As our Brigidine Tradition becomes one with the Traditions of the Presentation Sisters we endeavor to learn more about the role of Nano Nagle, as a woman of great courage and a woman of the Cross. In 1775, Nano Nagle and three similarly inspired women founded a religious community in Cork in Ireland, to continue Nano’s work in education and outreach.
The community later became known as the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (pbvm). Nano had earlier established secret schools for poor children in Cork, at a time in Ireland when access to Catholic education and employment was limited by the penal laws. Her hope was that education would enable the children to engage more fully with life. In addition to her schools, Nano visited the sick and elderly in their homes, often by lantern light, offering loving, practical care and comfort. This was a unique and dangerous thing to do.
As our journey unfolds as a Kildare Ministries school we will work to engender the values of Nano Nagle.