The center of life for the Presentation Sisters is prayer. It is through this relationship with Christ that each sister finds strength and support for her ministry. Presentation community life allows the sisters to share this spiritual grounding with each other as they live out their vocational call.

Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is a special set of prayers to God that helps us to remember the most important events in the lives of Mary and Jesus. The Rosary helps us to remember these principal events in the history of our salvation as we thank and praise God. There are a total of 20 Mysteries that tell the story of Mary and Jesus. These are divided into four groups of five: Joyful Mysteries, Mysteries of Light (or Luminous Mysteries), Sorrowful Mysteries and Glorious Mysteries. Each set of ten Hail Marys on the Rosary is called a decade, and each decade is a different mystery.

View our Rosary brochure and use while praying the Rosary

Stations of the Cross

Historically, the pilgrims coming to Jerusalem felt a connection to Jesus when following in his footsteps along the way of the cross on their pilgrimage. In the 1500s, when it was no longer easy or possible to visit the holy site, villages all over Europe began to create replicas of the way of the cross. Eventually these shrines became the set of 14 stations that grace nearly every Catholic Church in the world.

In making the Stations of the Cross, we enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. In reflecting upon the passion, we involve our senses and emotions for a deeper experience of Jesus’ love for each of us. In realizing this love, may we all feel a deep gratitude and desire to love as we were first loved.

The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Aberdeen, South Dakota completed a Stations of the Cross video just in time for Lent in 2012. Everyone you see or hear in the video is an Aberdeen Presentation Sister. The video allows you to view the Stations of the Cross in its entirety or advance the chapters to view an individual station. The sisters worked with the public awareness office in the production process from writing the script to filming it inside their Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Convent.

The Stations of the Cross video was filmed on location in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Feast of the Sacred Heart

The Feast of the Sacred Heart has special significance for the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The mystery of God’s merciful love is what drew our foundress, Nano Nagle, to those made poor by the systems of the day. She saw them in a new light – as children loved by God. This experience of God’s merciful love compelled her to reach out to those who did not experience God’s love and light.

Nano was drawn into the divine dynamic of the Sacred Heart devotion to such an extent that the original title of the Presentation Sisters in 1775 was Sisters of the Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On her deathbed, Nano left this legacy of Sacred Heart love to her sisters, saying, “Love one another as I have hitherto done.”

In the spirit of our foundress, Presentation Sisters throughout the world continue this devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the ministry begun by Nano.

Maureen Manion, PBVM, RIP, is the artist of this Sacred Heart of Jesus mosaic, which can be found at Presentation Convent in Aberdeen.

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Prayer Partners

Young and adult single women are invited to participate in a prayer partner relationship with a Presentation Sister by e-mail, in person or a combination of both. The Prayer Partner program offers the opportunity to connect with a sister on a regular basis as a prayer partner to help feed your need for spiritual growth and prayer. The participant and the sister decide what works best for their schedules to develop and maintain this ongoing partnership in prayer. Prayer partners participants are generally Presentation College students, but other young, adult single women are welcome to request a prayer partner relationship with a Presentation Sister. For more information, contact Sister Phyllis Gill, Vocation Director, at 605-229-8414 or vocoff@presentationsisters.org

What is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration?

In 1906, Bishop O’Gorman asked the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to begin perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for the needs of the people in the Sioux Falls diocese. December 25, 2006 marked the 100-year anniversary of our practice of daily Eucharistic Adoration.

The sisters gather daily in their Adoration Chapel; spending our time in this sacred space offering prayers for the intentions of those who have requested prayer, for the needs of the people of the diocese, the nation and the world.

This practice has been an essential element of Presentation life in community. A facet that keeps this prayer ministry current and relevant is our prayer line ministry. Individuals throughout the world contact us and request that we pray for their intentions.

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The Joyful Mysteries

  • The annunciation to Mary that she is to be mother of the Savior
  • The visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth
  • The nativity of Jesus Christ
  • The presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple
  • The finding of the child Jesus in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  • The agony of Christ in the garden
  • The scourging of Jesus at the pilar
  • The crowning with thorns
  • The carrying of the cross
  • The crucifixion and death of Jesus

The Mysteries of Light

  • Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River
  • Christ’s self-manifestation at the wedding at Cana
  • Christ’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God with his call to conversion
  • Christ’s transfiguration
  • Christ’s institution of the Eucharist

The Glorious Mysteries

  • The resurrection of Jesus
  • The ascension of the Lord into heaven
  • The descent of the Holy Spirit
  • The assumption of Mary into heaven
  • The coronation of Mary in heaven