Nagle, Nano

Nagle, Nano foundress of the Presentation order, was born at Ballygriffin, on the banks of the Blackwater, Ireland, in 1728. She was educated in Paris, and while in that city, in 1750, resolved to devote herself to the poor children of her native country. She privately opened schools, first in Dublin and then at Cork. She afterwards assumed the habit of the Ursulines; but since that order undertakes principally the education of the children of the wealthier classes, Miss Nagle left them, and recruited new auxiliaries, who became the root of a new order which was approved after her death by pope Pius VI, in 1791. She also established an asylum for aged females, and the splendid building in the neighborhood of the South Presentation Convent, Cork, is the result of her work. There were in 1873 fifty convents of the Presentation order in Ireland. Miss Nagle died April 26, 1784. See (N.Y.) Cath. Almanac, 1874, page 83; De Courcy and Shea, Hist. of the Cath. Church in the U.S. page 368; Life of Miss Nano Nagle, by the late Reverend Dr. Coppinger (Dublin, 1843); Dublin. Review, 1844, page 363.

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