As Sisters of the Presentation, we are actively engaged in justice for all persons, as well as in efforts promoting social, economic and Earth justice. As a community, we approach our commitments through the lens of our charism: hospitality. Presentation Sisters have sought justice for persons and have been welcoming to new people, new lands, new cultures and new experiences. We gather the unattended in places far and near. We have a lasting legacy – to be hospitable. It is our hallmark. It was our foundress’ dying wish. Thus we view our world and our work for justice though the lens of hospitality.
As family, we welcome the stranger and keep company with those fleeing violence, poverty and intolerable systems from countries they call home. We must always reverence our roots, which remind us that we are all descended from immigrants who depended greatly on hospitality in their time. In gratitude, we return that hospitality by way of gracious welcome to those who come to our land now, seeking, as our ancestors did, a better life by escaping violence or enslavement of various kinds. Our hospitality calls us to help them find a better way of life. It calls us to be gracious and non-judgmental, to “gather in the unattended and to attend the gathered in” with willing hands and open hearts, and to hear their stories with respect.