Holy Week Schedule

The Triduum of Holy Days, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil Mass at Brooklyn Visitation Monastery will be celebrated by a Redemptorist Father in our Sacred Heart Chapel.

Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Good Friday      April 18, 2014 at 3:00PM

Holy Saturday   April 19, 2014 at 7:30PM

Easter Sunday Mass will be at 9:00AM

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The BEAUTY of a Visitandine Monastic Life

Monastic Beauty: It may be stark, or it may be rich. It will touch your five senses and it will enfold your soul.

Monastic life, monastic environment, monastic prayer, monastic horarium, monastic music, monastic architecture all nourish the spiritual life of the soul, layered as abundantly as creation’s mountains and valleys, alternating with light and darkness, the sun and the moon.

Monastic life at its best is steady with routine and pierced by surprises, filled with the Presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament under the monastic roof.

Visitandine monastic life is symbolized by the violet. Gentleness pervades every movement, humility stills the heart.

Engrossing flames of the purest love of Jesus’ Most Sacred Heart engulfs the Sisters’ Hearts and from there spill over the monastic walls to touch the hearts of all.

The unique chant of the Vistandine’s Liturgy of the Hours are a soft thrill to ear and soul, and invisibly the words pour forth TRUTH and vibrate goodness, overcoming evil.

Private prayer unites the Visitandine with Christ in a delicate union and the Spiritual Directory makes each moment of the day, each exterior and interior action, cushioned in a specific prayer and disposition.

Safely ensconced in the Heart of the Lord, the Visitandine may face any storm of life, any tragedy, any loss with peace.

Monastic Beauty combines a life style with an environment soaked in the goodness,  truth and justice of God Himself.

For an example of a full monastic , Visitandine day, we reference these posts:





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Blessed Mother’s Yes and Ours

Mary’s “Yes” to her Vocation can Inspire us to Reply “Yes” to Ours

As we focus on our own vocations in life, let us remember the simple woman who responded perfectly to God’s call for her life! In fact, many parallels can be made between Mary’s calling and our own callings from God. In his homily given on the feast of the Annunciation, 1621, St. Francis de Sales preached on religious life:

“The dedication which young ladies make of their hearts to the Divine Majesty they would never have had the desire to make if the Sovereign Spouse of their souls had not drawn them and assisted them with His grace.”

Comparing religious life to Our Lady’s vocation,  St Francis says she was alone in her room when the Angel came to greet her and bring her the news of the Incarnation to take place within her. Likewise,

“What do religious do but remain in their cells and enjoy conversation with their Spouse.They retire into the depths of their hearts where they live in solitude”

Let us draw courage from Mary’s “Fiat”, to make our own “yes” to God’s will. Please read our article, “The Call at the Annunciation.”

For reflection:

  • At the Annunciation, God’s will was made know very clearly through Gabriel! Although our vocational callings are often more subtle, in what ways we can better open our ears – and hearts – to hear God’s will? Particularly in Lent, how can we answer God’s call?
  • Meditate on the scene which took place during the Annunciation. What emotions do you imagine Mary experiencing?
  • Shortly after the Annunciation, Mary travels to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who already knows the good news! Do we celebrate with joy once we recognize God’s call in our lives?

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This Lenten week of March brings us TWO jubilees of our Sisters to celebrate!

Sister Mary Antonia has been Professed 57 years

and Sister Mary Cecilia has been professed 10 years.

May the Lord, the Spouse of their hearts and souls, enfold them in the warmth of His Sacred Heart.

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Lenten Retreats

Refresh your soul before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, adore Him in the Monstrance, praise the Father in the Divine Office, petition Our Lady during the Rosary.

Make the Stations of the Cross in choir, Chapel or outdoors in the cloistered gardens.

Join the Sisters for meals and prayer.

Whether you are a married woman, single, a college student, working mom or Senior Citizen, you are welcome to a monastic Lenten retreat at the Brooklyn Visitation Monastery.

View our Retreat Video here:


Call 718 745 5151 to make a reservation. For First-time retreatants, a letter of reference is required for an overnight stay.


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Vocation Discernment

The Vocation Discernment Program is active and vibrant in our Monastery!

Just completing a 6 day visit was a young woman from Scotland. Upcoming retreats include two women from Queens, NY and a hopeful entrant next October from Kentucky.

Some inquirers from Connecticut and Florida have begun a more remote discernment journey with us.Our Brooklyn Monastery seems to be attracting women from many geographical areas.

Most central to our life is our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. His blazing Love captures hearts!

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National Catholic Sisters Week

The Joy of the Visitation Overflows in Our Lives

March 8 -14th is the newly designated National Catholic Sisters Week!

The purpose of this week is to increase awareness for religious Sisters:

“National Catholic Sisters Week is launching the second week of March as part of National Women’s History Month. It is intended to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. It recognizes past and present sisters, from the movers and shakers pressing the front lines of social change to the faithful praying in cloistered chapels.”

All religious orders find joy in living as brides of Christ, but as Visitation Sisters, joy is especially important to our order! The very story of the Visitation is one where John the Baptist leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. Elizabeth welcomes Mary in joy, and in joy Mary sings her “Magnificat” of praise to God, her savior.

Please read our article, “Sisters Share the JOY of a Visitation Vocation”.

For reflection:

  • What are ways to recognize or honor Religious Sisters during National Catholic Sisters week? Are religious sisters often overlooked?
  • What is the significance of the Visitation? Why would an entire religious order be named after this event?
  • Look up the Canticle of Zechariah in Luke 1:68-79. What similarities do you see compared to Mary’s Magnificat Canticle?


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Preparing for Lent

Lent: Fuel Up for the Rest of the Year

Ash Wednesday will soon be here, bringing us into the Lenten season.Traditionally, Catholics have practiced prayer, fasting, penance, and almsgiving during Lent as ways to grow closer to Christ, and better model their lives after him. Will this Lent be a fruitful one for you?

St. Francis de Sales writes,

“Lent is the autumn of the spiritual life during which we gather fruit to keep us going for the rest of the year. Enrich yourselves with these treasures, which nobody can take away from you and which cannot be destroyed. I am accustomed to say that we will not spend Lent well unless we are determined to make the most of it. Let us, therefore, spend this Lent as if it were our last, and we will make it well. Listen to the sermons, because holy words are pearls; they are ships of infinite mercy – the true ocean of the East.”

Indeed, he makes a good point that the four practices will not make us holy if our heart is not involved. In this excerpt from St. Francis’ sermon for Ash Wednesday, the saint reminds us,

“Prepare yourselves to fast with charity, for if your fast is performed without it, it will be vain and useless, since fasting, like all other good works, is not pleasing to God unless it is done in charity and through charity. When you discipline yourself, when you say long prayers, if you have not charity, all that is nothing. Even though you should work miracles, if you have not charity, they will not profit you at all.”


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Year of Consecrated Life

The Vatican and Pope Francis have designated October 2014-November 2015 at the Year for Consecrated Life.

The three objectives of the Year of Consecrated Life are: gratefully remembering the recent past, HOPE, and living the present passionately.

Our Brooklyn community will be planning to enter into this year in a welcoming spirit, and we will post the events and retreats that will represent our engagement with the Holy Father’s celebration of religious life.

Look for these notices as well as a deeper sharing of our Founders’ vision and charism in the months ahead!

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