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Nano Nagle

NanoThe Catholic Church remembers those who have been exceptional in their practice of the faith in four steps of holiness: Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed, and Saint. "Nano" Nagle founder the "Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary" was declared Venerable on 31 October last by Pope Francis.

Nano was born to a wealthy family near Cork in 1718 and devoted her life to God and to working with people on the margins of society. She is one of the great pioneers of Catholic education in Ireland. She was a formidable lady and set up her first school in 1754 when the penal laws made it illegal for Catholics to teach, or to run schools. A legacy from an uncle allowed her to expand her operations, and by the late 1750s Nano was running seven schools, with 400 pupils, across the city, paying for teachers, and rent and food for the children, out of her own purse.

To help her in her works of charity she gathered a group of equal-minded women about her whom she later formed into the Congregation of Presentation Sisters.
There are now about 1,200 nuns and hundreds of schools worldwide in the group.

May the Good Lord continue to bless them and their work for the poor.


may her work live forward in the work of malala yousafzai and all whom they inspire.