In 1874, Mother Vincent Hennessy ventured out from the Presentation convent in Mooncoin, Ireland, with three young women, to teach the immigrant children in Dubuque, IA. Although little is known about Mother Vincent, she inspired others to live out the Presentation motto, Caritas (charity). Though beginnings were difficult, faith was strong and the Dubuque Presentation community flourished. In 1988, Presentation sisters from around the world united to form the International Presentation Association. They truly became a global organization in the spirit of their foundress, whose vision had always had a missionary dimension. In a letter to a friend in 1769, Nano wrote: If I could be of any service in saving souls in any part of the globe, I would willingly do all in my power. The legacy of the Lady of the Lantern has become a compelling call to follow the flame of God's love and justice.