For centuries, the Visitation Sisters have served as quiet examples of Salesian Spirituality as they taught, prayed, and led the school with faith, vision, and purpose. Salesian Spirituality was something that was felt. It was lived. It was passed down. Yet it was not clearly defined, studied, or celebrated. The St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center aims to change that.
“When I entered Visitation many years ago, we did not name Salesian Spirituality. But we saw it lived by the Sisters: the kindness, the gentleness, the pleasant demeanor, optimism, all those kinds of things that are so positive.”
-Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan ’48 & ’50
It’s a workshop. It’s a prayer. It’s a class. It’s a day of outreach. It’s reading, studying and contemplating over lunch, breakfast, or maybe even a morning stroll with friends. It’s exploring what bigger truths can be garnered from reading the words of St. Jane de Chantal and St. Francis de Sales. The St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center helps the community know and understand our Salesian roots in a purposeful and clear way. It will help today’s and tomorrow’s students build the solid faith foundation and enduring values they need to ground and inspire them in today’s rapidly changing and morally complex world.
“The vision for the St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center is as simple as it is profound: to create a place to preserve the Sisters’ spiritual legacy. Now is the time for us to ensure that their legacy endures and flourishes (for generations to come).”
-Olivia Wills Kane ’85, Director St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center
Olivia Wills Kane ’85, Director of the Center, is developing programs that inform the community, rooting it in a real working knowledge of Salesian Spirituality, what it is, and how to live it. Susan Nalezyty, is the new Archival Associate, working to catalog and digitize the school and Monastery’s vast array of historical materials, with the goal of making them accessible to a wider audience.
“Since we carry God in our hearts and God carries us, we automatically want to share that with all the people around us, all those generations.”
-Sr. Mada-anne Gell