Visitation Academy is the ministry of the Sisters of the Visitation, whose way of life expresses the spirituality of the founders of their order, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. These saints encouraged all to “Live Jesus” with optimism, gentleness, joy, humility and inner freedom. The mission of the Academy mirrors Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth: her acceptance of Jesus in her own life and her commitment to carry Him to others. Students strive to “Live Jesus” by reflecting Christ’s gentle strength in their daily interactions and, as alumnae, carry this philosophy into the world as responsible citizens.
This receiving and sharing of the Lord is our model as a community. We seek to recognize each student as unique and to help each realize his/her potential. We challenge each person to develop self-discipline rooted in inner strength and gentleness as well as awareness of self and of others.
Through curricular and extracurricular activities, we provide opportunities that promote spirituality and integrity, critical thinking and scholarship, leadership and service, global awareness, responsibility and respect for life and the environment. Members of the Visitation Community help the student develop identity and become integrated persons embodying Christian values.
Before each class or prayer, the words of St. Francis are repeated, “Let us place ourselves in the presence of God….”
Below is an oral presentation by Sister Marie Therese Ruthmann, VHM ’50 on the Charism of the Sisters of the Visitation.