Presentation of Mary Academy
Presentation of Mary Academy is a private co-educational Catholic school founded and owned by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. The Academy dates back to 1926 when an all-girls elementary and boarding high school was established in Hudson, New Hampshire. The sisters purchased the present 90 acres of land to build an elementary and secondary school in southern New Hampshire. After several years of growth, these pioneering educators expanded their mission and founded Rivier University across the river in Nashua, NH. In 1990, the high school closed to accommodate the spatial requirements of an expanding elementary school.
In 2009, Presentation of Mary expanded its educational system to include programs for three and four-year-old children. In 2011 the academy built an athletic field superior to any in the area. The Thompson Center for Athletics and Performing Arts was completed in 2018. Today, Presentation of Mary Academy continues its tradition of growth and educational excellence. School enrollment presently stands at over 500 students, and continues to grow through the commitment of an outstanding faculty and staff, and a dedicated partnership with parents, alumni and benefactors.
Presentation of Mary Academy, a private Catholic school, recognizes that every student is a child of God. We are committed to helping all children develop academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally by nurturing their unique gifts and talents. In the footsteps of Anne-Marie Rivier, the foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, we prepare our students as Catholic leaders, ethical individuals, and lifelong learners.
Marie Joseph Spiritual Center
Nestled along Maine’s southern coast, Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, owned and operated by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, offers a spiritual haven for many. Refreshment for spirit, mind and body is available for persons seeking a sacred space, silence, healing and a deeper relationship with their God. The Center’s sustaining inspiration and zeal find their roots in that of the Congregation’s foundress, Blessed Marie Rivier, whose desire was “to make Jesus Christ known and loved everywhere”.
The Center welcomes persons of all faith traditions who value time for reflection in the peaceful presence of a praying community. Guests are welcomed to Morning and Evening Prayer as well as daily Eucharist when a priest is available. Once a week there is adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Two dining rooms afford the choice of a silent meal or one where conversation is shared. In addition to welcoming retreatants, the Center’s staff designs and hosts programs fostering themes on spiritual growth, healing and support.
The Congregation of the Presentation of Mary has offered a calming, peaceful presence since 1948 when a young women’s boarding school flourished on this seaside site. Its transformation into a spiritual center took place in 1978. The building dates back to the late 1800’s, when the Ocean View Hotel was established in Biddeford Pool. While no longer a vacation resort, Marie Joseph Spiritual Center continues a tradition of offering hospitality in the context of spiritual nurturance.
Nursing Home Chaplaincy
One of our sisters ministers at St. Teresa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a licensed health care center for individuals needing skilled nursing care. At the nursing home, her responsibilities include updating medical records, performing secretarial duties, and sharing her faith in chaplaincy services.
A handful of our sisters serve as spiritual directors. The Ministry of Spiritual Direction has played an important role throughout the history of the Church. As people begin seeking God, desiring a growing relationship with God, or are struggling to make decisions and choices in line with God’s will, they often turn to someone with whom they can speak about their spiritual journey. Spiritual Direction provides an opportunity for people to have a conversation with someone who will listen deeply and unconditionally, listening in a way that helps them to really hear themselves and to listen to God present and active in their lives. The “director” in Spiritual Direction is the Holy Spirit.
MARIE RIVIER ASSOCIATION AND LAY CONSECRATED PERSONS
Marie Rivier Association
The Marie Rivier Association provides an opportunity for women and men to share in the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, according to the spirit of their foundress, Blessed Marie Rivier. It challenges its members to live their Christian vocation to holiness and their mission of evangelization in the Church, while remaining in their present state of life.
Consecrated Women and Men of the Presentation of Mary, dedicate their lives to God through celibacy, prayer, community and service. In 2003 two women came looking for the “More”! All they had to bring were the little “loaves and fishes” of their lives. God took them, blessed them, and multiplied them! Today twelve members are consecrated and others are journeying towards consecration! They participate in gatherings permeated with prayer, scripture, adoration, Eucharist and fellowship.