentationsisterssf.org/shopsite_sc/store/html/index.html. 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!
The Cause for Canonization of Nano Nagle
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
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
For more information regarding Nano Nagle and the early Sisters of the Presentation, visit the Archives.
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