Sisters Renew Vows on Feast of the Presentation

On Friday, November 21st, the glorious Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady, Visitandines around the world will renew their holy vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. In Brooklyn, we will renew our vows during the 7:15AM Mass.

As the Oblate Father Alexander Pocetto OSFS put it, “By renewing our vows, we become more aware of how essential it is, with the help of Jesus, to cleanse the temples or our bodies so as to give fitting worship and praise to God. It is a strong reminder that commitment and fidelity are values that are meant to last..”

“Francis de Sales insists that perfection consists in struggling against our imperfections. As long as we are willing to continue fighting, then we will be victorious; we will be winners. In his sermon on the Presentation of our Lady, he gives a word of encouragement to those early Visitandines and to us on this occasion. “For this custom of renewing our vows,” he says, “can repair any faults we may have committed when we first made them” (Sermons on Our Lady, p. 43).

Read Father Pocetto’s article ” T0 Make Beautiful Music Together” and grow in your appreciation of this blessed tradition.

http://web1.desales.edu/assets/salesian/PDF/ATP-VowObedience.pdf

Posted in Monastery Events, Vocations | Leave a comment

Brooklyn Visitation Sister Featured on Vocation Poster

See if you can find our Sister!

Poster-Year-of-Consecrated-Life_flyer

Posted in Monastery News, Vocations | Leave a comment

Sister Anne Marie Featured in Book

Brooklyn Visitation Monastery’s Sister Anne Marie Young, VHM, was interviewed and included in Patrick McNamara’s book on New York Catholics, pages 178-180.

In the section of the book called “Contemporary Voices” Sister Anne Marie, who has been in the Monastery the longest among the current membership, for 67 years, shares about the life, location, ministry and call to vocation in this oasis of prayer.

She said, ” A monastery is like a light in the darkness… It’s a joyful place”.

Sister Anne Marie also advised to those considering a vocation here, ” You have to love prayer. If you don’t love prayer, you won’t stay here very long. You have to love God very much and be sure it’s what you want.”

This book which contains bios of 72 New York Catholics, deceased and living, can be obtained from Orbis Books.

 

 

Posted in Monastery News, Vocations | Leave a comment

New Postulant

On the glorious Feast of All Saints, our community welcomed a new postulant with these words:

Live + Jesus

Welcome Kim  to the Postulancy


St. Francis de Sales said in one of his letters, “ Conduct and hold your spirit fast to the glorious paths of the heavenly Jerusalem, where from every side you hear the praises of God resounding.

Look at the variety of saints and find out how they arrived in heaven. You will learn that the apostles got there especially through love, the martyrs through their constancy, the doctors through meditation, the confessors through mortification, the virgins through purity of heart, but all of them through humility.”

 

As you begin your postulancy with all of us in the Brooklyn Visitation Monastery, Kim, you will recognize that as St Francis also said, “ the opportunity to do great things does not come very often, but at every moment we can do little acts with great love.”

You will receive grace to bear patiently the small trials of everyday life, those inconveniences that give us the chance to show God that we really love Him.

 

A prayer for this great Solemnity of All Saints says in part, “We celebrate the festival of this city, the heavenly Jerusalem…towards her we eagerly hasten as pilgrims advancing by faith..”

As “pilgrims advancing by faith” we look to the saints today to guide you, especially our Founders-Saints Francis de Sales, St. Jane de Chantal and St. Margaret Mary.

 

It is providential that members of our community first met you when we were literally pilgrims, with you, on a pilgrimage to Annecy in France, our Holy Source, where our Saintly Founders are laid to rest. That pilgrimage anticipated this current one.

 

Now you continue your religious pilgrimage here in Brooklyn, leaving behind your native region of the USA to come to be within an oasis of prayer in this large city.

 

As you begin your postulancy, may the Sacred Heart of Jesus enfold you, as all of our hearts intercede for your vocational fidelity and growth. Know that you have the support of your Novice Directress, Sr Mary Pauline, each of your novitiate companions, all the Professed Sisters and myself.

