Union: US Unit – Statue of Venerable Nano, Cypress, California

by the sisters of the Cypress community

The day began with bright sunshine and butterflies flying around. March 17, 2019, has gone down in the annals of the Cypress community to mark the rich heritage of Venerable Nano Nagle who was probably influenced by St. Patrick. In appreciation for the presence and ministry of the Presentation Sisters here in Cypress since 1963, a statue of Venerable Nano Nagle would grace the grounds of St. Irenaeus Church.

At the invitation of Father Binh Nguyen, administrator of St. Irenaeus Church, we participated at the 9.45 a.m. mass. The mass was presided by Bishop Kevin Vann, assisted by Father Binh, Father William and Father Frederick. The choir was excellent and the bishop was delighted with the rendition of the Londonderry air. During the mass the services of the sisters were acknowledged and the sisters were prayed for. It was wonderful that our sisters from other Presentation communities in Huntington Beach, Orange, Upland and Watts were invited. We were together in reserved pews!

After the mass we proceeded to the patio where, during a short prayer service, the statue of Venerable Nano Nagle was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Vann. Many parents and children took pictures with Nano’s statue.  Mrs. Monica Hayden, principal of the school, in conversation with one of the sisters said she would arrange for the students  to come and visit the statue. She also suggested that maybe the sisters could come and share Nano’s story. Another opportunity to make Nano Nagle known and loved.

There were doughnuts, coffee and green drinks (in honor of St. Patrick) for the parishioners while the sisters went to the rectory.  The hospitality and brunch were outstanding. The bishop joined us wearing a green cap, green jacket, green socks and green shoe laces. The priests also joined us for the brunch which was held in the back garden of the rectory.

We are grateful for the generosity and thoughtfulness of Father Binh Nguyen, the priests and the staff for the tribute paid to the Presentation Sisters past and present. Everything was very well organized. An enjoyable morning was had by all our sisters, one to be remembered in spirit and in the annals!