Venerable Nano Nagle Gathering

The 31st of October last year was an historic day in the history of the Presentation Sisters with the announcement by Pope Francis that Nano Nagle who founded the congregation in 1775 was to be made Venerable. This means that Nano is now on the second step of a four stage process to becoming a Saint.

With the first anniversary of that announcement approaching Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise hosted a special Nagle gathering on Saturday last, October 11th. The special event brought together a huge number of people who work in a variety of ministries associated with the Presentation Sisters including representatives from a number of CEIST schools.

The day began with a special opening ritual which involved all assembled in a special movement which was symbolic of the passing on of Nano's legacy and how it lives on today and our responsibility to ensure it continues on into the future.

In her opening address congregational leader Sr. Mary Deane remarked on how Nano's charism with emphasis on the poor and disadvantaged is just as important now as it was when she founded the congregation. She noted how the spark of Nano had spread from the four corners of Ireland to the five continents. Aptly the theme of the special gathering was 'We strive to be people that hold the spark that ignites the fire in self and others'.

The day was broken up into three main parts. Following the opening session there were a choice of workshops on a number of themes ranging from Dance Meditation to Global Justice. After lunch there was a 'World Cafe Conversation' and a fruitful discussion around the 'What and How' of moving forward with Nano's legacy.

Af the conclusion of the day filled event participants praised the organising committee as well school Principal Helen O' Donnell for hosting a day filled a day for reconnecting, reminiscing and reflecting.


Pictured above the entrance to school which greeted guests at the conference.