Vocation comes from the Latin vocare which means to call and the word vox voice. Someone, using his voice calls us: we hear the voice, we listen to the call and then we respond. So vocation is the call by God to each of us from our baptism to love and serve Him.
The question is HOW? We are all called to holiness. There are three calls:
Nano Nagle, who walked the streets of Cork 200 years ago, still inspires her daughters, the Sisters of the Presentation, to act for and with the oppressed of our world and to care for Earth. She established the congregation in Cork, Ireland on Christmas Eve, 1775 and it spread quickly.
Nano once said, “If I could be of service in saving souls in any part of the world, I would willingly do all in my power to respond.”
Today we are part of a worldwide network of 2,900 Presentation Sisters and Associates working in 23 countries.
WOMEN OF PRAYER.
WOMEN IN COMMUNITY.
WOMEN FOR MISSION.
"We realize the need for deep personal prayer to nurture our relationship with God and with others…
We value prayer in common as an expression of our dependence on God and on one another…
We strive to be women committed to the values of compassion, mercy, justice and love."
(Constitutions Nº 22, 24, 26)
"In our community, as apostolic women religious, we struggle to balance being for and with each other with the demands of ministry and personal obligations. We provide one another with mutual support and encouragement while respecting our human limitations and differences. Our life in common is characterized by prayer, simplicity, joy, hospitality, respect and honesty."
(Constitutions Nº 30, 31)
"Formed by the charism of Nano Nagle, we engage in ministries which enable us to give witness to the compassion and justice of Jesus toward those who are poor and oppressed. We minister primarily in education, health and pastoral care, and social concerns in order to promote the gospel values of charity, human dignity, freedom and justice."
(Constitutions Nº 32)
If you are interested in learning more about us please contact:
Sister Laura Urbano, PBVM
St. Francis Convent
153 Benkard Avenue
Newburgh, New York 12550
Facebook: Presentation Vocation Ministry
Take a moment to appreciate that you have been called by God. A call needs a response. YOU were called in your baptism to be a disciple, to be a missionary, to spread the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are called now to love and to serve. How will you love God and his people? How will you serve God and his people? How will you love out your call. Every call needs a response.
Our Foundress Nano Nagle heard the call and responded wholeheartedly. Below is a video made by the PBVMs of Ireland, showing how Nano started the Presentation Sisters in 1775. She is the Lady of the Lantern.