The Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco sponsor three institutions in California: The Lantern Center for Hospitality and Education (La Linterna) in San Francisco, Learning and Loving Education Center in Morgan Hill, and Presentation High School in San Jose. Scroll down to learn more.

The Lantern Center

3106 Folsom Street, San Francisco, 94110

The Lantern Center offers hospitality, language classes and other supports for immigrant families. Adult volunteers teach English language Monday through Thursday mornings.  Computer classes and citizenship preparation are also available. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, teen volunteers run activities for children and families. Parents may join the activities or use this time for English practice and computer learning.  Access to computers is readily available.  View the 2019-2020 class schedule.

The Lantern is also a place where people know they can come to share their joys and troubles, find support and celebrate together. We often have food, clothing and other necessary items on hand to distribute to our families.  The Lantern works in collaboration with other organizations that offer resources and supports for our immigrant community. Click here to view photographs from classes, events and more!

If you would like to help please contact Kathleen Purcell, Director, at 415-401-7379 or kpurcell@pbvmsf.org to learn about current volunteer opportunities. Read more about the Lantern Center's programs in the latest issue of the Lantern Lore Newsletter!


Learning and Loving Education Center

16890 Church Street #16, Morgan Hill, CA, 95037

Established in 1994, the Learning and Loving Education Center was founded as a response to the need in the Morgan Hill community to empower immigrant women to learn English and encourage women to use their gifts and talents in building relationships among themselves, their families, and the community. (Morgan Hill is a city south of San Jose that is still agricultural but which is also now experiencing a house boom and becoming a bedroom community for the Silicon Valley)

The Center endeavors to work with women for change through education, and to support them in the process. Daytime classes strive to increase literacy, teach computer skills, improve and enrich the lives of the students empower women to achieve higher education and better jobs, improve health care, and improve self-esteem for a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Click on the button below to learn more about the Center and its upcoming classes and activities. 

Presentation High School

2281 Plummer Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95125

The roots of Presentation High School are deeply planted in the heritage and ministry of the Sisters of the Presentation. Strengthened and challenged by that heritage and dedicated to the ministry of secondary education, the Sisters of the Presentation responded to the needs of the rapidly growing and developing Santa Clara Valley.

In 1962, Presentation High School, a Catholic four year high school for young women, was opened. Built in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, the first seventy students graduated in 1966.

Since then, over 4,000 young women have benefited from the excellent education provided at Presentation High School and they have become productive, vital, and ethical members of their communities, work places, and families.

Click on the button below to learn more about Presentation High School and how you can support their mission.