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Presentation Sisters on Pilgrimage November 2011

Sixty years ago this year the first Presentation Sisters arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand from Ireland.  To mark this anniversary they have been on pilgrimage to places they have ministered in since their arrival.. 

On Thursday 17 November, some of their community were welcomed for lunch at Mt St Joseph en route to Manaia in Taranaki.  It was a meeting up that renewed strong ties between the two Congregations.  In 1970, the Sisters of St Joseph vacated Convent and School at Manaia and the Presentation Sisters took up the mission there.  There was continued mutual support between the Josephite community in Hawera and Manaia over the years, as well as wider contact between Sisters.

Catherine Shelton welcomed the Sisters to Whanganui.  They brought with them their icon of Nano Nagle their foundress, and a beautifully carved small waka.  The latter showed emblems of the various places visited on pilgrimage, and also reflected the three foundations in Ireland the Sisters came from.


As the Sisters left, a blessing was sung for them.  Shown are Mary Ann Greaney Presentation Associate, PBVM Sisters Mary Tait, Frances Nicolle, Ruth Coleman, Catherine Shelton rsj and Regina Daly.

In the evening Josephites Colleen Woodcock and Anne Burke joined the Presentation Sisters with parishioners and friends in Sacred Heart Parish Church in Manaia.  Mass was celebrated by Bishop Peter Cullinane assisted by Frs Manus Lyons PP and Bill Casey. 

The previous weekend the pilgrimage celebrations had been at Eastbourne , and Josepha O’Connor rsj and Kate Ryan rsj joined them there.

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