The Resident Community at Nano Nagle Place

Three Presentation Sisters are now in residence at Nano Nagle Place where they (1) provide a warm place of hospitality and welcome (2) deepen heart-centred spirituality (3) share reflections on the life and legacy of Nano Nagle and (4) explore ways to deepen love and respect for earth, our Common Home.

Spirituality & Wellbeing

‘It gives me and our sisters the greatest of pleasure to hear that you are in a good state of health’

– Nano Nagle

At Nano Nagle Place we want to make space for people to flourish and be well, whether that be physically, mentally or spiritually. Nano Nagle Place is a special place to connect with yourself, with nature and with the divine … whatever that might be for you.

The Spirituality Team is run by the Resident Presentation Sisters, Srs Mary, Prema and Sheila. The Spirituality Team have had huge success during the pandemic, connecting to over 200 participants from Canada, Ecuador, England, India, Ireland, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you are interested in taking part in the Spirituality Programme, contact

A Storied History

When Sr. Mary Kealy finished her secondary education, she joined the Presentation Sisters in Wexford and was assigned to teach in St. John Elementary School in Gulfport, Mississippi after her First Profession. Thirty years later and greatly enriched by her years in education, she assumed the ministry of Pastoral Associate in St. John Parish. The work of Faith Formation, Sacramental Preparation, Hospital and Homebound Visitation provided her with great fulfillment and lots of challenges but at the request of her Congregation, Mary joined the resident community at Nano Nagle Place on October 7, 2019.

On November 5, 2020, Sr. Prema Antony came from our Zambian Mission, where she had served since 1990. There, she was involved in teaching, Training for Transformation, Training for Justice Ministry and group facilitation work. She had also represented our Congregation at the United Nations.

Sr. Sheila Reen arrived in Nano Nagle Place on November 16, 2020. She had entered the novitiate in Tralee, Co. Kerry and had spent her entire Religious Life serving the people of Southern California. She worked as a classroom teacher, school administrator and in more recent years, as a pastoral minister to the sick and homebound. She loved her work but her Congregation saw a need for another Sister at Nano Nagle Place and invited her to return to Ireland. In November, she left the place that was home to her for over fifty years, and she is now part of the resident community.

The Sisters have spent the last few months adjusting to life in Ireland and familiarizing themselves with their new home and community. During Covid-19 the Sisters connected with international communities online through rituals and virtual gatherings. They also look forward to welcoming visitors to Nano Nagle Place as they walk in the footsteps and pray at the tomb of the woman who made a positive different  in the lives of so many people.

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