Social Justice Focus

Actions for Justice Here and Around the World

San Francisco Presentation Sisters, Associates and Ministry Co-workers strive in our justice endeavors to live and serve with the mind of Nano. We join all Presentation Sisters in the following 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 receive updates and action alerts from the Justice Committee please contact Sister Pat Davis, Justice Committee Chair, at 415-422-5001 or patdavis821@gmail.com

Click here to read the latest issue of Justice Endeavors, the Justice Committee’s monthly newsletter, and learn more about their current work and initiatives.

Justice Action Alerts

International Earth Day

International Mother Earth Day is observed annually on April 22. The Catholic Climate Covenant offers resources for year-round actions to take, by addressing the call to act not only to protect but restore God’s gift of creation. Visit The Catholic Climate Covenant website and see the amazing programs and actions they present.

Earth Day Tribute…In years past, Sister Rosemary McKean, Sister Jackie Graham, and Sister Rosemary Campi prepared an Earth Day prayer. Those of us who could would gather at Presentation Center and then at Moss Beach and pray the prayer together. Recently Sister Rosemary created a beautiful Earth Day Prayer booklet and dedicated it to Sisters Jackie and Rosemary. Thank you, Sister Rosemary!

Anti-Human Trafficking

Sisters and Associates combat human trafficking by serving on diocesan committees and other organizations that offer workshops and educational opportunities for people to get involved, retreats for healing women, and a 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 U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Click here to read the latest issue.

If you would like to learn more about this issue and what you can do to help combat it please visit the following links:

Climate Change

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.

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

Immigration

To learn more about issues impacting immigrant communities and ways you can help please visit the following links:

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. Sisters Cristina and Leocadia continue the development of their community’s foundation in the USA serving those most in need in Houston, Texas.

 

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.

International Presentation Association

The International Presentation Association (IPA) is a networking of the various congregations of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary around the world, formed to foster unity and to enable collaborations for the sake of mission, which is  to speak and act in partnership with others for global justice from a contemplative stance in a spirit of oneness with the whole of creation.   (2017 IPA Assembly)

The Association is comprised of the three Presentation Units: Union of Presentation Sisters, Conference of Presentation Sisters of North America, and Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, are active in the work of the IPA. Learn more and in their latest newsletter and on the website: https://globalpres.org

 

Latest Justice News

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