OUR SISTERS

The San Francisco Presentation community consists of 52 vowed members and 32 associates. Our primary mission is to the poor, which we manifest through a variety of ministries as fulfilled by our foundress Nano Nagle. Presentation women are committed to serving the poor in ministries of education, community outreach, pastoral care in hospitals and care centers, parish ministry, literacy programs, caregiving, foreign missions, immigration work, spiritual direction, prayer, social services, volunteer services and leadership. Presentation Sisters currently serve in the Archdioceses of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., and the Dioceses of  Oakland; San Jose; Monterey; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We live in small group residences, apartments, parish convents, and our Motherhouse, which provides special care for our elderly and infirm sisters.

You can learn more about the individual Sisters by reading Presentation Women a Legacy of Vision, Faith, and Service. This biographical book chronicles the lives of every Presentation Sister from 1854 – 2004. 

Meet Our Sisters 

Sister Joanna Bruno

As early as high school, Sister Joanna knew she wanted to be a nurse. The fact that the Sisters of the Presentation were a teaching order did not faze her desire to join them, and soon the doors opened before her to a lifelong career of nursing in rural Mexico and now in South Dakota. She quotes a favorite poet in explaining her desire for the mission field: “Take down your lantern and Go out! For need calls loudly in the winding lane.  And you must find Christ there.” (Raphael Consendine, PBVM). Learn more here.

 

Sister Ann Conlon

A member of the inaugural class of St. Elizabeth’s School in San Francisco, Sister Ann loved learning and eventually became a math teacher herself, in the mold of the Sisters who made such a strong impression on her. Her life has been marked by a tangible sense of God’s presence. Let us introduce you to this vibrant Sister!

 

Sister Rosina Conrotto

Sister Mary Rosina’s life is grounded in family – her loving birth family and her family of Presentation Sisters. Her early life in rural Gilroy gave way to teaching and leadership roles in San Francisco and San Jose. Sister Rosina served as congregational president from 1990-1980 and was recently elected to that role again, beginning in July, 2022. Learn more about Sister Rosina here.

 

Sister Kathleen Curtin

Sister Kathleen was a teacher, mostly in the Bay Area, for 18 years before her wish to go to Mexico as a missionary was granted. Over the ensuing 20 years she alternated work in California’s Central Valley, San Jose, and Guatemala. Her life is devoted to lifting up those who need a hand. Read her story, including mission photos, here.

 

Sister Eileen Diggins

To learn about Sister Jane’s life as a Presentation Sister, please read her entry in Presentation Women: A Legacy of Vision, Faith and Service.

 

 

Sister Bernard George 

To learn about Sister Bernard Joseph’s life as a Presentation Sister, please read her entry in Presentation Women: A Legacy of Vision, Faith and Service.”

 

 

Sister Teresa Gormally

When Teresa and her twin sister were born, the midwife proclaimed to their mother that the two girls would become nuns. And they did! In 1951 Sister Teresa took a flight from Ireland to New York and then the train to Oakland, where she entered the congregation in December. Her ministry has been education. You can learn more about her here.

 

Sister Bernice Gotelli

Like most of the Presentation Sisters of San Francisco who preceded her, Sister Bernice became a teacher and then moved into pastoral ministry. After Vatican II, when members of religious orders were encouraged to notice and engage in ministries beyond the traditional ones, Sister Bernice found a calling to walk with families whose children were very ill, as a hospital chaplain. Learn more about these “most grace-filled and challenging” years of her life.

 

Sister Roberta (Bobbi) Green

Sister Roberta’s career in teaching young children brought her much joy: “They constantly challenge me to be childlike, open, trusting, prayerful, honest and loving.” The children undoubtedly loved when she brought her red guitar, named Jaime, to class! Now retired, she continues to volunteer at the school she herself attended as a child. Read her story here.

