Nanette Miller and Julie Merrill our new Associate members were received as Associates at the Assembly 2018. They shared with us their call to Association.
Julie had admired Sister Marilyn Medau and her social justice work for quite some time. They worked together at St. Mary’s Center. One day they began talking about faith and Julie shared her yearning to deepen her faith. Sister Marilyn told her about the Associate Program. She requested information and was contacted by Kay Sweeney and Tina Panelli, the Inquirer’s Committee. After meeting and talking with them, she knew that she wanted to pursue being an Associate. The Inquirer’s classes invited her to learn more about the inspiring life and charism of Nano Nagle, to meet many of the Sisters living in the Motherhouse, and to learn about the Social Justice programs. Most importantly, she felt the welcoming, loving, and compassionate Spirit of the Congregation, where she felt able to participate in partnership with the Community to carry out Nano’s vision.
Nanette is a Presentation High School alumna (’67). She has continued to be compelled by the charism of Nano Nagle to help the marginalized. She volunteers every other Wednesday at the Most Holy Redeemer homeless suppers as a sous chef. The dinners are sit down dinners served once a week, where a four course dinner is served. Showers and clothing are also available. Nanette is also the chair of the PBVM Community Trust. The Board works with the Sisters on providing financial oversight of the Trust. She is active on various committees of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and served for 16 years on the Board of Catholic Charities CYO San Francisco, and is currently active on other SF NGOs.
You can see that these two women understand the charism of the Community. They are welcome new Presentation women and Associate members.