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.

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Mass/Candlelight Procession/Veneration of relic

The Brooklyn Diocese’s Sacred Heart Apostolate under the leadership of Reverend Peter Gillen, in conjunction with the Visitation Sisters, invites you to a special celebration of the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on Thursday, October 16, 2014, her Feast Day!

Father Gillen and Father Stephen Saffron will concelebrate the Feast Day liturgy at 7:30PM, which will be followed by a candlelight procession outside the Monastery’s walls  with the Blessed Sacrament and a first-class relic of Saint Margaret Mary.

After Benediction and Reposition, the congregation may venerate the relic within the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Visitation Monastery.

May St. Margaret Mary’s intercession continue to help our diocesan faithful in dedicating themselves to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Sacred Heart Guard of Honor Members

The Sacred Heart Apostolate returns to Visitation Monastery to celebrate First Friday Masses starting Friday, September 5, 2014 at 730PM.

We are pleased to announce that we will also commence First Sunday gatherings for all enrolled Guard of Honor Members at the Monastery, from 3-4:30PM, beginning in OCTOBER.

Please join us for this year’s sacred intention that our Diocese will be consecrated to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Three Professions under Our Lady’s Mantle

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother is a beautiful Feast for making one’s vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to the Lord.

In our Brooklyn Monastery, three Sisters have been called and chosen to make their Holy Profession on this holy day. Last week, on August 15th, Our Lady’s Assumption, we celebrated three Professions,a First, a 23rd anniversary and a 65th anniversary!

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Celebrating a First Profession

Here are more photos of Sister Synthia Helena with family, friends and faculty!

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First Profession Pictures!

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First Profession of Vows

On the glorious Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, Sister Synthia Helena pronounced her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for a period of three years.

More photos to come.

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St. Jane de Chantal, One of God’s Greatest Lovers

Tuesday August 12thwill be the Feast of the Foundress of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, St. Jane Frances de Chantal. The well-known Cardinal Berulle, founder of the French Oratory,  once said of St. Jane that she was one of God’s greatest lovers on earth!

St. Jane did not wait to become a foundress or religious nun to love God. She loved Him from childhood and this love intensified from her widowhood.

She was so well pleased with her solitude, to be alone with her Love, that she abandoned all worldly and useless conversations at that time and never entered into society, except when duty,charity, or civility required it. This holy love went on purifying her; it urged her to that which was good, admonished, instructed, separated her from everything, and at last imprisoned her gloriously in a small house,  to commence our little congregation.

Her love, though favored with great heavenly joy, was strong, generous, and perfectly independent of all spiritual pleasure and sensible sweetness; a courageous love to undertake  things for the glory of God, a constant love, supporting her in her labors; a love bold in difficulties; a love submissive in opposition; a love always adhering to the Divine Will, a love wise and discreet; a love perfectly disinterested and free from selfishness; a love which made her resign everything to the Providence of her Lover; a love of simple confidence; a love of a spouse and a daughter, which remained ever firm, and perfectly chaste and filial; an humble love, which induced her to desire her total annihilation, in order that her Well-beloved might thereby be exalted; a love which confirmed her in perfect oblivion of self by a continual remembrance of her God; a love of conformity which made her rejoice in following in holy abjection Jesus Christ abject, in living in the agony of Calvary, in the sufferings of desertion on the cross, tasting but gall and vinegar in her interior, and occasionally contempt and contradiction from men; such was the holy love which enabled her to persevere to the end with an ever increasing fidelity in the service of God.

 His Eminence the Cardinal Berulle, founder of the (French) Oratory, and who died in the odor of sanctity, once when he was administering  communion to our Holy Mother at Dijon, after she was a widow, perceived by a supernatural light that this soul was interiorly directed by an extraordinary road. After Mass he inquired who was that widow, and said, “Her heart is an altar where the fire of love is never extinguished, and it will become so vehement, that it will consume not only the sacrifices, but the altar,” which indeed came to pass.

When our Holy Mother was in Paris for the foundation of the first house, this Cardinal went to visit her, and said, on his return, to the Countess de St. Paul, a princess of high interior piety, that he had seen one of the greatest lovers God had on earth. He took several ladies to convene with our Holy Mother on their interior life, telling them that she was the amorous Shunamite, destined to lead her companions in celestial love through the most perilous paths.”

Source: Mother de Chaugy’s Life and Virtues of St Jane de Chantal

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Celebrating the Feast of St Anne and St Joachim

The Feast of St. Anne and St Joachim is special not only as the celebration of the parents of our dear Blessed Lady and a remembrance of all our ancestors in our faith, but it also has special meaning for two Sisters in our community.

Sr Anne Marie celebrates her Feast Day today July 26, on this Feast of Mary’s parents, and Sr Ana Maria celebrates her Profession Anniversary!

Sr Ana Maria is in First Vows, and this is her second anniversary. Sr Anne Marie has been a member of this community over 65 years.

God bless both of you, dear Sisters!

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Under Our Lady’s Mantle

We Visitation Sisters are particularly dedicated to Our Blessed Mother under the theme of her visitation to her cousin, St. Elizabeth. Our tradition suggests that any woman who discovers a vocation to our Visitandine, monastic way of life has received a “secret visitation” of the Virgin Mary in her heart.

We believe that this is the case with our novice Sr. Synthia,  who will be professing her first vows on Our Lady’s Feast of the Assumption, August 15th, 2014. A true spiritual daughter of our Blessed Mother, Sr. Synthia will make this First Profession in our Sacred Heart Chapel.

Please continue to pray for her as she prepares for this holy commitment.

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