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Sister Paschal turns 104!

By Rosana Madrigal, Director of Communications, Sisters of the Presentation S.F.
 
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, about twenty Sisters and staff gathered to celebrate Sister Paschal Elvin turning 104 at the Motherhouse in San Francisco.
 

 


At which point, to the polite roar of laughter, Sister Rita Jovick, said, “Let them eat donuts!” Later Sister Rita added she remembered a Jubilee where Sister Paschal quoted from the film Goodbye Mr. Chips, “To fill the world with love.”

 

Sister Maryann Healy says, “I’m almost as old as she is!  I’ve lived with her for many years. Today, I saw her birthday cake drop!” 

 

 

At which point, to the polite roar of laughter, Sister Rita Jovick, said, “Let them eat donuts!” Later Sister Rita added she remembered a Jubilee where Sister Paschal quoted from the film Goodbye Mr. Chips, “To fill the world with love.”

 


Pictured below from left to right are Sister Corinne Avila, Sister Eileen Canelo, Sister Constance Madden, Sister Michele O’Connell, Sister Eileen Diggins, Sister Rosemary Campi and Sister Rita Jovick.
Sister Rosemary Campi said, “She gave the most beautiful homily at my Silver Jubilee. I’ve already celebrated my 70th! But, that is how long ago, she touched me with her words.”
 

 


Sister Eileen Canelo was taught by Sister Paschal in the 7th grade at Saint Patrick School in San Jose.

 

 

Sister Euphemia O’Connor said, “She is the best Sister ever because she makes us smile. Her students never forget her. One of them still treasures a poem in which she corrected every line.”

 


Sister Pashcal received a hug from
Sister Michele Anne Murphy,
President, Sisters of the Presentation.
Sister Margaret Webster says, “She was my master teacher when I was started teaching the 7th grade at Saint Anne School in San Francisco. She taught me how to deal with the teens. I needed that!”

 

 

Sister Vivian Vacari says, “San Jose’s Saint Christopher Parish Over 50s club always ask for her.”
 

 


Sister Patricia Marie says, “I see her every single day, but I know Sister Paschal only pretends to see me as her eyesight is almost gone. Oh! When she is upset, she is upset!”

 


Above: Sister Paschal (left) confers with
Sister Toni Martinez, (right)
Director of Pastoral Care, Sisters of the Presentation.
Sister Janet Harris, said, “She is always very gracious and listens with genuine interest.” Sister Janet wrote “WOW!” on her birthday card.

 

 

Sister Paschal asked that the many birthday balloons be left on her wheelchair where she could see them. She enjoyed two helpings of French vanilla ice cream and requested birthday cake. At 104, her requests are met.
 

 


Above: Sister Paschal received hugs from
Sister Paula Baker, Councilor, and
Sister Michele Anne Murphy, President,
Sisters of the Presentation.
 

New President and Council Elected in San Francisco


Presentation Sisters elected a new President and Council at their Chapter held in March.

Sister Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM will take office with her Council on July 1, 2016.   Sister Pam Chiesa, PBVM was elected Councilor and Vice President and Sister Paula Baker, PBVM and Sister Giovanna Campanella, PBVM were elected Councilors.  Their term is six years.

The Chapter also affirmed a Visionary Directional Statement to guide the work of the congregation over the next six years:

Led by the Spirit and inspired by the life and charism of Nano Nagle, we are Presentation women filled with hope, rooted in contemplative consciousness, and committed to the primacy of relationship.  We acknowledge the challenge of our reality as a smaller, older community with limited resources and commit to addressing these challenges with a sense of urgency.  We

continue our commitment to participate in the universal mission of Jesus Christ and to follow Nano’s exhortation to love one another and to spend ourselves for the poor.

In the light of this commitment we call ourselves to…

        Envision a new future through growth in communal contemplative prayer and dialogue

        Foster dynamic engagement in every stage of our lives

        Steward our limited resources wisely in the on-going care of members and for supporting our mission and legacy

        Intensify efforts to care for those made poor and to care for our Earth community

        Utilize a collaborative mode as our way of being in community and ministry and in all our structures of leadership


Taking office July 1, 2016 will be (from left to
right sitting) Sister Michele Anne Murphy, President, Sister Pam Chiesa,
Vice President, (from left to right
 standing) Sister Giovanna Campanella, Councilor,
and Sister Paula Baker, Councilor.



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Presentation 160th Anniversary Newsletters and Video

The Sisters of the Presentation invite you to share in their joy of marking their 160th Anniversary of their arrival in San Francisco, California. Former 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 here: Presentation Roots Newsletters.

160th Anniversary Video


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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Presentation Sisters Celebrate Jubilees

Seven Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees to mark significant milestones in their lives as women religious
at a community celebration on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos.

