Friends of nano movement
Nano Nagle was a lay woman with a vision and passion for the poorest of society and a desire for a more compassionate world. She was joined by other lay companions who shared in her vision and worked tirelessly with her for more than 20 years before she founded the Presentation Congregation.
In 1989 the Congregational Leadership called the sisters to ‘collaboration with laity in our mission’. Later Gatherings of the Congregation echoed this message encouraging the involvement of lay people as equal partners in initiatives for justice. Over subsequent years, in several countries and provinces, Associate Groups were formed.
In 2009, the 225th anniversary of Nano’s death, the Congregational Leadership Team reflected on what it means to be associated with the Congregational. They wished to encourage the development of a framework linking Friends of Nano across the globe, a network which could enable all who are inspired by the charism of Nano to strengthen and expand their experience of being in communion.
They concluded that an International Gathering involving lay people from all of the countries and provinces in the Union would be the best way to begin to explore how such a framework might be developed. The International Gathering took place in June 2011 and the Friends of Nano Movement was born.
In other words, we stand for the poorest in society; we attend to God each day and our actions are informed by that commitment ; and, honouring all of creation, we live and promote sustainable lives.
By meeting regularly as Friends of Nano at local level and sharing our stories, questions and longings, we open ourselves to a greater awareness of the Divine and of our place in the cosmos. We learn how to live in communion with one another and all of creation on and how we can make a difference in the lives of others.
By creating a Movement, we aim to continue building local cells across the world where people can share a real experience of Chris an community and where we can support one another in pursuit of a common goal.
The Friends of Nano Movement is a worldwide movement of contemplative service, linked with Presentation Sisters.
We welcome people of various cultures and faith traditions who
• are inspired by the spirit of Nano Nagle,
who founded the Presentation Sisters
• wish to deepen their own inner life
• are drawn towards creating a more
compassionate, just and sustainable
• value the support and encouragement of like‐minded people
The Friends of Nano Movement shares a common vision and charism with the Presentation Congregation.
We seek opportunities to pray, act and celebrate together.
The spirit and charism of Nano, her example, and that of her Congregation, inspires us to go one step beyond. We support and encourage each other to deepen our awareness of the Divine life within. and to bring about a better quality of life, and greater equality in life for all, especially for those whom society has made poorest
At the heart of our movement
lies a partnership with the Divine,
a passion for the poorest &
a covenant with creation.
Charism is the heart of the founder aglow at one period in history,
beaming on in us in another day and age ... Joan Chitister