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Provincial Assembly - Newfoundland and Labrador



Shalini Mulakal from Delhi, India was the keynote speaker.  Other guests included Sr Shazia Lal, pbvm (Hilton Project) - Pakistan, Brian O’Toole (Justice Desk England and Ireland), Sr Judith Yeriem, pbvm - Papua New Guinea, Sr Majella Kelly, pbvm – Tasmania, Sr Elsa Muttathu, pbvm, India (UN NGO Representative) and Sr Elena Hoye, pbvm Dubuque IA (IPA Networker), Sr Joan O’Sullivan, Provincial USA Province of Union, Ms Mary Ann Greaney, (Friends of Nano) - New Zealand and Olivia Douglas (Presentation Person from Dominica, W.I.).

Their facilitator for the days was Kate Duval, SSND. 

The first evening began with the Cosmic Walk, led by Gerard Whitty, NL Associate and continued with a history of the International Presentation Association (IPA) by Majella Kelly, pbvm who has been present at IPA since the initial dreaming of it in 1984.  The only assembly she missed was the one in Killenard in 1995.  The evening closed with a social. 


One of their Sisters, Josephine Kennedy, died suddenly on the morning of June 26th, so the day began with

Sr Elsa Muttathu, pbvm and Mr Brian O’Toole

prayer and a remembering of Josephine.  Thereafter the day concentrated on IPA.  The session opened with a panel presentation on the IPA 2017 Assembly experience by the NL Delegates, Roisin Gannon, pbvm, Lois Greene, pbvm and Olivia Douglas (Dominica, W.I.) which was followed by an overview by Brian O’Toole.  All sessions were interspersed with Contemplative Dialogue.  The morning concluded with a presentation by Shalini.  In the afternoon Roisin moderated a panel of UN related events with Elena, Elsa and Shazia on the SDG’s and the Hilton Foundation Grant as central topics.   The day ended with Majella, as their “elder,” reading the IPA Commitment.

On 27 June the day was devoted to The Congregational Gathering (CG2018) and began with “Nano Aflame” composed by Sr Miriam Martin, pbvm especially for the Gathering.  Those present then listened to those who had been at the Gathering - Miriam, as Liturgist, Joan O’Sullivan as a USA Province Delegate, and Betty Rae, Sharon, Lois and Helen as NL Delegates.  They shared different aspects of the days in Cork (week 1) and the days at Emmaus in Dublin (weeks 2 and 3).  The common theme was the beauty of walking in Nano’s footsteps as an International, inter-generational and inter-cultural reality.

We heard again from Shalini and from Mary Ann Greaney of the International Friends of Nano movement.  Following this was a surprise visit from Nano Nagle Place via Emma Rooney.  She walked us cleverly through the new Nano Nagle Place with humor, pathos and beauty.  There was laughter and there were tears!

L-R Presentation Sisters Lois Greene, Sharon Fagan, Miriam Martin, Joan O’Sullivan,
Helen Martinez and Betty Rae Lee

The closing ritual acknowledged Sharon’s new position as Assistant Leader of the Congregational Leadership Team and blessed her as she leaves us to take up residence and ministry in Monasterevin, Co Kildare, Ireland.  Our days’ experience ended with Give Us Light for the Journey.

One of the greatest benefits of these post-Assembly gatherings is the privilege afforded the Sisters and Associates of mingling with Presentation People from across Union, Society and Conference for prayer, food and fun as they share their cultures. 

Submitted by: Sr Lois Greene, pbvm