Honoria ‘Nano’ Nagle (1718-1786) was a compassionate and forward-thinking woman who worked among the poor and marginalised in Ireland, providing education, food and medical support. On Christmas Eve, 1775, she founded a religious order of sisters, who later became known as the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM).
Nano Nagle performed a lot of her work at night, travelling from hovel to hovel along the dark lanes of Cork city, carrying a lantern to light her way. This is how she came to be known as ‘The Lady with the Lantern’.
The lantern remains a symbol of how the Presentation Sisters follow her light today through our work in education and global advocacy.
We are comprised of the Presentation Sisters Union, the Conference of Presentation Sisters of North America and the Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and together we have a presence in twenty countries, shown in this map.
These featured resources go into detail about the history of the International Presentation, and the plans for the future which arose from the IPA Assembly in 2017. Click on the cover image to download your chosen document in pdf format.