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Salesian Programs Strengthen Spiritual Leadership

Through three Salesian opportunities, students, faculty, and parents engaged with peers from other Visitation schools and monasteries to learn and practice leadership from a Salesian perspective. In June, students and faculty attended Salesian Leadership Camp and VISTORY (Visitation in Service to Others through Responding Youth), both annual programs. In May, several parents and staff members attended a Collaborative Leadership Forum. Though each program had a slightly different mission, all attendees returned excited to share and practice what they learned.


Four students elected to the 2017-18 School Government attended Salesian Leadership Camp (SLC), which brings together students from Oblate and Visitation schools and parishes around the country. The Salesian leadership philosophy is deeply rooted in self-confidence, global awareness, prayer, respect, communication, and service to God. The camp emphasized CPR - communication, prayer, and relationship. Principal Mary Kate Blaine and Campus Minister Father Patrick Kifolo, OSFS attended as chaperones.

"I had the best week at SLC, made so many new friends that I have shared such a beautiful journey with, learned a lot about being an effective leader in the Salesian tradition through communication, prayer, and relationships, and grew closer to God in faith," said Katherine Collamore '18, Visitation Honor Board President. She and the other leaders are excited to share what they've learned about Salesian CPR with their fellow student leaders.

VISTORY: Visitation in Service to Others through Responding Youth

This annual summer program joins students from the three U.S. Visitation high schools (Georgetown, St. Louis, and Mendota Heights, MN) for a week of service, spirituality, sisterhood, and stewardship. The camp rotates between the three schools, and this year 17 Visitation students traveled to St. Louis. While there, the teens helped clean and garden at an elementary school, had a picnic with Special Olympics participants, cleaned at a center for early childhood, and painted a mural at a preschool. Christian Service Director Meghan Greenfield and Sister Sylvie Guerron attend as chaperones.


The Sisters of the Visitation Collaborative Leadership Forum invited Sisters and lay collaborators to explore leadership styles and skill development for individuals and groups who work with the Sisters. Attendees learned and discussed leadership qualities in terms of compassion, mercy, and justice and left the Forum empowered to use the new found self-awareness to be more effective leaders in their ministries.

Library Director Liz Burke, St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center Director Olivia Wills Kane '85, Math Department Chair Kati Hylden Kruger '99, Barbara Furey (Caitlin '08, Meghan '10, and Colleen '11), and Annette Barr (Catherine Mary '15, Anne Elizabeth '18) attended on behalf of Georgetown Visitation.


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