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

Sustainable Development Goals


‘There can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B’

- Former United Nations Secretary-General,  Ban Ki-moon

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen aspirational "Global Goals” to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. They were spearheaded by the United Nations,  involving its 193 Member States as well as global civic society.

What can we do?
The UN  encourages all civic, non-governmental and faith-based organisations and congregations to support and work towards the goals. They include such aspirations as ending  poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, protecting our environment. Many of these have a synergy with Presentation work and missions worldwide and sit comfortably within the Presentation Charism.

Religious Communities as Partners for Development Co-operation:
"Without the involvement of the world's religions, we will not be able to meet the challenges the world is facing. A values-based development policy takes the contribution of religion seriously”.

 – German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2016

Presentation Response

The Congregational Coordinating Team for Doing Justice have prepared a resource booklet, Towards a Sustainable Community of Life  to be used in community and with associated groups.

The booklet can facilitate the Presentation Family in being a prophetic presence and voice locally, nationally and internationally to work in partnership with others in the pursuance of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.


Presentation Units worldwide are preparing Reflections on the SDGs. Click on the image to read about the Goal; click on the link to go to the Presentation Reflection:

End Poverty in All its Forms, Everywhere
Presentation Reflection  prepared by Sr. Fatima Rodrigo PBVM, Monasterevin:
Sustainable Development Goal 1



End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
Reflection prepared by Antony Tompkin, Presentation Associate, England
Sustainable Development Goal 2

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Many of the 17 SDGs have health-related targets. They are concerned about  global health, in the poorest as well as the high-income countries.

SDG 3 aims to follow on from the work carried out under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to continue reducing maternal and child mortality
and put an end to the three major pandemics: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. 

Countries now also commit to strengthening healthcare systems, including healthcare financing, universal health coverage, sexual and reproductive health, access to quality healthcare personnel, risk management, access to quality medicines and vaccines, and combating the various forms of pollution.
Reflection prepared by Sr. Rozie Younas PBVM, Pakistan 
Sustainable Development Goal 3


Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Reflection prepared by Maureen O’Connell, South West
Province, Ireland. 
Sustainable Development Goal 4


Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Reflection prepared by Libania Fernandes PBVM, India North
Sustainable Deverlopment Goal 5


Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Reflection prepared by Sr Ruth Coleman (Justice Contact) in consultation with others. PBVM Aotearoa, New Zealand:
 Sustainable Development Goal 6


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Native American wisdom suggests that we should use Earth’s resources with care for the  ‘7 generation’  i.e. seven generations into the future. At a global level we need to work towards a fairer way of sharing energy with people of every nation. We hear the phrase ‘Sustainable Development’ defined as a capacity, “to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”.
(Brundtland Report 1987

Reflection prepared by Srs. Flora Mary Arul Doss, Shanti Sahayam, Rabekka Selvaraj
and Lancia Rodrigues, South India Unit
Sustainable Development Goal 7


Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Reflection prepared by Sr. Helen Lenehan and Colleagues, Philippines Unit
Sustainable Development Goal 8


Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Basic infrastructure like railways, roads, information technologies, water systems, electrical power and sanitation are still scarce in almost all developing countries across the planet:
1.5 billion people cannot access reliable phone services. 6 billion others have difficulties accessing electricity ; 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation materials; 

One of the calls from our Congregational Gathering 2012 urges us . . .  to be immersed in the lives of the poor and marginalized people, who open us to the Mystery of Love and to be prophetic voices with them for the transformation of unjust systems locally and globally.

Reflection prepared by Srs. Emma Rooney, Lois Greene & Clo Martin Union of Presentation Sisters, Newfoundland and Labrador Unit 
Sustainable Development Goal 9


Reduce inequality within and among countries
Reflection prepared by Srs. Eileen Clear & Ann Hurley, Ireland South West Province Justice Commission.
Sustainable Development Goal 10


Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Cities and human settlements can be safe, prosperous, equitable and pleasant places to live. For many people, the chance to move to a city is a chance for a better life; improved income and lifestyle, more interesting employment, a more comfortable residence and ready access to modern amenities. 

Yet cities are also places of deep inequality and despair. New migrants can end up in overbuilt slums, poorly connected to public transport or essential services such as clean water. Life becomes dangerous and unhealthy, with many obstacles to gaining a secure foothold in the urban economy.

Reflection prepared By Sr Mary Ivers, Ecuador
Sustainable Development Goal 11

Sr Mary Ivers attended the recent ‘Habitat 111’ Conference in Quito where she joined over 50,000 other participants, who, with the United Nations, explored ambitious objectives for promoting safe, resilient and sustainable cities and strong communities into the futureRead Sr Mary Ivers’ account of HABITAT III here

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Improving quality of life without increasing the environmental burden.
To reduce our ecological footprint, we must urgently change the way we produce and consume goods. With increasing demand for energy, food and water, the earth is approaching its environmental limits.
However, there are opportunities to sell products that enhance health, improve safety and enable people to live more fulfilled lives. Remember, it is we the consumers who are the drivers of consumption.
Our Congregational Gathering 2012 calls us Presentation people to live sustainably and to use our resources for the promotion of justice peace and the integrity of creation.

Reflection prepared by Srs. Sharon Altendorf, Mary Margaret Mooney and Antonio Heaphy, USA
Sustainable Development Goal 12



Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Reflection prepared by Sr. Lynette Rodrigues, PBVM, Zambia
Sustainable Development Goal 13

Mary-Ann Greaney, a member of the International Presentation Lay Movement for Mission Co-ordinating Team, has written a chapter in Living in the Planet Earth, a book on Faith Communities and Ecology: 
Transforming minds and lives to act for Creation: The Presentations’ enduring presence on holy ground

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Reflection prepared by Srs. Salome and Jancy PBVM, Thailand 
Sustainable Development Goal 14


Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Reflection prepared by Sr Maureen O’Connell PBVM, Ireland: SW, using material received from Teresa Homan, Presentation Associate, New Zealand
Sustainable Development Goal 15

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Half of the world’s population live in high-risk and conflict-affected areas.  Peace and security is critical for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
SDG 16 is not just about ending wars and reducing the incidence of violence. It also focuses on drivers of conflict including access to justice, corruption and bribery, transparency, fundamental freedoms and participatory decision-making.
Peaceful and inclusive societies are as much a means as an end to achieving all the other goals.  Violent conflict and instability disrupt economies and societies. According to the UN Global Compact, in 2014 global economic losses due to violent conflict amounted to over US$9.8 trillion.

Reflection prepared by our Sisters in Palestine, Srs. Silvia, Shobha & Anna, Palestine
Sustainable Development Goal 16



Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Never have the nations of the world had so much to lose, or so much to gain. Together we shall save our planet, or together we shall perish in its flames.
                                                                                                          John F. Kennedy

What if its life-threatening symptoms (critical loss of biodiversity, climate change, global food supply, water supply, peak oil/energy, increasing conflict and terrorism, financial collapse ...) could impel the human species to choose to either evolve, through consciously adapting, or to carry on with ‘business as usual’ towards extinction?  

This final goal is fundamental. If we don’t achieve it, we won’t achieve any of the others. The global challenges of poverty, exclusion, hunger, gender inequality, climate change, pollution, conflict, will not be effectively addressed without our explicit and collective willingness to forge partnerships for action.
Flowing from our identity as Presentation women the mission of IPA is to channel our resources so that we can speak and act in partnership with others for global justice.

Reflection prepared by Maureen O’ Connell, South West Province, Ireland 
Sustainable Development Goal 17