Pres Students Work to Make Nano Nagle a Saint


Catherine Bowman, Features Editor

Nano Nagle has been the password of choice for various Pres databases and wireless networks for years–but that may have to change to SaintNanoNagle if her supporters are successful.

In order to make sure that Nano is properly recognized for everything she did, the students of Pres are writing letters to ask Pope Francis to make Nano a saint.

Of course we all know about Nano Nagle from stories in religion class and at mass. In case you’re a little fuzzy on the details, Honora “Nano” Nagle was a young woman living in eighteenth century Ireland. One night as she was coming home from a party, Nano observed a group of poor people waiting outside of a church. This scene deeply touched her, persuading her to give up her lavish life and dedicate herself to helping the poor.

Nano set up schools for poor children who were not allowed to be educated, operating at night illegally. She was given the name “The Lady with the Lantern” and soon established a whole network of schools throughout Ireland.

When her uncle passed away, he left Nano with a large amount of money which she then put to good use building schools and continuing to help out those that needed it, rather than using the money to add to her own wealth.

She later founded the Sisters of the Presentation, who would ultimately go on to found Pres. She is a role model for all of us attending Presentation High School as well as one of the reasons we are able to get the education we are provided, and she should be honored appropriately.

However, the journey to becoming a saint isn’t as easy as a simple declaration from Pope Francis. Becoming a saint is a long process with many different criteria that an individual has to meet before even being considered.

According to an article written by Focus, the first step to becoming a saint is for the person’s local Bishop to investigate the person’s life and review what they have done. The Bishop then submits his findings to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

In Nano’s case, the Presentation Sisters have reviewed her life and are now asking people from all over the world that are familiar with Nano to write letters saying why they believe Nano is a good candidate for sainthood.

Here at Presentation, Campus Ministry, freshmen religion classes, and anyone else who wanted to participate wrote letters to ask for Nano Nagle to be considered for sainthood, according to Campus Minister Annalora Calin.

“In Peer Ministry last month we centered our whole prayer and faith sharing around Nano Nagle and the opportunity for education that each student here at Presentation has because of Nano,” says Calin.

The second step is for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to review what the Bishop (or the letters in this case) say, and decide whether or not the person is eligible for further review.

If the Congregation deems the person a good candidate, they launch their personal investigation and review into the life of the person.

The third step, if they deem the person a good candidate for sainthood, is for the Congregation to decide if the person lived a heroically virtuous life. If they declare that the person lived such a life, the person is now deemed Venerable. Pope Francis has already declared Nano Nagle Venerable, so this step has been completed.

However, being declared Venerable is just a small step in the process. By writing letters, the Presentation Sisters are hoping Nano Nagle will be further reviewed for the other steps.

The fourth step is for the person to be recognized as having gone to heaven. In order for this to happen, a miracle needs to have taken place through this person. However, at this point there have been no documented cases of a miracle happening through Nano, but the Presentation Sisters have petitioned everyone affiliated with Nano to pray for a miracle through her.

The miracle also has some criteria it needs to meet before it can be considered a true miracle. The miracle usually falls under the category of healing, and the healing must be complete and fairly instantaneous. In addition, there can be no medical or scientific explanation for the healing.

The final step is for a second miracle to be associated with the person up for sainthood. However, in some cases a second miracle is not needed and the person is declared a saint simply with one miracle, as was the case with Pope Francis declaring Pope John XXIII a saint with no second miracle.

“Students really feel a gratitude towards Nano and a connection the the unique sisterhood that is Presentation High School.  We are called to carry on her mission and while school can feel overwhelming at times – these students were tuning in to the great gift that their education is,” Calin says.