The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on 21st November. This celebration commemorates the presentation of the child Mary in the Temple in Jerusalem when she was three. The feast was first kept in the eight century. It symbolises the consecration of her life to the Lord. It is the feast day of the Presentation Sisters.
Nano Nagle was born into a privileged wealthy family in Cork in 1718. Catholics in Ireland were suffering from the Penal laws and the poor received no education. Nano returned from being educated in Paris and recognised the poverty of so many in her home country. She opened her first school in 1754, reaching out tot he poor in Cork. She founded a religious order to assist and carry on her work and named them after the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She was declared Venerable by Pope Francis on October 31st 2013, the second of four stages of the Canonisation Process. Nano is considered one of the great pioneers of Catholic education in Ireland. We thank the Presentation Sisters for all their work in the Warrenmout Primary and Secondary schools over the years and wish all the Presentation Sisters a happy feast day.