Monastery 3020 N. Ballas Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63131 314-625-9235
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Saint Louis Visitation Monastery Mission Statement
We, the Sisters of the
Saint Louis Visitation, have come from seven different houses to
live in a community whose primary focus for nearly 181 years has
been prayer and the education of women in the Salesian
tradition. Historically, we have responded to
Today, we seek to mold our own future by incorporating our
education and experiences into the contemporary culture so as to
deepen our relationship with God and to contribute to the good
of our neighbor.
We need courage to risk ongoing renewal as a faith community
growing in trust in God, love of one another, and appreciation
of our differences. As a prayerful community bonded by
love and forgiveness, we search for new life in our charism by
living Jesus' compassion.
Association of Christian Faithful
In 2003, recognizing that religious vocations were declining and
the laity's increasing call to ministry, the Sisters developed
the Saint Louis Visitation Association of Christian Faithful
(ACF) to share their mission and help carry forward the
The Association of Christian Faithful is an association composed
of the Sisters, members of our Visitation family, and priests
from the Saint Louis Archdiocese whose essential purpose and
role at Visitation is to work side-by-side with the Sisters to
continue their 181 year tradition of instilling the Visitation
charism at the Academy.
Come to Mass, meet ACF members and
visit with the Sisters.
Check this website often for current
information. More anniversary events are planned to honor
the Sisters' work, determination and faith dedicated to forming
the ACF over the past 10 years.
Jesus Day -
a half day of Salesian reflection and prayer
Visitation Landmarks Tour - join the Sisters and ACF members in
a guided tour of former sites of Visitation Academy
Mission of the Saint Louis Visitation Association of the
Christian Faithful (ACF)
Our mission is to serve side-by-side with
the Visitation Sisters to preserve and promote their Catholic
Salesian mission of Living Jesus into the future. We make
a deep commitment to a life of love and prayer in the spirit of
St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal by serving God and
our neighbor in humility, gentleness and liberty of spirit as
Mary did at the Visitation. We dedicate ourselves to
ongoing and in-depth Salesian study so that we may understand
the charism and embody the teachings of St. Jane and St. Francis
to the best of our ability. The ACF is dedicated to the
life-long study of Salesian spirituality in order to be prepared
to assume the Sisters' responsibilities in the school and the
MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I Place My Trust in You!
CONFIDENCE TO THE SACRED HEART
Lord Jesus, to your Sacred Heart I entrust
Look upon me, then do as your Heart thinks
I trust You. I count on your mercy.
Lord Jesus, You will not fail me.
I believe in your love for me.
May your kingdom come!
Lord Jesus, I have asked for many favors,
but I earnestly beg for this one.
Take it, place it in your Sacred Heart.
Then it will be no longer my prayer but yours, O Jesus.
Our Lord appeared to Saint Margaret Mary, He showed her His
Sacred Heart on fire with love for all mankind, surmounted by a
cross and circled by a crown of thorns. He said to her,
"Behold the Heart that has so loved men." He then
complained that of all the souls for whom He had been born,
suffered, and died, there were so very few who ever thought of
Him, loved Him, or thanked Him.
The act of making up to Our Lord by our love
for all the wrongs committed against Him by those who do not
think of Him, love Him, or thank Him, is called REPARATION.
A wonderful way to show our love for Our Lord is to offer at
least one act of REPARATION every day. When we want to
pray for someone, or to make a novena for some special
intention, what more beautiful novena prayer can we offer than
an act of REPARATION to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for someone
who is in sin or forgets Him?
How can we offer REPARATION? Any one of the
following acts will draw us very close to the Sacred Heart, for it
will be giving Him love for love.
Go to Mass for someone who is unable to
Receive Holy Communion for someone who may
not receive Our Lord in Holy Communion.
Visit the Blessed Sacrament in place of
someone for whom Our Lord waits patiently.
Say the rosary and ask the help of our
Blessed Mother for someone who does not say it.
Give a little time to help with work at home
or assist someone who is tired, discouraged or overburdened.
Do something for those in need.
Say something kind and encouraging to someone
we seldom speak to, doing this for someone who speaks in anger
Make aspirations of love to Our Lord and our
Blessed Mother, for those who do not pray.
Make acts of hope and faith for those who are
tempted and in great trial.
Do an unpleasant task cheerfully, for someone
who cannot bear his or her cross.
The Archconfraternity of Reparation
was established in the Monastery of the Visitation,
Saint Louis, Missouri with the approval of
His Holiness Pope Leo XIII by rescript of August 4, 1899.
ACADEMY & MONASTERY
CELEBRATE 179th FOUNDATION DAY
On May 3, 1833, the Academy of the Visitation
and Monastery was founded in Kaskaskia, IL. In 2012 we
celebrate our 179th anniversary. This special day in our
history is traditionally observed with Upper and Lower School
Masses, Prayer Services or Assemblies. Afterwards the
Sisters pass out "gummy worms" to the students to commemorate
one of the more colorful challenges the eight founding Sisters
encountered in their journey to reach Kaskaskia.
On the final leg of their trip from Georgetown,
the Sisters crossed the Mississippi River from Missouri into
Illinois. First person accounts tell of the Sisters
"sitting in a ferryboat that took them across the river.
They sat dangerously close to the brown water. Green
caterpillars covered its surface around the boat." The
Sisters were familiar with the Potomac because of its nearness
to their Georgetown Monastery. But the mighty Mississippi
was twice as wide and much more dangerous to cross. "Gummy
worm" candies illustrate our early history to students in an
entertaining and colorful way.
Sister Mary Grace '60, along with the other
Sisters, helps with this fun activity. She wears the
traditional Visitation habit throughout Foundation Day.
Students not familiar with the full habit enjoy listening to
Sister. Here, she visits with a Kindergarten class on
Aloysia's 85th Birthday Celebration
Over the April 30th weekend, relatives of
Sister Aloysia travelled from Maryland, Michigan and
Pennsylvania to Saint Louis to help celebrate her 85th birthday.
Sister had a marvelous time visiting with everyone since it had
been several years since her last visit with them. Highlights of
the weekend included a visit to the Arch and a wonderful
birthday party planned by Sister Veronica and the Community.
Sister Aloysia commented, "It was a glorious weekend. We
had so many laughs while playing board games."
Sister Aloysia is from Washington, DC.
She attended the Academy of the Visitation in Frederick, MD from
5th grade until her graduation in 1942. Sister entered the
Frederick Monastery December 8, 1943 and was professed in 1945.
She transferred to the Saint Louis Monastery in 1968.
Sister Aloysia taught elementary level science for many years
while also serving as Monastery Infirmarian. While in this
position, she attended and was graduated from Missouri Baptist
Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Sister
served as Infirmarian for 34 years. She currently helps in
the Upper School Library and enjoys reading.
L-R: June, niece; Mickey, sister; Marsha,
niece; Mabel, sister; Helen, sister-law-law; Sr. Aloysia and
Lucy, sister. Not pictured: Diane, niece and Ryan,
Visitation sisters from 6 different
U.S. monasteries travel to Annecy, France
In honor of the
foundation of the Visitation a pilgrimage to Annecy and other
places of interest occurred in July of 2009.
This cross marks the place where Castle de
Sales stood. Here Francis de Sales had his vision of a
long line of women who would serve God.
These sisters are from the Visitation
Monasteries in Saint Louis, MO; Minneapolis, MN; Mendota
Heights, MN; Washington, DC; Brooklyn, NY and Tyringham, MA
Our own Sister Mary Grace
is pictured third from left in the back row.