It is with much sadness that I must officially announce the departure of the Presentation Sisters from the Diocese of Birmingham. This includes our dear Sisters Maura and Mary as well as Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sr. LeAnn Welch. On January 5, 2008, I received a letter from the Provincial informing me of the decision of the Presentation Provincial Council. The letter read (in part):
"It is with extreme regret that we wish to inform you that we will be withdrawing the presence of Sr. Maura Sampson from St. Patrick Parish, as of June 2008. At that time we will be terminating the presence of the Presentation Sisters in the Diocese of Birmingham after 50 years of dedication of the Presentation Congregation to Catholic Education...Both sisters are deserving of a sabbatical. It is with great sadness that we have made this decision, as it will be the culmination of many happy years of our ministering in the Diocese of Birmingham."
Please pray for the Sisters as they take this next step in their ministry.