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Transcript of Nano Nagle
Born in Ballygriffin, County Cork, Ireland, 1718.
Was christened "Honora".
Was born into a Catholic family.
Died on April 26, 1784.
~ Irish were bound by British law, with one rule being that they couldn't practice Catholicism in Ireland (nanonaglebirthplace.ie, 2012).
~ This meant that she had to be smuggled into Paris to get a full catholic education.
~ Nano's father died when she was very young, so they inevitably went to live with their mother in Ireland.
Then, one night...
Her stay in the midst of Irish Parisian society was brief, but during this time an incident took place which has become a classic episode in the Presentation story. One morning the charming, wealthy, and beautiful Miss Nagle… was returning from an all-night ball. As her carriage rattled over the cobblestones of a silent street, she saw a small group of poor working people waiting in front a church…for the door to open for early Mass. The contrast between their useful lives and her own empty one devoted to pleasure made a lasting impression on the girl of twenty-two.
(A quote from a biographer).
As a result of that observation that night, she decided to devote the rest of her life to educating children and attending to the poor.
She set up a whole network of schools in her home town, Cork, five for girls and two for boys (presentationsistersunion, 2002).
Nano Nagle's Legacy
Nano opened up a number of schools, as she was dedicated to giving children an education, particularly in Christianity. She was most well known for caring for and teaching the children in the day, and visiting sick and poor people in hospitals in the night. These were all true acts of Christianity.
Sisters of Presentation
She proudly founded this organisation on the 24th of December, 1775. She did this at the end of her life. She wanted to keep her Christian acts going for generations to come, and did this by establishing the Sisters of Presentation.
(Credit to the original owners and
producers of this video)
"Love one another as you have hitherto done. Spend your lives for the poor."
Nano Nagle, 1784
Surrounded by all of her friends and family in hospital on her death bed, the 65 year old gave them all one last message:
Nano's final words
- Thank you all for watching!!!
- A big thanks to the original owners of any of the visuals (images, videos, etc.) I used.
- And a great acknowledgment to the following people:
~ Keion Larsen
~ Tahlita Steel
~ Rachel Strambini
~ Billy Bradshaw
Ethan, Billy, Tahlita, Rachel and Keion
a presentation by:
Nano Nagle Prayer
Sisters of Presentation Logo
"Not words but deeds" (Nagle family Motto).
Presentation Sisters in Australia
- The Presentation Sisters acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia.
- They arrived in Australia in 1866 to educate children with poor Irish parents.
- The first Australian Presentation school was opened in Richmond, Tasmania.
- There are six Australian congregations.
- They are associated closely with Papua New Guinea.
What can we learn from her?
She is an inspiration as she helped set up schools around the world to help educate people who are poor. We can learn to help others no matter what type of person they are. Whichever background you come from you can help.