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

Icon of Nano, written by Sr Julie Watson, PBVM

This image was written by Sr Julie Watson, PBVM

Julie speaks about what inspired her to write the icon;

“I felt drawn to write an icon of Nano based on the etching by David Turner. I began this great adventure under the guidance of the Romanian Iconographer, Mihai Cucu. The more I became immersed in allowing Nano, in the etching, to speak to me the deeper I became aware of Nano’s great desire to empower those around her through the great gift of education. In sharing the great gift of literacy Nano gave the young lady in the icon a voice of her own... Nano would not have known where that empowerment would lead that young woman, but she believed that through education the Irish Catholics would find their voice. We today continue to be challenged to empower and facilitate others and bring the gift that we are, as Presentation Sisters, to the suffering and pain of our world. 

Nano did not restrict herself to the confines of the classroom. The window in the icon overlooking Cork Harbour called her and all of us who have followed her to move beyond the familiar, the comfortable and face the challenges on the margins, on the edges. The window symbolises that invitation today and beckons us forward as it beckoned Nano to roam the lanes and streets of Cork almost three hundred years ago.”