 

May your heart be blessed and may you rejoice with the Saints today, as they accompany you in new beginnings.

 

May God be praised!

Posted in Monastery Events, Monastery News, Vocations | 1 Comment

Candidate’s First Week in the Monastery

The beautiful Feast of St. Margaret Mary was Kim’s entrance day. How has  she spent her first week?

Adjusting, of course, getting to know our names and living the daily, New York – paced rhythm of our Monastery!

Her postulancy will begin in November and in the meantime, Kim is reading about our Founder, St. Francis de Sales, using the biography written by Father Andre Ravier, SJ.

She has been assigned to the silent and sacred work in the Sacristy, guided by the Sisters there who prayerfully perform their duties and instruct her in all the many details it involves.

Please continue to pray for her spiritual journey!

 

 

Posted in Monastery News, Vocations | Leave a comment

Photo Clips of the Procession on St Margaret Mary’s Feast

As one member of the congregation, a mom with a young daughter in our Visitation Academy said, “This Mass and procession has been so moving. My daughter will never forget it.”

And the student said ” I am going to tell my whole class!”

If you were not able to be there on October 16th  for our celebration of St Margaret Mary’s Feast,  perhaps these pictures will enable you to feel the spirit of this evening of worship.

 

 

Posted in Monastery Events, Monastery News | Leave a comment

New Entrant Arrives on the Feast of St Margaret Mary

Her journey took her from the South.. to the Midwest.. to Manhattan and finally to the shores of Brooklyn, where our Monastery is located not far from New York Harbor and the Verrazano Bridge.

On this glorious Feast of our Saint-Sister, St. Margaret Mary, the Lord’s Sacred Heart opens to receive Kim as a hope-filled candidate to the Visitation here.

Tonight as we celebrate Mass, process with the Blessed Sacrament and venerate a relic of the Saint, we ask blessings on each of those present and especially Kim who has left all that is familiar to follow Jesus.

Please pray for her as she begins her journey.

More to come!

 

Posted in Monastery Events, Monastery News, Vocations | 1 Comment

Cloistered Sisters Take a Walk with Jesus and a Saint

Posted in Guard of Honor, Monastery Events, Salesian Feast Days, Vocations | Leave a comment

25th Jubilee!

Back in the 1980′s when vocations were scarce a courageous woman from Long Island entered our community.

On the Feast of the Archangels she will celebrate her 25th anniversary of her Holy Profession.

Pray for Sister Rosemarie as she remains faithful and committed to her religious vocation!

Posted in Monastery Events | Leave a comment

159th Foundation Anniversary September 24th

The Brooklyn Monastery of the Visitation will be celebrating its 159 anniversary next week!

Last year we provided the general history of our community. http://brooklynvisitationmonastery.org/sept-24th-158th-anniversary-of-brooklyn-visitation-monastery/

This year we’d like to focus on some of the well-known religious and clergy who have visited the Monastery; especially in our early days.

One renowned Visitor was His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons, who visited the Monastery several times when located on Clinton Avenue. He paid a visit on his way to Rome to receive his red hat!

An earlier visitor to the Johnson St address of the Visitation was the daughter of St. Elizabeth Seton, herself a Sister of Mercy, Mother Catherine Seton of New Jersey, who graced our Parlor way back in 1877.

The “martyr-priest” Father Leo Heinricks, O.F.M., celebrated the Mass several times in our  community and in 1905 and 1906 came to both the reception of the habit and Holy Profession of his former penitent, Sister Mary Fidelis Mitchell. After being transferred to Denver, Colorado, Father Leo was assassinated at Mass and favors have been received through his intercession.

These are just a few of the interesting visitors who have enriched the lives of the Visitation Sisters throughout our history.

Posted in Monastery Events, Monastery News | Leave a comment