Presentation Sisters

Presentation Sisters


  • Sr Terry and children planting at the Garden of Oneness in Zambia
  • Sr Shalini marching for the poor and marginalised in New Delhi, India
  • Sr Teresa helping a patient in a local hospital in Nuneaton, England

Launch of Tercentenary in Mongu, Zambia

The Presentation Sisters in Mongu, Srs Cathy Crawford, Stella Bourke and Numba Mukeya together with the Friends of Nano, began their preparations to commemorate the 300 years of the birth of Nano by replicating what she did on 24 December 1777 in Cork, Ireland on the anniversary of Founding Day of the Presentation Sisters. Nano Nagle was selfless, full of love and faith, love for the young, the elderly, the poor and the vulnerable. She had love for the most needy in society. 

Preparations began in August last, as the Sisters and Friends of Nano had to fundraise for the event. They invited fifty elderly, vulnerable people from their local area around Malengwa to Christmas dinner. This number expanded way beyond fifty and they were happy to feed all who arrived on the day. It was wonderful to see the happy smiles on the faces of all. Sr Numba told the story of Nano and the people were clearly moved. There was lots of singing, dancing and sharing of stories. 

’Live for Others’

Those present learned a very big lesson that day – that it was important to live for others. The Sisters and Friends of Nano did not only feed the people that day but also gave them a hamper of food to take home to help feed themselves and their families for two to three days. In the past they had been inviting 25 people for Christmas so it was wonderful for them to be able to feed so many. 

The Friends of Nano in Mongu are a very active group who reach out to vulnerable people and especially children. They pay school fees, buy uniforms and books for school going children. At times, they try to provide simple shelters for the neediest elderly people – inspired by Nano Nagle. Founder of the Presentation Sisters, who built a home and cared for the poor elderly women in Cork who had no one to look after them. 

The community in Mongo thank Nano Nagle and the family of Presentation Sisters and Friends of Nano worldwide and pray that the Lantern Light of Faith, Hope and Love will continue to shine in all of our lives. 

Submitted by: Mr P Tembo, Friend of Nano, Zambia