“Prayer obtains more from God than it asks.” St. Francis de Sales
This community is one of about 160 autonomous monasteries of the worldwide contemplative Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, founded on June 6 1610 in Annecy, France, by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal. The monastery is strictly contemplative with papal enclosure and solemn vows. It belongs to the First Federation of United States monasteries, all of whom observe papal enclosure with solemn vows, and have retained the traditional habit of the Order.
Original Painting by Mother Nealis
The best known saint of the Order is St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who received the revelations of the Sacred Heart resulting in the First Friday devotions and Holy Hours. On May 10, 1998, seven Visitandines of the First Monastery of Madrid, Spain, martyred during the Spanish Revolution of 1936, were beatified. They are Blesseds Maria Gabriela, Teresa Maria, Josefa Maria, Maria Ines, Maria Cecilia, Maria Engracia, and Maria Angela.
Sacred Heart Rose Window by Gabriel Loire, Chartres