Who We Are


Led by the Spirit and inspired by the life and charism of Nano Nagle, we are Presentation women. We work for justice and structural change in issues related to women and children, immigrants and ethnic communities, the environment and human rights. With our Associates, we reach out in faith, in a spirit of hospitality, compassion, and simplicity to all of creation.

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Call to Prayer and Action for Ukraine

The world is reeling from the news reports of Russia’s invasion of the people of Ukraine.  We can only imagine the fear in the hearts of so many children as they begin to witness the brutal effects of war and their parents’ fear also.

Our time now is to stand beside these people as we all struggle for peace.  It is not enough to watch the news reports.  There are opportunities to:

  • Gather to pray for peace in your communities, parishes, or with other groups
  • March in solidarity with the Ukrainians who are calling for an end to this horrific situation
  • Contact your representatives and urge them to speak out for Ukraine
  • Become more informed so your words move others to action.  Listen.
  • Support Ukrainian refugee efforts
  • Let us know if there is an action we can join or support

Our European Friends need our support as they prepare to welcome the Ukrainian people who are fleeing the war.  May their hearts be open.

Let us join with our families, friends, and communities in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of Ukraine as we pray together tonight and in the nights and days to come.

~February 24, 2022


New Leadership Team Elected

At our 18th General Chapter, held March 11-13, we elected a new leadership team. Elected were Sister Rosina Conrotto, President, and Sisters Pamela Chiesa, Judith Cunningham and Patricia Reinhart, Council.

The current Leadership Team, Sisters Michele Anne Murphy, President; Pamela Chiesa, Vice President; Paula Baker and Giovanna Campanella, Councilors, will continue in those positions through the end of their term, June 30, 2022.

The Congregation is grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers as we deliberated and made some important decisions. We will share more about Chapter in the coming months.

With loving gratitude,

~March, 2022

Come Join Our Team!


We are seeking a Life Enrichment Coordinator for our Motherhouse in San Francisco.

The Life Enrichment Coordinator (LEC) is responsible for organizing, scheduling, promoting, facilitating, directing, assessing and evaluating the activities and excursions for Sisters of the Presentation to enhance our residents’ independence and quality of life, in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the the organization. We offer a positive, inspiring, growth-oriented work environment. This position is part-time (20 hours per week). Learn more here!

Latest News

Jubilee Celebration for 15 Sisters!

Jubilee Celebration for 15 Sisters!

Anticipation of a happy occasion can be both exciting and excruciating. For fifteen Sisters waiting to mark a combined 930 years of being professed religious, it seemed that the day would never arrive, having been postponed for some twice already due to the...

Meet Executive Director John Kenyon

Meet Executive Director John Kenyon

Presentation Sisters, San Francisco, have announced the hiring of their first Executive Director, inaugurating a new model of leadership for the congregation. John Kenyon will direct the temporal business of the congregation, including mission advancement, human...

Meet Our Sisters

Meet Our Sisters

Meet our Sisters in these individual profiles, a brand new feature on our website! Each has a compelling story of origin, call to vocation as a Presentation Sister, and life spent in ministering with "not words, but deeds." New profiles are added regularly.

Presentation Sisters Statements and Positions

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Speaking Against Violence, Calling for Change

It is becoming apparent that 2021 will be remembered as one of the most contentious of our lives, with extraordinary divisiveness and lack of civil behavior contributing to an environment in which reports of violence are a persistent drumbeat. Peaceful protests, a hallmark of democratic society, and even ordinary public gatherings have become scenes of carnage so often that we are no longer surprised, let alone shocked, upon hearing of violent acts.

All forms of violence must be intolerable to all of us – parents, teachers, politicians, law enforcement, religious leaders, and every citizen. Violence cannot be the default means of conflict resolution, especially considering the apparent wide-spread, easy availability of guns. The stakes do not get any higher than this. The stories cannot become more painful. Something must change. Something different must start now.

We, Sisters of the Presentation, strongly encourage everyone reading this message to join us in prayerfully considering what we can do within our own circles of influence to take a significant stand against the normalization and prevalence of violence, to effect a turning toward peace: contacting our local, state, and national legislators; working with or supporting violence-prevention organizations; advocating for responsible gun ownership including national background checks; talking with friends about the issue and inviting them to step up also. Over this all we pray that the Prince of Peace will strengthen us in our desire for and work toward a growing culture of peace.

~December 8, 2021

Standing in Solidarity with AAPI Communities

As Sisters and Associates of Presentation-San Francisco, we stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities against hate and all forms of violence.  Therefore, we call all people to stand together with us and give voice and action in reverencing all life and deepening relationships.

Repair Our Democracy (LCWR Statement)

As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we stand with the other more than 1300 leaders of Catholic sisters nationwide as we make this statement:

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) joins with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness on January 6th in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress who courageously continued their service to the nation even amid the chaos.

In our increasingly divided nation, we renew our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union. We invite all people of good will to join us and we call on our elected leaders to point the way.

Sisters 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.

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Social Justice Focus

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. Learn more.

The Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) promising to work with the new administration to build a society worthy of the values to which our imperfect union aspires.

To read LCWR’s entire statement please click here: a public statement following the US national elections.

Prayer Ministry

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.

Upcoming Events

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Development Office, 415-422-5015 or development@pbvmsf.org.

Founders Club Event Postponed

November 2021
San Francisco, CA

To protect the health and safety of all, our 2021 celebration to thank Founders Club members was  postponed. All Founders Club members will be invited to attend a special thank you event in 2022 when it is safe to do so.