Our Congregation has recently built two new residences. Changing health needs of the Sisters, a smaller carbon footprint, and better stewardship of resources were all reasons for these new residences. With the move now complete, we turn our focus to discerning how the Presentation Heights land can best serve the Presentation Mission into the future, as well as to steward the property. We want to enhance the property to bring out more of its natural beauty as a lasting gift to the Aberdeen community and region. 

“Listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor.”  Pope Francis

Ministry in Action

In Aberdeen, Presentation Convent sits on the Presentation Heights 125-acre campus, which includes Presentation College. With our residential move complete, we turn our focus to discerning how the Presentation Heights land can best serve the Presentation Mission into the future, as well as to steward the property. We want to enhance the property to bring out more of its natural beauty as a lasting gift to the Aberdeen community and region. This remains a work in progress. We are using Laudato Si, a letter written by Pope Francis, which calls us to care of creation and for our brothers and sisters in need. This letter will guide our discernment process. Although we don’t know our exact path, we do know that the land will continue to evolve and grow in the year(s) ahead. “Together, we continue to look ahead with our partners, as we have always done, in regards to our future and to addressing needs both locally and globally,” shares Sister Janice. “We are led by our mission in all that we do and this is no different.”

“One of our core values is to do nothing alone; we always seek to connect with others who can work with us in furthering the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Sister Janice Klein, Congregational President. Inherent in the discernment process is to work closely with Avera Health, the Aberdeen business community and Presentation College, who shares the campus. Presentation College will continue to serve students in its current location. For the near future, Presentation Heights will continue to function as the administrative location for the Sisters as well.

We continue to strive for places of collaboration to enhance both missions. We are working closely with local offices including the Brown County NRCS office, Brown County DOT office, and local Aberdeen City Officials. We are also in partnership with EcoSun Prairie Farms, an expert in native grass land growth and restoration in our area. EcoSun Started in 2007, in the southeast corner of South Dakota, as they imagined ways we could all share in the agricultural learning, to gain greater success as a region. Together we have completed a planting of native vegetation. EcoSun has been supportive in teaching us how we can revive the beautiful native grasses and forbs that grew naturally around Presentation Heights which is located on the ancestral homelands of the Oceti Sakowin (pronounced O-Cheh-tee Shah-ko-ween), meaning the “Seven Council Fires” of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people, also knows as the Great Sioux Nation.

In this year of discernment, we look to how the Presentation Heights land can best serve the Presentation Mission into the future. In stewardship of the property, we are working to bring out more of its natural beauty as a lasting gift to the Aberdeen community and region. Although this remains a work in progress, we share with you some of the native grasses and plants that are being planted on the land. Click on each flower to read about its benefits.

Wild Bergamot
(Bee Balm)

Gallardia Aristate
(Blanket Flower)

Chamaecrista Fasciculata
(Partridge Pea)

Schizachyrium Scoparium
(Little Bluestem)

Presentation People in Ministry

Jamie Risse – Integral Ecology Co-Director

Jamie started with Presentation Sisters in January 2021. Jamie works alongside Jared Hohn to coordinate and implement of new projects that are being undertaken by the Integral Ecology Ministry. Integral Ecology is the newest ministry for the Presentation Sisters. Our first project has focused on the land at Presentation Heights, and our subsequent projects ever evolving.

Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Jamie enjoys working in her flower garden, baking and any time at the lake on the boat. You can also find Jamie at anytime volunteering for several non-profit organizations. She may be reached at 605.271.0468 (office) 605.310.3162 (cell) or via email at jrisse@presentationsisters.org

 

Jared Hohn – Integral Ecology Project Co-Director

Jared started with the Presentation Sisters in January of 2021 and works in conjunction with Jamie Risse to coordinate and implement the structure of new projects that are being undertaken by the Integral Ecology ministry. Integral Ecology is the newest ministry for the Presentation Sisters. Our first project has focused on the land at Presentation Heights, and our subsequent projects are ever evolving.

Jared enjoys throwing frisbee, attempting to golf, watching his kids play sports, camping at the river, and getting outside whenever possible. He may be reached at 605.271.0468 (office), 605.360.7111 (cell), or via email at jhohn@presentationsisters.org.

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