Venerable Nano Nagle

October 31st 2013 will forever be remembered as an historic day in the story of the Presentation Sisters.

On this day during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the cause of Saints, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation to promulgate the decree that NanoNagle (1718-1784) foundress of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been bestowed the title of "Venerable".

This announcement means that Nano Nagle is on the second of four steps to Canonisation – being declared a saint.

We pay tribute to all those who have been involved in the process especially Sr. Lucy Troy PBVM and congratulate the Presentation Sisters on this wonderful but well deserved accomplishment.

We look forward to the celebrations and know the news will be greeted with great joy in many CEIST schools.

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God. Here in CEIST we recall the great legacy of Nano who inspired the likes of Catherine McCauley and Edmund Rice and are ever conscious of our responsibility to ensure that their values live on in our schools today.

These values have at their core care and compassion modeled on Jesus Christ.


Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Presentation Day 2013

Presentation Sisters and Friends of Nano, all over the world, celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple on the 21st November each year.

After Nano Nagle’s death the congregation was renamed and those closest to Nano chose the title of ‘The Congregation of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ because they knew that she had a great devotion to the ancient feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.

This feast is known in the East as ‘The entry of the Mother of God into the Temple’ and in the West as ‘The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary’.

The feast first emerged in the East and seems to be linked with the dedication of the basilica of St. Mary the New in Jerusalem, on 21st November 543.

By the second half of the seventh century it had come to be celebrated generally throughout Jerusalem and Constantinople. It appeared in the West around the fourteenth century.

Today Sisters, students, teachers, and friends of Nano in all the place of the world where Presentation is known celebrate this as their feast day.

Profile of Nano Nagle

In the face of fear, she chose to be daring,
In the face of anxiety, she chose to trust,
In the face of impossibility, she chose to begin.

To universal misery she proposed ministry to persons,
To ignorance, knowledge,
To disillusionment tenacity of purpose,
And to multiple vexations, singleness of heart.

Faced with failure, she held fast to hope,
Faced with death, she believed in a living future,
And programme for that future she gave in one word, LOVE.

                                             Raphael Consedine P.B.V.M.


Story of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters

Presentation College, Currylea, Tuam, Co. Galway very kindly shared the following presentation detailing the story of Nano Nagle and the Presenation Sisters. It contains some excellent images and informative material.

Nano Nagle Video


Other Resources

Presentation Sisters Union Website celebrating Presentation Day 2013.

Click here to view Irish Independent article about Nano Nagle.

Click here to view Nano Nagle resources in celebration of Presentation Day from the Archdiocese of Dublin Education Secretariat website.