The annual Founders' Day programming, focused on rooting students in Salesian Spirituality and understanding the history of the school, pivoted to a virtual experience this week. Planned by the St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center, Founders' Day centered around "living in the present moment," the Visitation Salesian Network theme for this academic year.
Encouraging students to "carpe diem!," the day began with a delayed start with a livestreamed Mass planned by Fr. Patrick Kifolo, Director of Campus Ministry and celebrating St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, VHM, whose Feast is October 16. Olivia Wills Kane '85, Director of the Salesian Center, offered remarks around what it means to live in the present moment today - and how Visitation Sisters had been doing so since the order's founding in 1610.
Students were dismissed to peruse a specially-mailed care package from the Salesian Center, which included 24 Ways to Live in the Present Moment for 24 Hours, such as:
Give thanks to God for the gift of today! Make a Gratitude List #LittleVirtues
At 9:30 a.m. each day, the Visitation Sisters pray the Memorare to our Lady for vocations. They would love it if we joined them in prayer for young women to join their community! #Vocations
Take a front row seat at our Present Moment Tiny Desk Concert! #HomegrownTalent
Continue Visitation’s Tradition of Letters by writing a note to someone special - near or far! (care package!) #HeartSpeakstoHeart
With a skip in your step and a song on your heart, take a walk with SGA’s “Be Here Now” Playlist.
Carpe Diem... and make a banner to hang in your home! “Leave the past to God’s mercy, the future to His Divine Providence and embrace the present willingly and lovingly.” #CarpeDiem
On campus, faculty and staff remembered those Sisters of the past, placing flowers on their graves; this is traditionally a senior activity, learning about the lives of Sisters through the years and praying for them as the Sisters have prayed for Visitation students each day.
Typically, Founders' Day activities transition to rehearsals for Marshmallow Roast, which this year has been postponed until the school can safely celebrate the tradition together. The Athletic Association developed a video, shared with students, that gives a hint of the fun awaiting classes as they begin writing their skits.