 

Sister Janet Harris

A native New Yorker, Sister Janet spent many years in East Los Angeles fighting poverty and injustice as a chaplain and gang counselor. Her efforts eventually resulted in changes to the juvenile justice system and even exoneration of convicted individuals. Her story has been told in film and articles. Sister gives all credit to God, and God’s love for all that is. Learn more here.

 

Sister Katherine Jones

This native San Franciscan has ministered in Southern California for the past 30 years, beginning as a teacher and administrator. Since 2008 she has walked with grieving families as a Religious Services Coordinator at a cemetery in East Los Angeles, a ministry that captured her heart. Her story, in her own words, is here.

 

Sister Rita Jovick

It was a classic dilemma: how does one choose between becoming an actress, or a religious Sister? Fortunately for her students and colleagues, Sister Rita embraced the role that was her true calling as a Presentation Sister. Her skills in administration, development, and teaching have influenced young students and adults throughout the state. Read more to learn of her varied experiences from Haight Ashbury in the “Summer of Love” to California’s Central Valley – and what rainbows mean to her!

 

Sister Jane Kelly

To learn about Sister Jane’s life as a Presentation Sister, please read her entry in Presentation Women: A Legacy of Vision, Faith and Service.

 

 

Sister Virginia King

A teacher who is comfortable in all grades and multiple subjects, and who is also an able manager, stage director, and audio-visual production manager – plus grantwriter! – is an unusual find. Sister Virginia did all that and more, and also held positions for the Congregation and continues to plan services and play the organ at the Motherhouse. Learn more here!

 

Sister Sylvia Llerena

When making her final vows as a Presentation Sister, Sister Sylvia was challenged to live her whole life united with Jesus in generous service to God’s people. She met the challenge in her teaching and coaching activities, and with her devotion to supporting marginalized women at SafeHouse and the Lantern Center in San Francisco. Let her story challenge you!

 

Sister Rachel Pinal

Vatican II marked a change in how religious life was lived, with the new opportunity for many Sisters to go into the mission field. Sister Rachel was excited to go: to Mexico, Peru, and many years in Nicaragua. Caring for marginalized women and children was her focus, and her mission drive did not end when she retired and returned to San Francisco. Here is the “rest of the story.”

 

Sister Patricia (Pati) Reinhart

Nano Nagle said: “Spend yourselves for the poor.” Sister Pati has lived by those words all through her interesting life. Her teaching in San Francisco and East Los Angeles, mission projects in Mexico, parish work in California’s Central Valley, and most recently teaching ESL at Gavilan College in Gilroy have extended Nano’s influence to many. Learn more about Sister Pati here.

 

Sister Joan Riordan

As a high school student torn between a future career in the foreign service and becoming a Presentation Sister, it was impossible to ignore Nano Nagle’s example of service. “Nano’s vision of an educated citizenry despite the English Penal Laws, her courage and perseverance, were very attractive to a young woman who had been grounded in faith and loved learning.” Sister Joan enjoyed the natural beauty of other countries, but devoted her life to teaching. It’s easy to see that she loves life as a Presentation Sister.

 

Sister Stephanie Still

When Sister Stephanie joined the Presentation Sisters, she became part of a community “based on love and witnessing to love.” She has held varied administration positions in education and for the congregation, and is the Executive Director of the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., where she interacts with men and women religious of many different communities. Read more about her, including a beautiful poem, here.

 

Sister Margaret Webster

To learn about Sister Margaret’s life as a Presentation Sister, please read her entry in Presentation Women: A Legacy of Vision, Faith and Service.

 

 

Sister Gemma Wilson

Educated by Presentation Sisters at St. Agnes parish school and the Academy of the Presentation, Sister Gemma was overjoyed to join them in religious life. Her path was teaching but turned quickly to nursing – adding in the fun of training guide dogs! She can mark her life stages by which dog accompanied her. You can learn about her interesting life and current training project “Luv” here!

 

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Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco are grateful for designated and undesignated contributions. Your financial support helps us continue are ministries and programs for those made poor. Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization, Tax ID #94-2209052.


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