The heart of Presentation High School lies in the Catholic faith, rooted in the tradition of the Sisters of the Presentation and inspired by its foundress, Venerable Nano Nagle.

This tradition is nurtured by Campus Ministry, a program that provides our students, faculty and staff with opportunities to explore and grow in their faith and to become leaders who use their gifts to serve others.



Recommended Reading

The Name of God is Mercy Pope Francis

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion Fr. Gregory Boyle

Barking to the Choir:The Power of Radical Kinship  Father Gregory Boyle

A Spirituality of Living, Henri J.M. Nouwen

My Life with the Saints, James Martin, S.J.

God Loves an Unmade Bed: Spirituality for the Imperfect, Fr. Tom Allender

The Holy Longing, Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, Chris Lowney

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny, Laura Schroff

Jesus: A Pilgrimage, by James Martin, S.J.


Recommended Websites

Nano Nagle and the Presentation Order - Presentation’s Religious Studies Department Chair, Melissa Ursin, created this site, with comprehensive information about Nano Nagle’s life and mission.

Daily Readings - Scriptures from Daily Mass

The Spiritual Works of Mercy - A list of the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy and suggestions as to how to live them out in our daily lives

Sacred Space - Daily online prayer and reflections

Life’s Journey - Father Tom Allender’s website to help “make faith practical”

Saints - An online resource for Catholic saints, even a “Saint of the Day”

Pray As You Go -  A daily podcast of reflection designed to go wherever you go and to help you pray when you are commuting, traveling to school, or carpooling.  Lasting between 10-13 minutes, it combines music, scripture and some reflection questions.

Creighton University Online Retreat - Can’t get away for a retreat?  Try this online experience.

How to Pray the Rosary -  explanation and instructions for how to pray the rosary

Recommended Videos

”Jesus: A Pilgrimage”  - a conversation with Fr. Martin providing an introduction to his book

Mother Teresa’s Legacy - Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS\

Who Cares About the Saints? - Fr. James Martin introduces saints

Retreat Centers

Many times in the Gospel, Jesus breaks from the crowd to be alone and to take time for personal prayer and contemplation. Here are some local retreat centers that offer a variety of retreats:

Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos

Mercy Center, Burlingame

San Damiano, Danville

St. Francis Retreat Center, San Juan Bautista

Vallombrosa, Menlo Park

Villa Maria Retreat Center, Santa Cruz

Spiritual Direction

We encourage our faculty and staff to seek out a spiritual director with whom to share their faith journey and to explore a deeper spiritual life.  A spiritual director encourages a discussion about one’s prayer life, how he/she recognizes God in his/her life, and how the Spirit continues to work in his/her daily life.  Campus Ministers can offer spiritual direction or a list of spiritual directors can be obtained through the Mercy Center in Burlingame.

Faculty & Staff


At Presentation, our faculty and staff are deeply committed to teaching the whole child.  The Faculty/Staff Spirituality Program seeks to foster and support the spirituality and faith development of our faculty and staff.  Our goal is to provide resources and opportunities for the adult community to understand the Catholic faith and to explore one’s relationship with God.


Once a year the entire faculty and staff participate in a two-day retreat, focusing upon our Catholic identity and our school mission.  The first day provides opportunities for faculty and staff to reflect upon their faith and also what it means to be a Catholic school educator.  The second day is a day of service where faculty and staff follow Jesus’ example and the example of Nano Nagle by serving the poor.


Lisa Brunolli
Director of Campus Ministry
(408) 264-1664