Archival photographs, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary

A Safe Place to Learn

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

At first glance, this is a simple newsclipping from 1957.  It seems to be an ordinary photo of Sr. St. Ida instructing two students.  But if you read the caption, you will learn that these two students arrived at Rivier not simply to pursue professional goals, but to seek a safe haven from terror.

Far from being nondescript, this snapshot truly exemplifies the Sisters’ mission of “Transforming Hearts and Minds to Serve the World.”

Sister Ida and Hungarian Refugees

Medals, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary


“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” Aristotle

Below: A Silver Palmes Académiques Medallion, presented to Sr. Marie-Jeanne Ducharme, p.m., in 1986.

Palmes Academiques Award

Since 1808, The Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) has honored academics for their contributions to French education and culture.  Two of the Sisters of Presentation of Mary, Sr. Marie-Therese Loiselle and Sr. Marie-Jeanne Ducharme, were presented with this honor.

Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Uncategorized

“My Daughters will One Day Cross The Seas…”

img_20170201_104907173Rivier University is named in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.  Upon founding the order, she proclaimed that “My Daughters will One Day Cross the Seas.”  Today, The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary are found all over the world.

Pictured: Sr. Lorraine Arsenault, p.m., Archivist, displays a silkscreen depicting all the countries in which the Sisters are present.