Sister Ellen Cafferty, PBVM, (Religious name Sister Mary Mildred) celebrates her Diamond Jubilee marking sixty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on July 3, 1955. Sister Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of San Francisco. Her early ministry was in Catholic education, including from 1958 to 1965, at Saint Anne School, in San Francisco, also at Saint Patrick and Saint Christopher schools in San Jose. Much of Sister Ellen’s ministry has been in the foreign missions. Beginning in 1965, in Ocosingo, Chiapas where she ministered for twenty-one years to the Tzeltal people as a coordinator for Catechetics and a Member of the Parish Pastoral Team. In 1987, Sister Ellen became part of the San Francisco Network Ministries team in the Tenderloin.  From 1991 to 2015, near Guatemala City, Sister Ellen became a Pastoral Team Member in the Parroquia Jesus Nipalakin (Jesus Walks With Us) in Las Margaritas and surrounding settlements.  In 2014, Sister Ellen testified at the 13th Conference of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in the United Nations.

Sister Bernice Gotelli, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Benedict) celebrates her Diamond Jubilee marking sixty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on July 3, 1955. Sister Bernice received an extensive clinical pastoral education at Saint Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Francisco and her Master degree in Religious Education from Seattle University. She also holds certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. For the past twenty-six years, Sister Bernice has been the sole chaplain at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She works with critically ill and dying children throughout the 100-year-old hospital, as well as following through with their families. She is a member of the hospital’s Medical Ethics and Palliative Care committees.  Prior to this ministry, Sister Bernice taught in Catholic elementary schools at Saint Agnes, Cathedral Presentation and Saint Teresa in San Francisco. From 1977 to 1984, she also served as a parish staff member at Saint Teresa Parish in San Francisco and at Holy Trinity and Saint Patrick in San Jose. Sister Bernice was the 2015 Class Commencement Speaker on May 23, 2015, at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST). During the event, she received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from JST.

 


Celebrating their jubilees in the Chapel of the Presentation
Retreat Center in Los Gatos; in the back row (from left to right)
are Sister Ellen Cafferty, PBVM, Sister Maria Griego, PBVM,
Sister Darlene Terry, PBVM, and Sister Pamela Chiesa, PBVM;
and in the front row (from left to right are Sister Bernice Gotelli,
PBVM, Sister Kathleen Sickly, PBVM, and Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM.

 
Sister Maria Griego, PBVM,
celebrates her Golden Jubilee marking fifty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on September 1, 1965. Sister Maria earned a Liberal Studies degree from San Jose State University. Sister Maria’s ministry has been in Catholic elementary education for forty-five years.  From 1971 to 1974 and from 1978 to 1980, Sister Maria was a first and second grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Los Angeles. From 1975 to 1978, she taught second grade at Saint Benedict School, Montebello. Sister Maria did parish work including, the instruction of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) in 1968 and 1969 at Saint Anthony in Pecos, New Mexico.  In 1981, Sister Maria returned to teach second grade at Saint Patrick School in San Jose. Since 1985, Sister Maria has been a staff member at Saint John Vianney School in San Jose, where she taught second and kindergarten and is now the Religion Coordinator for the school.

Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM, celebrates her Golden Jubilee marking fifty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on September 1, 1965. Sister Gloria earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of San Francisco, Master of Arts in counseling and guidance from Antioch College/Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas, Bachelor of Applied Theology and an Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of Salamanca, Spain, and Doctorate in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. During the 1970s, Sister Gloria taught social studies and religion at Presentation High School, San Jose, then served as pastoral associate at Saint Catherine Parish, Morgan Hill. From 1980 to 1985, Sister Gloria was the Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose. From 1986 to 1990, she was adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University, Madrid campus, while pursuing her studies at the University of Salamanca.  From 1992 to 2013, Sister Gloria was an adjunct professor in theology and Hispanic ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. During these years, Sister Gloria also served two terms on the leadership team of the Sisters of the Presentation, one from 1994 to 1998, and the second from 2004 to 2010. In 2014, Sister Gloria was named Vicar for Religious and Liaison for Human Trafficking for the Diocese of Monterey.

Sister Darlene Terry, PBVM, ( religious name Sister Mary Maureen) celebrates her Golden Jubilee marking fifty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on September 1, 1965. Sister Darlene earned a Bachelor of Arts, from California State University, San Jose, a Master of Arts in education from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Science in psychology from Mount Saint Mary College, Los Angeles.  Sister Darlene began her ministry years as a Catholic elementary educator in 1970. She taught at Saint Patrick and Saint John Vianney schools in San Jose.  In 1975, Sister Darlene became principal of Saint Catherine School, Morgan Hill. From 1977 to 1985, she returned to her own elementary school, Saint Benedict’s in Montebello to serve as principal for eight years. Sister Darlene also served as principal from 1986 to 1987 at Saint Raymond School in Downey; from 1987 to 1988, at Saint Pius X High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  From 1988 to 1992, Sister Darlene moved into parish work as youth minister at Saint John of God parish, Norwalk; and from 1992 to 2004, at Saint Margaret Mary parish in Chino. After receiving her Master of Science in Counseling, Sister Darlene ministered with Catholic Charities in their Marriage and Family Therapy Program from 1998 to 2010.  Sister Darlene currently serves as Congregational Secretary.

