History

History

December 25, 1775 – Nano Nagle Founds Presentation Order

The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary were founded by Nano Nagle in Cork, Ireland, for the purpose of educating poor children.


1833 – Presentation Sisters Expand into North America

Four pioneering sisters carried Nano Nagle’s vision and spirit to the shores of Newfoundland, the first Presentation congregation in North America.


1833 – 1890 Presentation Sisters Respond to Call in North America

Ten communities of Presentation Sisters were founded in North America over a 57-year period.


1952 – Invitation to Collaboration

Pope Pius XII invited the North American religious communities to converge at the University of Notre Dame, Inidiana, with the intention of encouraging stronger connections within and among them.


August 1953 – Beginning of Conference of Presentation Sisters

The Conference of Presentation Sisters began under the title of North American Conference. A meeting was held at Mount Loretto Motherhouse in Dubuque, Iowa and ten Presentation communities began to communicate on issues of ministry, spirituality and social justice.


May 17, 1981 – Meeting of Presentation Superiors General

Presentation Superiors General met in Rome to discuss ways to promote a worldwide concept of Presentation life and mission and to establish more visible links between Presentation Sisters throughout the world.


January 1984 – First International Assembly

Collaboration went beyond North America with the first international assembly of the Presentation Sisters in Melbourne, Australia.


1989 – The International Presentation Association is established

After many meetings and the establishment of a coordinating team, each congregation indicated their willingness to be a prt of the International Presentation Association. IPA was ritually established at a liturgy, prepared by the Indian Sisters and celebrated in every community on April 26.


September 1991 – First IPA Assembly is held in Perth, Australia

1997 – New Windsor Congregation Forms

Fitchburg, Mass. and Newburgh, NY congregations merged to create New Windsor Presentation Congregation.

With this merger, the Conference now consisted of eight congregations. Watervliet, NY chose not to belong to the Conference.


January 2002 – NAC Becomes CPS

North American Conference (NAC) became Conference of Presentation Sisters of North America (CPS). The new structure included executive director and executive team, consisting of three members of the Conference. Sister Monica Miller (San Francisco) served as executive director.


Summer/Fall 2004 – Collaborative Ministry

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The eight congregations of the Conference began a collaborative ministry project. The common values of living among the poor and living simply lent themselves to a collaborative ministry in New Orleans, Louisiana called Lantern Light.

The collaborative aspect of this ministry meant all the congregations shared funding responsibility and sisters serving in ministry there. Hurricane Katrina shifted some of the ministry focus, but the sisters were able to adjust their ministry presence to meet the immediate needs of the area.


June 29 to July2, 2006 – Convergence in St. Paul, Minnesota

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The Convergence gathering was held in St. Paul and brought together over 400 Presentation Sisters and their lay associates. Time was spent in meetings, prayer, music, conversations and general rejoicing.

The gathering ended with renewed enthusiasm and commitment to carry on the mission of Jesus as it was exemplified in the life of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Sisters. Over 125 recommendations for further collaboration were presented to the leaders of the Conference for consideration.


2008 – Executive Assistant Hired

The Conference added an executive assistant to support the executive team of the Conference. The leadership structure now includes a three-member executive team and the executive assistant.