Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Speak Out Against Racism
We, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with all who have lost loved ones to similar expressions of violence. The killing of black men and women, other people of color, and the denial of the respect and dignity they should receive, must end now.
We, therefore, give voice to the condemnation of all forms of racism, prejudice, and violence. We support peaceful demonstrations, protests, efforts and works promoting justice and peace to eliminate the structures and behaviors which prompt racism and prejudice in ourselves and in our nation.
We, as a Community of Women Religious, are committed to promoting respect and dignity of all people, and pledge ourselves and our prayers to confronting racism and prejudice on all levels, while calling on God’s healing grace.
Social Justice Actions
Following the exhortation of our foundress, Nano Nagle, to love one another and to spend ourselves for the poor, Presentation Sisters are committed to and actively engaged in the following Social Justice Actions: Ending Human Trafficking, Combating Climate Change, and Advocating for Immigrant & Ethnic Communities.
Our call as women religious in these times includes intentionally staying attentive to the deeper invitations that the Coronavirus Pandemic is raising. To assist with this, each Monday throughout the crisis, the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR) plan to post a simple reflection that will pose some questions intended to help us be conscious of the transformation occurring within ourselves, our communities, the nation and the global community as we live through this crisis. We encourage all women religious, as well as our associates, colleagues, and friends to spend time with the questions – individually and, where possible, in contemplative dialogues with others. Click here to view and download this important series of reflections.
Often in life, people need the support of others. Our older sisters pray for others as their ministry. If you have a personal need, special request, or other prayer intention for which you would like the Sisters of the Presentation to pray, please click on the button below to submit a request for prayers, intentions or a chapel enrollment to have the sisters join you in prayer for an occasion or through a time of sadness.
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UPDATE - The Golden Girls of Our Lady of Loretto High School, Los Angeles, Luncheon
The Golden Girls of Our Lady of Loretto High School, Los Angeles, Luncheon at Quiet Cannon, Montebello, CA on Saturday, October 17, 2020, has been canceled this year. The Golden Girls will hold their 40th Year Luncheon celebration in 2021.
As with so many celebrations and events during this unprecedented year, the 2020 jubilee celebration that Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, had planned to commemorate the four remarkable sisters reaching milestones was postponed. We still honor and are thankful for their years of ministry, friendship and religious life.
Please join us in recognizing Sister Patricia (Pati) Reinhart’s golden jubilee from entrance, August 24, 1970; Sister Margaret Webster’s jubilee of grace from entrance, January 5, 1950; Sister Janet Harris’ jubilee of grace from profession, April 10, 1950; and Sister Bernard Joseph George’s jubilee of grace from profession, July 15, 1950.
Sister Patricia shares other moments where people found hope amidst challenges. We learn of Sister Margaret’s ministry that led her to travel far and wide and meet many people who impacted her life. Sister Janet’s incredible commitment to teenagers in an area where gangs are a reality for youth was chronicled in O Magazine. Sister Bernard’s ministry brought her the opportunity to live with other Presentation Sisters from the US Unit of the Union, creating a lasting bond.
CONTINUING THE DAY LABORER PROGRAM DURING THE PANDEMIC
For almost twenty-one years we have been able to serve breakfast to the vulnerable population of day laborers in San Francisco, and as with everything else, we could not have done it without the support of others. When the virus broke out and we were asked to keep our distance, we decided to make sandwiches, add fruit, cookies and drinks and serve the food safely housed in bags to be given out from the trunk of the car in front of Saint Anthony’s Parish Hall in the hard hit Mission District. Learn more.
SISTERS SHOW APPRECIATION TO HEALTH CARE & FRONTLINE WORKERS
While sheltering in place the Motherhouse Sisters have joined other San Franciscans throughout the city in showing appreciation to health care and frontline workers through participating in the following actions. Keep reading.