Motto The motto inscribed on the Nagle family’s coat of arms is Non Vox Sed Votum, Not Words But Deeds. It sums up more than two hundred years of active service, the legacy of Presentation Sisters throughout the world. Wherever our Sisters went, they opened schools, hospitals, orphanages, and places of refuge for the poor and powerless.
Our Beginnings The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary were founded in Ireland in 1775 by Nano Nagle. She felt she was called by God to bring the light of faith to the poor children of Cork. The Penal Laws of the time forbade any form of Catholic instruction in Ireland, but Nano Nagle was willing to risk imprisonment and disgrace for the sake of the Gospel. Visiting the sick and homebound by night along Cork’s cobbled streets, she became known as the “Lady With the Lantern”. In time she gathered other women to form a new society of women religious dedicated to the service of the poor. Nano Nagle’s small band of women, originally named the Society of Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, later became known as the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.