Founder of Presentation Sisters Declared Venerable

Irish Nun Hailed as a Pioneer of Girls’ Education

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A note from the Congregation for Saints’ Causes today announced that an Irish nun, founder of the Presentation Sisters, has been declared venerable.

Pope Francis authorized the recognition of heroic virtue for Honoria “Nano” Nagle (Joan of God), as well as Celestina Bottego, foundress of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary (1895-1980), and Olga della Madre di Dio (born Olga Maria Fortunata Gugelmo), Italian professed nun of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Church (1910-1943).

Nano Nagle was born in 1728. She was educated as a young girl in Ireland, but then went to France, where she received a Catholic education. She returned to Ireland and set about teaching the poor of the community, quickly establishing several schools for girls and for boys.

In 1775 she founded the Presentation Order. She died in 1784.  

Recognition of the martyrdom of Anton Durcovici of Iai, Romania (1888-1951), killed in hatred of the faith in the Sighet prison, Bucarest, Romania, in 1993, was also authorized today.

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