Our commitment to Catholic education
Our commitment to Catholic education spans over 240 years, a focus of our Congregational foundation in Ireland since 1775 and remains strong today.
We believe in providing a foundation in young people that will develop and foster not only their knowledge and skills, but also their compassion and a desire to serve others. Part of this foundation includes lifelong formation in our Catholic faith. As needs and staffing have changed, we no longer have sisters teaching in Catholic schools in the diocese. However, we continue our legacy of support for Catholic education in the Sioux Falls Diocese by providing scholarships for students in the area. It is our hope that those receiving scholarships will continue the legacy of Nano and the mission and charism of the Presentation Sisters by living out their own individual call to serve help those in need.
In 2009, with the assistance of generous donors, we began offering scholarships for students in South Dakota to attend Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Sioux Falls Diocese. Throughout the years, we have provided scholarships to over 400 students in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500. For this school year we were able to provide 40 – $750 scholarships and three $1,500 scholarships (one to each Catholic high school in the diocese.)
Since accepting the invitation of Bishop Martin Marty in the 1880s to come to Dakota Territory and teach children of the Lakota Sioux and European settlers, 232 Presentation Sisters have served as teachers, school administrators, and mentors to over 300,000 students in many rural and Catholic parish schools throughout the Midwest, including sponsorship of Presentation College in Aberdeen. Education remains a focus in all of our ministries.
We congratulate these students on being selected to receive the 2021-2022 Presentation Sisters Scholarships.