Ministries – Wagga Wagga Congregation
We are all involved in Mission
With Contemplative hearts we are called to listen deeply to the Spirit within each one of us and to respond with passion and joy to the “cry of the poor and the cry of the earth” and facilitate that vision, hope and energy to all.
Leadership Team 2010-2014.
Supporting Marginalised Peoples
Outreach to Isolated People
Pastoral Care and Visitation
Chapter is a time the Sisters spend in reflection and discussion on issues relating to our lives and ministries. Our most recent Chapter was held in 2014 and will provide our direction in Mission until 2019.
Ministry belongs to everyone in the Congregation: those in active ministry rely on and appreciate the prayerful support of all Sisters. Ministry happens in the context of all of our relationships and daily activities.
We are challenged to make available our diversity of gifts and skills as we continue the practical application of justice in our own lives and through advocacy at all levels.
We work with our Associates, co-workers and others who share the charism of Nano Nagle to further the goal of the International Presentation Association which is to address the root causes of poverty by working against the exploitation of natural resources and of primary producers. The four focus areas which form the framework for our actions are women and children, Indigenous peoples, human rights and environmental sustainability. IPA website
LISTEN…..THE CRY OF THOSE MADE POOR
We are committed to making resources available to ministries who work in our areas of Mission focus through Congregational projects and by supporting groups outside the Congregation.
The Sisters are encouraged to be informed about issues of justice and continue to take action both Congregationally and personally.
PSROS is funded by the Wagga Wagga Presentation Sisters and generous benefactors. Donations over $2 to Presentation Sisters Rural Outreach Services are tax deductible. visit PSROS
As a Congregation we take proactive steps towards Reconciliation. The Sisters continue to revitalise their commitment to reconciliation and be mindful of justice to Indigenous people in our ministries and everyday lives.
Nagle Centre for Youth
In the Campbelltown area, this ministry seeks to support disadvantaged young people and their families. The 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.
The Congregation auspices this no interest loan scheme in the Campbelltown area. Loans are made available to low income earners which will enable them to help themselves by making possible access to fair, safe and equitable credit. Loans are given for purchasing essential household goods which improve people’s quality of life. NILS aims to enhance the participants’ sense of personal dignity and empower them to take control of factors that contribute to their disadvantage. macarthurnils.org.au
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, Presence with those who are homeless, disadvantaged and ageing, Congregational administration.
LISTEN…THE CRY OF THE EARTH
As a Congregation we continue the movement towards a deepening awareness and lived expression of ecological spirituality and justice. We make every effort to “walk lightly” on our Earth in our daily lives by living as sustainably as possible.
We 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.
Rosemary Terry works with the men and women and their families who are affected by the prison system. Rosemary describes her ministry as one of sharing God’s healing love:
“My role at the Junee Correctional Centre on a regular basis involves co-ordinating church services, conducting Grief and Loss Programs and co-ordinating the Kairos Program. Kairos is an inter-denominational Christian program conducted by local men from outside the jail. It involves an annual intensive short course and the weekly Journey Meeting.
My day to day activities bring many different needs. Sometimes I need to support a man who has had a death in his family or someone who is struggling with prison life. Men who are ready for release need to be helped with clothing and other organisational details. When they are released, men need some follow-up support. Every now and then I will have a coffee with them and check how that are going. The families of the men sometimes contact me when they are worried about their loved one.
At the moment, I job share with Br John Wright, a Christian Brother. I feel our role is to be a supporting presence to the men and I hope we can be an instrument of God’s healing love for them.”
Rosemary is a Presentation presence that celebrates and is prophetic about the presence of God.