For more than four centuries, Visitation Sisters throughout the world have striven to live the Gospel of Jesus in accordance with the spirit of their Founders, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal.  The Order’s individual houses in America are divided into two groups: the First and Second Federations of Visitation Monasteries.

Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary—First Federation

As a contemplative community, the Visitation Sisters desire to seek only God and tend continually to union with Him. They live in a spirit of profound humility toward God and of great gentleness toward the neighbor in simplicity and joy.

Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary—Second Federation

The Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary are dedicated to a life of contemplative prayer lived in community, rooted in the gospel account of Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth.  They live selfless giving and openness to others in their work in their educational ministries, retreat programs, and ministry of presence.

Our Founders

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, a Bishop, was a man of vision and holiness. His  classic work, The Introduction to the Devout Life, can help a searcher begin to live a spiritual life.

St. Francis believed that all are called to lives of holiness  to be lived, not in grandiose ways, but quite simply by being who you are in the best way possible, and by integrating the ordinary everyday responsibilities in your life with an extraordinary fidelity. He encourages us to live in the spirit of the gospel by fostering  simplicity, gentleness, humility, patience, liberty of spirit, joy, optimism, graciousness, interiority, and faithful response to the will of God as presented in the realities of daily living. This helps a searcher to grow in holiness.

St. Jane de Chantal

St. Jane de Chantal

St. Jane de Chantal

St. Jane de Chantal was a woman of prayer and tremendous faith born in the crucible of great human suffering. She is an encouraging model for young single women, married women, and for those in religious life. She grew in holiness in all paths of life, and allowed pain and suffering to mold her somewhat impetuous spirit into one of gentle strength. St. Jane de Chantal was also a competent woman had a good mind for business while remaining sensitive to those in need. A woman searching to deepen her spiritual life will find many examples to contemplate in St. Jane’s life.

Follow the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary, First and Second Federation

First Federation
Second Federation

Let Some Words from Our Salesian Saints Guide Your Way

“When the time comes to present ourselves before God’s divine goodness, to speak to God face to face, which is what we call prayer, simply the presence of our spirit before God and God’s before ours forms prayer whether or not we have fine thoughts or feelings . . . God is touched with the prayer of a soul so simple, humble, and surrendered to God’s will.”
St. Jane de Chantal
“Simplicity is nothing else than an act of pure and simple charity, having one only aim and end, which is to acquire the love of God, and our soul is simple when in all that we do or desire we have no other aim.”
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
“Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”
St. Francis de Sales