The Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales respond to Christ’s call by giving themselves totally to him, freely and through love. Our charism flows from the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. For the Oblate Sister, it consists in offering herself to God in each of her actions. Our Sisters work in a variety of apostolates throughout the world, joining contemplation and prayer to an active apostolate, all done in the Salesian spirit of gentle strength.

“God has destined us to aid the church extensively. We will be instruments of his divine goodness that wants to reach souls through us. Our life must be completely apostolic, in union with our Savior who fills our souls with his charity.”

~Blessed Louis Brisson

Our Founders

Blessed Louis Brisson

Blessed Louis Brisson

Blessed Louis Brisson

Louis Brisson lived in France in the 19th century. As a diocesan priest, he was struck by the impact of the Industrial Revolution on young souls who were leaving their country homes and going to work in the cities. With the help of Léonie Aviat, he founded the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales to work with young ladies who were seeking jobs in the textile mills of Troyes.  The Sisters soon entered into the field of education. A few years later, he founded the Oblate Fathers and Brothers who were destined to direct schools in the Salesian spirit and to minister to the God’s people in parishes throughout the world, including extensive work in the Missions.

Louis Brisson was an entrepreneur, scientist and spiritual innovator who saw the needs of his time and applied the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales to meet the needs of those around him. He is the perfect model for the modern man who is seeking to integrate an authentic spiritual life with a life of service to our world.

Saint Léonie Aviat

Saint Léonie Aviat

Saint Léonie Aviat

Léonie Aviat attended the Visitation School in Troyes, where Mother Marie de Sales Chappuis and Father Louis Brisson exerted a profound influence on her. This helped to prepare her for the mission with which she was to be entrusted: the foundation of a congregation committed to Salesian spirituality and to the evangelization of young factory workers.

Léonie, who had earlier felt an attraction toward the contemplative life, was affected by the plight of young factory workers and felt herself called to the active apostolate. The new congregation of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales identified completely with the spirituality and the educational principles of the holy Bishop of Geneva. Under Léonie’s guidance, the community grew in number, the social apostolate unfolded and girls’ schools were opened. The apostolate of the Oblate Sisters extended to the different classes of society and to diverse forms of education, as well as to the Missions.  Today Saint Léonie shows each of us how to give ourselves wholehearted to others so that they can come to know and love Jesus and all those around them.

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Let Some Words from Our Salesian Saints Guide Your Way

God seems to want to use, for the renewal of the world, the spirit of St. Francis de Sales, which is particularly apt in our time. Let us be careful to spread it to all those we encounter. If we succeed in saving only one soul, that will be something great for it is no small thing to give a soul to God.
Blessed Louis Brisson
It is a great happiness to forget oneself in order to make God known, loved and served.
St. Léonie Aviat
The Eucharist is the source of all blessings for our soul; it is from it that the soul draws the life and strength it needs…The Savior wants to give himself to us so that we, in turn, may be able to give ourselves entirely to him, without any reservations, and in all the moments of our life.
Blessed Louis Brisson
Go often to rest your heart near the tabernacle. Preserve interiorly a spirit of calm and tranquility that you must communicate to others so that all of us may strive to work in the sight of God and for His holy love. Serve God and your dear neighbor well each day. When we work for others, Our Lord thinks of us and His grace does not fail us.
St. Léonie Aviat