The lantern has become the symbol of the transformative nature of the Spirit at work in the life of Nano Nagle and her followers. It symbolises light in the darkness of fear, ignorance and despair; hope in the face of overpowering injustice and oppression; and the power of small acts of human kindness against the tide of poverty and neglect. You will see the symbol of the Lantern as you enter the office and in many of the classrooms around the school.
This was a gift to St John Vianney’s Primary, Manly, from the Presentations Sisters at Manly. This icon hangs in the Nano Nagle Centre. Below is a description of the symbolic meaning for each panel.
Left Side Panel
This icon portrays Nano Nagle as eternally young. It is a picture about life, in particular spiritual life. The great spiral encircling Nano’s head stands for God the Father.
The arms of Christ sweeps downwards behind her and all around her are many wings, passing through her, to become the birdlike shape of the Holy Spirit bearing what we call the seven gifts of the Spirit.
On the wide collar of Nano’s gown is the new symbol of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is Celtic a design.
The downward thrust in the icon symbolises God forever reaching down to God’s people. Through Nano, God brought light and warmth to the people of Cork.
Right Side Panel