The Society of Presentation Sisters of Australia and Papua New Guinea is a federation of six autonomous Presentation Congregations in Australia and a group of Melanesian Presentation Sisters in Papua New Guinea.
Presentation Sisters are impelled by the Gospel and the spirit of Nano Nagle to be compassionate and just in all of their relationships.
As at 1 May 2016 there are 296 Presentation Sisters in Australia and Papua New Guinea involved in a variety of ministries.
The Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga brought NILS to the Macarthur in 1998. After spending time with the Good Shepherd Sisters in Victoria, the sisters and others returned to establish and develop the framework for what has become Macarthur NILS today.
SR CECILIA WILTSHIRE (AM)
Our very own Sr Cecilia Wiltshire pbvm was included in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Cecilia has been honoured for significant service to the community through social welfare programs, to education, and to the Catholic Church in Australia.
Cecilia has worked tirelessly at the Nagle Centre for many years. She sits on the Macarthur NILS Management Committee and works with strength and dedication for the continuous improvement of Macarthur NILS service provision to meet the needs of the community. In 2016 Cecilia was also awarded the New South Wales NILS Volunteer of the year award by Good Shepherd Microfinance at the National NILS Conference.
Cecilia has been a Director for many programs throughout the years including Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor. She was Congregation Leader for the Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga from 1992-1997, and Principal and Secondary school teacher for Catholic Education New South Wales from 1960-1992.
We congratulate Sr. Cecilia, a most deserving and selfless woman, on her achievements.
Other Presentation works
The Presentation Sisters Wagga have also been assisting the Macarthur area and other communities through ministries such as:
Presentation Sisters Rural Outreach is an active, caring presence and a supportive resource to people in isolated rural areas of the Riverina and Southwest Slopes of NSW.
The Presentation Sisters take proactive steps towards Reconciliation. The Sisters continue to revitalise their commitment to reconciliation and be mindful of justice to Indigenous people in their ministries and everyday lives.
Nagle Centre for Youth
In the Campbelltown area, the Presentation Sisters seek to support disadvantaged young people and their families. This service provides camps for children aged 8 to 12 to give them the opportunity to explore the joys and freedoms of childhood and to have positive community experiences while deepening their sense of their own uniqueness and dignity. Their families are also supported and encouraged.
This ministry also encourages the participation of young people aged 16 and over who are the camp leaders. They receive training and support to work with the children as they share in the experience of being in ministry grounded in the vision of Nano Nagle.
Other ministries in which our Sisters are currently active include:
Prison chaplaincy; spirituality—retreats and adult formation; facilitation of groups, supervision and counselling; art therapy; parish pastoral work; education; support of asylum seekers, refugee children and their families; mentoring secondary students; historical research and writing; a presence with those who are homeless, disadvantaged and ageing; Congregational administration.
LISTEN…THE CRY OF THE EARTH
As a Congregation the Presentation Sisters continue the movement towards a deepening awareness and lived expression of ecological spirituality and justice. They make every effort to “walk lightly” on our Earth in their daily lives by living as sustainably as possible.
They participate in advocacy activities to encourage environmental issues to be addressed at all levels locally, nationally and internationally.
ErinEarth, a dream of the Presentation Sisters to be “walking lightly on the earth”, has now come to life as a sustainable living education complex with house and garden in Kildare Street, Wagga Wagga.
Working with the men and women and their families who are affected by the prison system. This work is described as a ministry that embodies the sharing of God’s healing love.
Just a few of the Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga
Click here to read about the history of the Presentation Sisters Wagga.