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L-R Sisters Aurea Dias, Sharon Fagan, Julie Watson, Neneth Robledo and Anne McDermott


Sr Julie Watson, has been elected as the sixth leader of the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the period 2018 – 2024. Sr Julie was born in Youghal, Co Cork and has 2 sisters. She joined the Presentation Sisters in Fermoy in 1977. She trained as a Primary School Teacher and taught in Listowel, Co Kerry. She responded to the call to mission in 1988 and went to Pakistan, where she lived and ministered for 24 years, before being elected to the Congregational Leadership Team in 2012. 

The four members of the Congregational Leadership Team are Sisters Sharon Fagan, who has also been elected as Assistant Congregational Leader, Aurea Dias, Neneth Robledo and Anne McDermott. 

Sr Sharon was born in St John’s, Newfoundland and entered the Presentation Sisters in 1967. She has ministered in teaching elementary school and nursing as a community health nurse. She has also served as a member of the International Presentation Association (IPA) executive team. 

Sr Aurea, returned to live in North India in 2016 after 25 years in Zambia. She has moved into facilitation ministry – working with Presentation Sisters in South and North India Units, the Christian Brothers and the Missionaries of Christ Jesus. 

Sr Neneth is from a small island in the Philippines called Camotes Island. She joined the Presentation Sisters in 1996 after 6 years of teaching in the public schools. She has spent 7 years in Leadership Ministry in the Philippines and has worked in the school Nuestra Senora de las Nieves High School in Himamaylan City. 

Sr Anne returned to live in Ireland in 2014 after 28 years in Zambia. She moved into ministry in Mount Saint Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre. The international dimension of the congregation has been a source of life and energy for Sr Anne and her hope is to trust the unfolding mystery and allow ‘Life to live me’ (Brenda Peddigrew). 

Click here to read the article published in the Irish Times.