Sister Pamela Chiesa, PBVM, celebrates her Ruby Jubilee marking forty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on September 1, 1975. Sister 12Pam earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Jose State University, a Master of Arts in Theology at Seattle University, and a Master in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. In 1980, Sister Pam began her ministry as a Catholic high school teacher at Presentation High School, San Jose. She taught at Presentation High School, San Jose from 1980 to 1985 and returned from 2002 to 2004. She also taught from 1986 to 1991 at Presentation High School, San Francisco. In 1990 and 1994, Sister Pam was elected as a Council member for the Sisters of the Presentation. Sister Pam served in Congregational leadership for two leadership terms as a Councilor and as Congregational Treasurer for four of those years.  In 2004, Sister Pam was elected President of the Sisters of the Presentation and served in that role for six years. She was an administrator at Presentation Center in Los Gatos from 1999 to 2002.  Sister Pam is currently, a Senior Consultant at Brenner, McDonagh and Tortolani.

Sister Kathleen Sickly, PBVM, celebrates her Ruby Jubilee marking forty years from her Entrance into the Congregation on September 1, 1975. Sister Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and an elementary teaching credential from California State University, San Francisco and taught in the Merced city school district. From 1978 to 1984, Sister Kathleen taught at Saint Agnes School, San Francisco. In 1985, she completed the clinical pastoral education program at Saint Mary Hospital, San Francisco. Beginning in 1985, she served as a staff chaplain at Saint Mary’s for fourteen years. She also holds certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. From 1999 to 2004, Sister Kathleen served as Formation Director for the Sisters of the Presentation. After a brief period working for hospice in the Santa Clara area, Sister Kathleen returned to ministry with her Presentation Sisters, serving as a Coordinator, which she continues as her current ministry.  


Sisters Celebrate Jubilees


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.

 


Several family members attended Sister Eileen Canelo’s
Jubilee. Featured here from left to right are her nieces,
Katherine Canelo and Christine Canelo and her nephew,
Deacon Kelly Canelo who assisted in her Jubilee Mass.
 
 


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.


Sister Paschal turned 103!

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

Last year, when we celebrated Sister Paschal Elvin's birthday a few days early, she remarked, ever quick wit, “I am 101, plus 363 days. My birthday is next Sunday, February 22, 2015!”

This year like last year, more than thirty Sisters came for cake and ice cream to mark her 103rd birthday! Sister after Sister shared a memory or a story.

Sister Sylvia Llerena told Sister Paschal that 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!”

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
celebrated her 103rd birthday
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 103, Sister Paschal said, “By being a good Sister of the Presentation!”
 

 




 

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco
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Mission Statement
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.

Join the Legacy of Sisters of the Presentation of San Francisco.

November 13, 1854, Five Sisters of the Presentation travel from their native Ireland to establish a foundation in San Francisco, California. Read more in With Hearts of Oak see our Store.

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 see our Store.

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.

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, Tax ID #94-2209052


 

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco
Enhancing lives in countless ways. A continuing presence in times of need since 1854.
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2009-2013, The Sisters of the Presentation are featured in WOMEN & SPIRIT: Catholic Sisters in America sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The traveling exhibit had a stop at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. where it was recognized by the United States Congress. It received numerous accolades and awards along the way, including a proclamation from the California Assembly.

 November 12, 2011, Plaque dedication ceremony honors the presence and role of the Sisters of the Presentation in the educational history of the city of Berkeley.

 January 14, 2012, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Pedro dedicated the Fireside Room of its Parish Center in honor of the Sisters of the Presentation of San Francisco.

 January 2013, the Sisters of the Presentation commit to working on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Stopping Human Trafficking.

 In November 2014, the Sisters of the Presentation will mark their 160th Anniversary of their arrival in San Francisco, California and serving the needs of the Bay Area. The Sisters of the Presentation continue to partner with the community to promote the Gospel’s Justice Issues of Peace and Caring for God’s Earth and to directly help those made poor locally and globally.

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Who Are Sisters of the Presentation?


Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, trace their history from the five founding sisters who came from Ireland at the request of Bishop Joseph Alemany in 1854.
They came to teach Irish immigrants pouring into California as a result of the Gold Rush and California becoming a state.

Leading the way around the Bay. Dynamic communities... our many outstanding organizations around the Bay.
Enhancing our lives in countless ways. A continuing presence in times of need since 1854.

To learn more read With Hearts of Oak, Sister Rose Forest, PBVM. It is available for $30.00 at our shopping cart at our Store. This publication is great anyone who loves the history of San Francisco and Sisters of the Presentation.

Sisters of the Presentation were founded in Cork, Ireland in 1775 by Nano Nagle and now serve the people of God throughout the world.

You can learn more about our amazing foundress of Sisters of the Presentation by reading One Pace Beyond.  It is available for $15.00 at our shopping cart at our Store. 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!

Learn more about Sisters of the Presentation, by reading Presentation Women, A Legacy of Vision, Faith, and Service.

This Biography Book is available for $45.00 at our shopping cart at our Store.  This publication chronicles the lives of every Presentation Sister from 1854 to 2004. Enjoy discovering the personalities and personal stories of the women who became Sisters of the Presentation of San Francisco.

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