Presentation Sisters currently in ministry at Lantern Light (2011): from left, Sisters Vera Butler (U.S. Province of the Union), Maureen Nolan (U.S. Province of the Union), Enid Storey (New Windsor, N.Y.), Phyllis Gill (Aberdeen, S.D.) and Anna Raimon (New Windsor, N.Y.).
The idea of a collaborative ministry among the sisters of the Conference of Presentation Sisters, to serve those made poor, emerged at a meeting of the Conference in the summer of 2003.
When the invitation to the members across North America was issued, eight sisters entered a discernment process in December 2004. This process resulted in a decision that five sisters would begin the Collaborative Ministry Project (CMP) in New Orleans, Louisiana, in September 2005.
Because of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, the starting time was delayed. Thanks to the Union Sisters, the CMP sisters were housed in Robertsdale, Alabama, until October 19, 2005.
Presently the CMP operates in partnership with The Vincentian Community and the Jesuits to form the Rebuild Center, which opened August 26, 2007.
Nano Nagle's words “spend yourselves for the poor” are lived out each day in many forms of ministry there. Because of the faith and love of the people they serve, the ministers receive much more than they give.
Sisters who previously served at Lantern Light:
Beth Driscoll (Dubuque, Iowa), Joan White, Marie Roche, Mary Dennis Lentsch (Dubuque, Iowa)
Read our latest newsletter!Lantern Light Newsletter September 2011