Christmas Schedule

christmasYou are welcome to join us for our Christmas Liturgies:

Christmas Eve- 730PM Mass in our Sacred Heart Chapel

Christmas Day- 9:00AM Mass in our Sacred Heart Chapel

Celebrant: Father Frank Jones, CssR

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Joining in Prayer- Year of Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life has begun!

SrAM-Discernment-Pg-scaled-300x225We welcome you to join the Sisters to pray for vocations every Sunday between 4-5:30PM in the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Prayer will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and Evening Prayer.

Join us in “Waking Up the World” to Jesus’ Real Presence, Prayer and the call to Religious Life!

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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.

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Brooklyn Visitation Sister Featured on Vocation Poster/Video

See if you can find our Sister!



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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.



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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!

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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!



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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.



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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!


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Cloistered Sisters Take a Walk with Jesus and a Saint

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