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International Presentation Association (IPA) Assembly

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03/11/2017

Our warmest congratulations to all involved in making the 2017 International Presentation Association (IPA) Assembly such a tremendous success. It took place at the Mary Mackillop Place, Sydney, Australia from 24 – 30 September 2017. 

The IPA is made up of the three groups – namely, the Conference of Presentation Sisters (North America), the Society of Presentation Sisters (Australia and Papua New Guinea) and the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (rest of the world where there are Presentation Sisters). 

 In attendance there were 75 Presentations Sisters and lay delegates from 18 countries – USA, Australia, Ireland, Ecuador, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, England, Isreal, New Zealand, Canada, the West Indies, Pakistan, the Philippines, Slovakia and Thailand. 

The theme of this Assembly was “Our feet know the way...our hearts carry the light” and this theme ran through the gathering from beginning to end. 

Sr Marlett Black PBVM, from the Society of Presentation Sisters, Australia shares her sense of what the IPA means to the Sisters in Australia and Papua New Guinea:

“As members of the Society of Presentation Sisters we have come to realise that we are not just citizens of Australia and Papua New Guinea, we are global citizens with global responsibilities. Belonging to a group like Presentation Sisters gives us an effective way to carry out those global responsibilities.” 

You can hear more from Sr Marlett and the Sisters in Australia and Papua New Guinea by clicking on the following link:

http://internationalpresentationassociation.org/

Sr Mary Deane PBVM, Congregational Leader, shares with us her experience of the Assembly 

What stays with me from the IPA Assembly is the energy, joy, life and hope that was generated from all the sharing, listening, searching and praying together as well as the laughter, fun and sense of oneness. We experienced the warm Aussie hospitality and generosity and are grateful to so many people who contributed to making the Assembly such a memorable event. 

There was a great sense of Nano’s charism and spirit alive as we acknowledged the power of presence, shared our stories of reaching out in faith, love and compassion to people and Earth made poor; and how we are making a difference in real and practical ways in the various contexts where we live. Also this was woven throughout the Assembly, as was the contemplative way of being and working together that was ably and creatively facilitated by Srs Marlette Black and Anne Lane. We were also assisted by the liturgy group and the beautiful reflections from the Listeners. 

As part of her input, Sr Shalini Mulackal PBVM (India: North Unit), explored the theme “Where have you come from and where are you going”? (based on the question of the angel to Hagar, Gen 16:7-8). Reflecting on our journey as the IPA, acknowledging our rootedness in the Gospel and the charism of Nano Nagle, we affirmed that the mission of the IPA is to speak and act in partnership with others for global justice from a contemplative stance in a spirit of oneness with the whole of creation.

One way of doing this, as named in our new IPA 2017 Commitment, is to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) within a human rights framework; as a way of addresing the issues of women and children, care of earth and indigenous people – as relevant to our local regions. 

Prior to the Assembly, the reflection by the Presentation Family on the Research Report by Dr David Rose, Consultant, and the feedback on this, resulted in a number of proposals in relation to the future structure and governance of the IPA. This led to the decision to establish a Task Group to determine the appropriate organisational structure for the IPA to achieve its mission. We also decided to set up an Advisory Group to work with the Leadership Team of the IPA in helping to further the global mission.

In setting our direction as we move forward, we call ourselves as Presentation People to embody the compassion of Jesus and Nano. To practice non-violence of mind and heart as we listen into the chaos and feel the pain of our time. We find strength in connectedness trusting that our feet know the way and our hearts carry the light. 

To read more on the Mission of the IPA and the Direction Statement 2017, just click on the following link:

http://www.pbvm.org/our-mission/ipa/ 

Shane Clarke, CEO at Nano Nagle Place, Cork, also attended and shares his experience.

On Wednesday 27th October I had the pleasure of presenting to the IPA Conference on the topic of the ‘Transformation of Nano Nagle Place, Cork’. That the presentation occurred exactly a year to the day since my taking up the role of CEO was particularly appropriate. A central mission of Nano Nagle Place is to celebrate and bring alive Nano Nagle’s educational, community inclusion and spiritual vision for a contemporary world and in this it shares much with the IPA and the Presentation Community around the globe. 

It was a joy to meet so many interesting people from all four corners of the earth. My table, for example, had representatives from Australia, India, Pakistan, the United States and Zimbabwe. A challenging, thought provoking, interesting and invigorating week for all those that attended. I and the team look forward to welcoming all those who attended the conference and their wider communities to Cork and Nano Nagle Place over the coming years. 

 

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