SISTERS OF THE PRESENTATION
SIMPLE, EVERYDAY items can become sacred symbols that turn ordinary places into sacred spaces.
A spiral notebook can hold the world
in prayer. Ours rests on a table in the
gathering space outside the chapel at our
motherhouse. Throughout the day sisters
and guests enter this sacred space to
pray for the needs of the world including
the intentions listed in the notebook.
For Presentation Sisters, the lantern
is a sacred symbol of going out to meet
the needs of the world with presence
and action. Our community foundress,
Nano Nagle (1718-84), was born in
Ireland, which suffered under oppressive
British rule. Nano spent her days teaching
children and her nights caring for the
sick and elderly. The lantern was a sign of
hope for those who saw it coming down
the narrow alley toward their home.
Today, Presentation Sisters and
associates continue to bring a lantern of
hope to those who suffer. Grounded by
prayer in our sacred spaces, we are sent
to bring the Light of Christ and Love of
God to those most in need.
—Sister Jessi Beck, P.B.V.M. A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK can hold the world in prayer, say the Sisters of the Presentation.
IN THE ANCIENT Benedictine tradition, we welcome you as Christ. Whatever your
interests may be, we hope
your visit to our Abbey will
be a source of peace and
blessing. We invite you
to stay a while—to rest in
silence, to read, to walk,
and to practice the kind
of reflection that comes
from the deepest places in
SAINT BENEDICT, OREGON
A QUIET, SIMPLE
place to sit and pray
at the Benedictine