A Dream Unfolds: new book on Nano Nagle
Author Noela Fox and Sisters gather in Ireland for the launch of a new book on Nano Nagle, A Dream Unfolds
It truly was a day of all things Nano on 26 April 2016. As Presentation Sisters across the world marked the day of Venerable Nano’s death a group was gathering in the place where Nano’s life began to mark the publication of a new book about her life.
The Nano Nagle Centre in Ballygriffin Ireland proved to be a suitable and spiritual location for the launch of the new publication and the day chosen made the day all the more special to Sisters and guests alike. A Dream Unfolds is written by Australian Presentation Sister, Noela Fox, and published by Columba Press.
Speaking at the launch, Sr. Anne O’Leary of the Congregational Leadership Team said: “A Dream Unfolds comes at just the right time. We can indeed say ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the book!’ Nano was declared Venerable by Pope Francis on October 31, 2013. As we launch the book today – 26 April – we celebrate her death anniversary.”
“In just two years’ time – 2018 – we will celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of Nano in 1718. A Dream Unfolds is a wonderful resource to engage a new generation, and especially young people, with the life and mission of Nano. Nano’s story is a true love story for today. It is indeed providential that she has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis. Francis’ intense interior life of prayer, his reforming pastoral zeal and his concern for people at the margins mirror the life of Nano.”
Those attending the launch were welcomed by Nora Delaney, the Director of the Nano Nagle Centre who introduced Lisa Pires to bless the launch with a prayer, Easter Exultet.
Also taking the podium was Fearghal O’Boyle, Director of Columba Press and the author herself, Noela Fox.
Noela Fox was born in a small country town, Urana, in New South Wales, Australia. After completing school she entered the Presentation Convent at Mt. Erin which was founded from Kildare Town, Ireland in 1874. She taught in Presentation schools around New South Wales, then lectured for 10 years in Religious Education and History at the Australian Catholic University. In retirement, she taught inmates in a men’s prison, worked with refugees, and worked on Aboriginal reconciliation. She is the author of ten books, including three on Nano Nagle.
Columba Press describes Noela’s latest book: “A Dream Unfolds is a moving testimony to Nano Nagle’s life’s work. Not only does it pay tribute to her many achievements, it also creates a portrait of her that is immensely relatable. Nano is depicted as warm and loving, someone with great wit and a wry sense of humour who is capable of being obstinate and forceful when the occasion calls for it. Alongside this humanity, however, are the qualities that make her such a remarkable and trailblazing figure in Irish history: her strength, audaciousness, prudence, compassion, persistence and, above all, her unshakeable conviction that God would bring her dream to fruition”
After formalities were completed Noela signed copies of her book and guests joined together in the dining room to break bread and share stories of their own.