Social Justice Focus

Actions for Justice at Home and Around the World

In the spirit of our foundress, Nano Nagle, Presentation Sisters, Associates, and Ministry Coworkers strive for structural change on issues specifically related to women and children, immigrants and ethnic communities, human rights and sustainable living. We join all Presentation Sisters in the following justice endeavors.

Justice Committee

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 learn more about how you can help and receive updates and action alerts from the Justice Committee please contact Sister Pat Davis, PBVM, Justice Committee Chair at 415-422-5001 or patdavis821@gmail.com

Human Trafficking

Sisters and Associates strive to combat human trafficking by serving on diocesan committees and other organizations that offer workshops and educational opportunities for people who want to get involved. They also host retreats for healing women and maintain a loving, supportive 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 what you can do to help combat human trafficking, please visit the following links:

Action Alert

LCWR's Call to Pray and Reflect Together Through the Pandemic

Our call as women religious in these times includes intentionally staying attentive to the deeper invitations that this global crisis 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 the pandemic. The questions will invite us to be attentive to what we are experiencing around us and within us in relation to this greater transformation.

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: 'Learning the Tender Gravity of Kindness.'

 

Immigration

Our tradition of advocacy for and ministry with immigrant families and their communities continues at our sponsored institutions: The Lantern Center in San Francisco and the Learning and Loving Education Center in Morgan Hill, California. Both  provide 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:

Climate Change

On Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 12:00 noon Sisters, joined by chef Ray, gathered in the Motherhouse garden to pray the closing prayer for the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si. Throughout the week of May 16th Pope Francis' prayer to open the week was prayed daily in the chapel.

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.

We have received an invitation from Pope Francis to set aside some study and reflection time from the 16th to the 24th of May.  He is calling it Laudato Si Week.  We are celebrating the 5th anniversary of his urgent appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.  Gratefully, LCWR has provided excellent materials from their Global Concerns Committee.  It will build on the work and information we have received through the years from our own Environmental Focus Group leaders.

Thank you,

 The Leadership Team and Justice Committee

To learn more about Climate Change and actions you can take please visit the following links:

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.     

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. There are now five (5) Sisters who live and serve the one hundred and fifty (150) homeless residents at Magnificat Houses. Loaves and Fishes, a dining room for those who are poor or who live on the street, is also part of the outreach done through Magnificat Houses.

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