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 download this week’s reflection: 'Which Appointment Were You Born to Keep?'
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Loretto Friends of the Presentation Sisters Annual Luncheon - Update
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.
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. For the first two weeks, Presentation Sisters Anita Torres, Kathy Sickly, Lucia Lodolo, Sylvia Llerena and I made over two hundred peanut butter and jelly and cold cut and cheese sandwiches. Then came a very welcome call from Sister Rosina Conrotto asking if the Sisters in the Motherhouse could make the sandwiches every other week.
Twice a month now, the Sisters residing in the Motherhouse gather to make more than two hundred sandwiches to be shared with persons on the street in San Francisco who are without shelter. 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.
At noon on Saturday, April 25, 2020, Sisters stood on the front porch of the Motherhouse and joined all residents in San Francisco in singing the iconic song, “I left my Heart in San Francisco,” while Sister Joanne O’Shea, PBVM held a poster expressing gratitude that she copied from the daily newspaper. Read more.
Earlene Dutton Completes 20 Years as a Presentation Associate
On March 7, 2020, at their annual retreat at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, California, the Associates present honored Earlene Dutton on her 20-year anniversary as an Associate. Sr. Anita Torres, PBVM, invested her with a stole with the motto, Not Words, but Deeds. Everyone present had written her a special note. Rosalie Cabrera gathered them together and presented them to her (pictured). The group ended by singing the beautiful blessing for her. Keep reading.