The Presentation Sisters’ Leadership Team is responsible for listening to, interpreting and guiding the life of the congregation. In administering the congregation, these sisters provide spiritual and material support and are corporate witnesses to the Presentation ministries. The Leadership Team is elected every four years, with the next election set for 2022.

As we move into our new roles as leaders, we feel Nano’s spirit alive and relevant today. Nano’s practice of contemplation ignited her commitment to justice. Her ability to move from prayer to action empowered her to go one pace beyond as she engaged people, especially the poor and underserved. As a team we practice contemplation and our decision making comes from this place of prayer and mindfulness of those in the margins of society. The ministry of Congregational leadership enhances the unity of the community based on our Constitutions as we listen to the Holy Spirit and to each other and chart our future course. When we let the Spirit lead us, we are rather astonished by what we hear ourselves saying!  We see the role of the Leadership Team as supporting the Congregation to trust the calls of the Spirit and facilitating the next steps to implement these calls for the community and our partners. The “grace of the office of leadership” and the support of our Sisters, with the guidance of God, will enable us to do what is ours to do in these next four years.

Presentation Sisters in Ministry

Sister Janice Klein, President, was born in Dell Rapids, SD and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. She earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from College of St. Benedict, a master’s in pastoral ministry from Loyola University and a doctorate of ministry from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary. Sister Janice ministered as an elementary teacher, in parish ministry, and served over 20 years in the Development Ministry for the Presentation Sisters. She has served on a number of boards, recently including Avera McKennan, Good Shepherd Center and Guest House for Heart Hospital of SD all in Sioux Falls. Sister Janice was one of the founders of HAPI, Homes are Possible, Inc. in Aberdeen. She was a member of the Presentation Sisters’ Leadership Council from 1994-1998. Sister Janice just finished her first term as President of the Congregation and was re-elected to serve a second term as President. To read more about Sister Janice, please CLICK HERE.

Sister Mary Thomas, Vice President, was raised on a farm near Bowdle, SD, and is the youngest of eight children. Growing up, she enjoyed her rural way life. She was able to maintain close family ties because all of her siblings lived in the area, and they gathered often to celebrate family traditions. Sister Mary attended Presentation College, where she discerned a call to religious life. Following novitiate, she completed her undergraduate with a bachelor’s in theology and sociology. She has advanced degrees in Christian spirituality and organizational development. Sister Mary previously served as campus minister at Presentation College and Purdue University and as Vocation Director for the Congregation. She currently is Senior Vice President of Mission Services at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Sister Mary has just finished her first term as a Council Member for the Presentation Sisters Leadership Team and was elected to serve in the upcoming term as Vice President. To read more about Sister Mary, please CLICK HERE.

Sister Lucille Welbig, Councillor, was born in Chester, SD and grew up on a farm in Colman, SD. She earned an associate’s and bachelor’s in medical technology, a master’s in pastoral studies/counseling and a master’s in health services administration. Sister Lucille has been involved in acute care in a hospital setting for 19 years, serving as a medical technologist and director of pastoral care in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. After obtaining her master’s degree in health services administration, she served as a long-term care administrator in Montana, Nebraska and Iowa. Since 2004, she has been an Avera System Member, has served in administration at acute care and long-term care settings, and served on several Avera hospital boards and committees. Sister Lucille has served on the Presentation Sisters Leadership Team from 2006-2010, 2014 to present, and has been re-elected to an additional term as a Council Member. To read more about Sister Lucille, please CLICK HERE.

Sister Vicky Larson, Councillor, grew up in Madison, MN and attended Lac Qui Parle Valley High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. She worked as a nurse in Tyndall, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, SD, before attaining a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from South Dakota State University. In August 2005, she began ministry as a Nurse Educator at Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD. Sister Vicky completed her PhD in Nursing in 2013 from Barry University, Miami, FL and worked as an Associate Professor of Nursing at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, until 2018. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing at Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD and serving first term as a Council Member on the Presentation Sisters Leadership Team. To read more about Sister Vicky, please CLICK HERE.

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