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Visitation Salesian Network Students & Leaders Visit 35th St.

Over the past two weeks, Georgetown Visitation has hosted leaders and “Vis-ters” from across the Visitation Salesian Network (VSN) on campus, sharing and growing the Salesian spirit that binds our communities together.

From October 25 - 27, Georgetown Visitation hosted the Visitation Salesian Network Representatives’ semi-annual meeting. This regular convocation brings together all four schools - Brooklyn; Mendota Heights, MN; St. Louis; and Georgetown - to discuss how the schools can collaborate and continue the Sisters’ tradition of educating minds and hearts in the Visitation tradition. Leaders share school and Monastery updates, participate in Salesian leadership formation, and discuss cross-school collaboration on projects like the upcoming pilgrimage to Annecy, the annual VISTORY service week, and Salesian Leadership Camp for students. On November 17 and 18, the Heads of School will convene to continue the conversation and further discuss the shared challenges and opportunities facing Visitation schools.

The next week, on November 4, the junior class of  Visitation Academy (Viz) in St. Louis, MO,  visited 35th Street as part of a class trip to Washington, DC. The Visi junior class - some of whom previously attended VISTORY, a weeklong Visitation Salesian Network Christian service camp - welcomed our Viz-itors with enthusiasm and hospitality.

Viz 2024 students toured campus, met with Sisters, learned about our traditions, attended theology and English classes alongside Visi students, and celebrated Mass with our junior class. Then, the Viz and Visi students headed off to Esprit de Noel for lunch and shopping together.

“I was so excited for them to see our beautiful campus and the way we do things in Georgetown compared to St. Louis,” said Regan McGinley ‘23 who attended VISTORY over the summer. “It was so cool being able to compare our different school experiences while simultaneously discovering how rooted we all are in our faith and Salesian Spirituality.”

St. Louis presented Georgetown with a custom flag, hanging now outside Principal Leonor Ponzio ‘97’s office, featuring the schools’ nicknames of “Visi” and “Viz,” and their respective logos and signed by Viz students. Georgetown presented St. Louis with a flag of its own, as well, signed by the Class of 2024, with the name that connects us: “Visitation.” 

Fittingly for Esprit de Noel that day, both flags were red - the color of St. Louis Viz - and green - the color of Georgetown Visitation.

 

Please enjoy some photos from the girls’ time together: