The Visitation Salesian Network exists to work collaboratively with the Visitation Schools run by the Second Federation of the Visitation of Holy Mary so that all may experience the Visitation way of living the Christian life, of “Living Jesus.” In the United States, the first school sponsored by the Visitation Sisters began in 1799 in Georgetown.  Currently, Visitation schools exist in five locations:  Georgetown, Washington D.C.;  St. Louis, MO, Frederick, ML; Brooklyn, NY and Mendota Heights, MN.   Together, these schools comprise the Visitation Salesian Network.    Our purpose is to facilitate the formation of dedicated lay women and men to teach and assume leadership which will continue the Visitation Spirit in each affiliated school community through the gospel-based teachings of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal.

Our Founders

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

Blossoming from their great spiritual friendship, Saints Jane de Chantal and Francis de Sales established the order of the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary (VHM) in Annecy, France in 1610.

The message of St. Francis de Sales in his key work, An Introduction to the Devout Life, is strong and clear: the laity are called to a life of commitment and a relationship with God in all the moments of daily life.  St. Jane de Chantal sought to live this life, especially after losing her husband in a hunting accident which left her to raise four children.  As her children grew, Jane was drawn to a more contemplative life of service which spawned the Visitation Order.

The writings of the Saints Jane and St. Francis are replete with sound advice for dealing with human relationships and the challenges of life, situations readily adaptable for those engaged in educating the young people of the 21st Century.

St. Jane de Chantal

St. Jane de Chantal

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Let Some Words from Our Salesian Saints Guide Your Way

Let us be who we are and be that well, in order to bring honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork we are.
St. Francis de Sales
Lead those in your care with a kind and understanding heart; give them a holy liberty of spirit and remove from your mind and theirs any unhealthy spirit of constraint.
St. Jane de Chantal
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
St. Francis de Sales
If you wish to acquire the spirit of the Visitation, you must avoid all over-eagerness, doing all in a spirit of gentleness and fidelity, thinking of attaining your goal in God’s time, not your own.
St. Jane de Chantal