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Presentation Sisters’ founder declared venerable

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Moving four candidates closer to beatification, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Sister Honora “Nano” Nagle, the Irish founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    The recognition clears the way for her beatification, a step toward sainthood.
    Born in Ballygriffin in 1718, Nano Nagle was educated in France and entered religious life there. But she left at the age of 32, returning to Ireland
to care for and educate the children of the poor. She founded the Presentation Sisters in 1775 and died in 1784.
    There are five Presentation Sisters serving in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
    “We are delighted with the news,” said Sister Mary Deane, head of the congregation leadership team. “By proclaiming Nano Nagle as venerable, the universal church has recognized Nano as a woman of faith, hope and heroic virtue whose vision and work transformed the lives of so many. For our sisters, associates and friends of Nano throughout the world, Nano has been and continues to be a source of inspiration and challenge as we respond to the needs of today in fidelity to the Gospel and in the spirit of Nano.”
    A celebratory Mass to mark the announcement will take place in Cork, Ireland, in November, and a series of smaller events will take place across Ireland and in Presentation Congregation areas across the world to mark the occasion.
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