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.
The Sisters come from varied backgrounds and have worked in different ministries.
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 fulfilment 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. They had plans to organize Prayer Rituals and Spiritual Gatherings but Covid 19 necessitated a change from having groups gather physically to virtual gatherings. However, it is their hope, as soon as health guidelines allow it, to offer times of prayer and reflection for those who seek spiritual nourishment. 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.
The South West Province was formed in 1976, following a number of Presentation Congregations coming together to form the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are currently 221 Sisters in the South West Province living and ministering in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and also in Slovakia and Dublin.
Sisters are involved in a variety of ministries including education, pastoral work, catechetical and faith formation health care, justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Many sisters are formally retired but continue to dedicate their time and energy and engage in much voluntary work in the local community including working with prisoners, homeless people, migrants and refugees.
Sisters in the South West province live in the following counties:
Cork, Kerry and Limerick
The Provincialate is in Cork, Ireland. Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org