Resources – 2016
Prayer Service for Eradication of Poverty 2016
On October 17, we observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty that is embedded in Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals – End poverty in all its forms everywhere. The eradication of poverty is at the heart of the Presentation charism.
The International Presentation Association invites our circles of prayer to embrace the poor and those working to end poverty. Share the prayer service from Education for Justice …
Remembering as Contemplative Practice by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ — LCWR President
Writing in the October 2016 edition of LCWR Update, Sr Mary Pellegrino, CSJ, President of the USA Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) reminds us that “remembering, as contemplative practice, is precisely what we can offer to our communities, our church and the world at this time.”
Presentation Sisters invite others into this practice for recent events and the people involved. Read Sr. Mary’s Article
Goals to end poverty, protect the planet
Presentation Sisters in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand are promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the Oceania region. We need everyone to know about them and that the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly, including our own, have adopted 169 targets for transforming our world over the next 15 years. Read more
Reclaiming our founding spirit
Anne Henson of the Presentation Congregation Lismore writes on the currency of the charism and spirituality of the Presentation founder, Nano Nagle, for the changed conditions of our time. Download Anne’s article
World Environment Day – 5 June
World Environment Day is observed on 5 June each year to create global awareness about environmental problems the world is facing. You are invited to use this booklet prepared by Peta Anne Molloy, Presentation Congregation Queensland, in your reflections and prayers.
Feast of the Sacred Heart – 3 June
We invite friends and co-workers of the Presentation Sisters around the world to join in our Prayer for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on 3 June 2016.
Week of Prayer for Reconciliation – 27 May to 3 June
“Let’s talk Recognition”
Each week between 27th May and 3rd June members of all faith communities across Australia offer prayers for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This week is a time for us to renew our commitment to working together in partnership for justice and the healing of relationships. The Week of Prayer runs concurrently with National Reconciliation Week.
Reflections for Mabo Day – 3 June
On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Indigenous people had a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonization and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for Indigenous land rights called Native Title. Download these Reflections for Mabo Day
Earth Day prayer and resources – April 22
You are invited to use and distribute this prayer service, Caring for Our Common Home, to all PBVM sisters, associates, and friends of Nano. Let all of us unite in prayer on April 22.
Reflection for World Water Day – March 22
Water is essential for life, and its increasing scarcity threatens peace on Earth.
“Wake Up the World! Reflections with Pope Francis” explores this critical issue and, may be accessed here.
This reflection comes to us from the Sisters’ The Holy Cross International Justice Office.
Reflection for Earth Hour – 19th March
This year, Earth Hour is on Saturday March 19 at 8:30-9.30pm local time.
This Earth Hour reflection is available for all to use.
The Good Egg Guide for a Traffik-Free Easter
Much of the chocolate that finds its way into our shops and homes is made with cocoa from Cote d’Ivoire plantations that use trafficked children. They are kidnapped or their families are tricked, forced to work in the cocoa plantations from an early age, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school.
A global movement has begun to change this. The movement tackles poverty and empowers producers who are doing the right thing. Farmers operating with Fairtrade Certification, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ Certified are engaging in good labour practices. Join the movement this Easter. Choose certified Traffik-Free chocolate, support the farmers and STOP THE TRAFFIK. Download the Good Egg Guide 2016 to get your Traffik-Free chocolate.
Maryknoll Retreat Calendar for 2016
Maryknoll, House of Prayer, is a place of peace and tranquility in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania. Find out about a directed retreat and individual days of reflection at Maryknoll – download their retreat calendar for the first half of 2016.
Lenton Carbon Fast Calendar 2016
Pope Francis has implored us to prepare for Easter by practicing the works of mercy. This year’s Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar will act as our guide to spreading mercy to both people and the planet, in order to protect and preserve God’s creation.
We thank the Social Justice Committee from CLRI for this great resource.
Prayer for International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking (February 8)
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.
On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors. This prayer service may be helpful.