Social Justice Focus
Actions for Justice Here and Around the World
San Francisco Presentation Sisters, Associates and Ministry Co-workers strive in our justice endeavors to live and serve with the mind of Nano. We join all Presentation Sisters in the following endeavors.
The Justice Committee is composed of Sisters and Associates who meet monthly to discuss the works of justice in our various ministries and plan future actions and events. If you would like to receive updates and action alerts from the Justice Committee please contact Sister Pat Davis, Justice Committee Chair, at 415-422-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justice Action Alerts
Season of Creation
Justice Endeavors for this September month will come in email dispatches around the Season of Creation. Pope Francis has asked us for the past several years to hold the time September 1st to October 4th as special days for prayer and reflection about the care of our planet. Several materials will be posted during this period. Please check back frequently!
LCWR Call to Pray and Reflect Together on the 2020 Election
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply concerned about the state of our nation and the future of our democracy. We are facing one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes in a nation that is increasingly divided. As an organization, we, along with LCWR, are committed to using our voice in the public square to speak about matters of justice and moral good. We use this voice, as we have for decades, by advocating for justice and by speaking publicly about what we value, and the direction in which we want to see our nation move.
To assist in this endeavor LCWR has created an eight-week long experience, “A More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflections,” that includes a weekly reflection and a suggested action that you form contemplative dialogue on the questions provided with the sisters, associates, your coworkers, and others from your civic community who may represent a diversity of thought and opinion. Click here to download this week’s reflection, “Out of Many One.” Please share it as widely as you are able.
Sisters and Associates combat human trafficking by serving on diocesan committees and other organizations that offer workshops and educational opportunities for people to get involved, retreats for healing women, and a presence at Safe House in San Francisco. Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco is also a sponsoring member of the monthly “Stop Trafficking!” newsletter by the Salvatorian Sisters. Click here to read the latest issue.
If you would like to learn more about this issue and what you can do to help combat it please visit the following links:
The tragedy of Climate Change involves all of us as a key justice issue. We continue to work towards widespread systemic change and more sustainable living through self-education, community workshops, and online petition and letter-writing campaigns. Our Sisters in our Care Center are definitely making a difference. Recently 1000 petitions protesting an increased gas emission’s project made their way to the Livermore Lab.
To learn more about Climate Change and actions you can take please visit the following links:
Our tradition of advocacy for and ministry with immigrant families and their communities continues at our sponsored institution: The Lantern Center in San Francisco. It provides educational opportunities and outreach designed to empower low-income immigrant women and their families. Sisters and Associates also regularly participate in various rallies and marches for immigrant and human rights.
To learn more about issues impacting immigrant communities and ways you can help please visit the following links:
Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist
Additionally, Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM has been serving as an advisor to the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, an indigenous Guatemala Religious Community whose Mother House is located in San Andres Semetabaj, Solola, Guatemala since 1991.
The community was originally founded in 1975 by Sister Tonia Orland, a Sister of the Presentation. Madre Tonia pronounced her perpetual vows as a Missionary Sister of the Eucharist in 1995. She passed away on November 11, 2000.
Since that time the community has grown. The current membership is 36 Perpetually Vowed, 9 with Temporary Vows, 2 Novices, 5 Postulants and 4 Aspirants.The Sisters are Mayan and speak the languages of their people which makes it possible to serve the Church in the Highlands. They have 9 missions in Guatemala and 1 mission in Houston, Texas serving the homeless there.
One of their nine missions in Guatemala is their home for abandoned elderly women, Nueva Esperanza (New Hope). One of Sister Kathleen’s projects is to help with funding. The home is located high in the mountains outside Guatemala City. There are 6 sisters who serve and live there giving loving dignified cared to 17 elderly women who would have died alone in conditions of poverty or on the streets. The home is sustained solely by donations as there are no government resources for the poor elderly.
In 2001, three (3) of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, accompanied by Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM, accepted the invitation to serve the homeless at Magnifcat Houses in Houston, Texas. Sisters Cristina and Leocadia continue the development of their community’s foundation in the USA serving those most in need in Houston, Texas.
Empowering Those in Need
Nano’s spirit is also felt through our Sisters’ service at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland where homeless seniors are offered multiple services beyond meals including some housing and St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco where those in need are fed, clothed, healed and uplifted. Sisters and Associates also prepare and distribute lunches for day laborers through the Day Laborer program hosted at Saint Anthony Parish.
Additionally, our sponsored institution, Presentation High School in San Jose, has an ongoing schedule of outreach to various agencies that serve those in need and a yearly Lenten project that sends thousands of dollars to at risk communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The school also sponsors immersion trips that provide students with hands-on service opportunities working in a variety of settings including California’s farming areas, our ESL-Literacy Centers, local homeless centers and dining rooms, and rural communities in Nicaragua.
How You Can Help
Your financial support helps us continue our ministries and programs for those made poor.