"The prayer at the beginning and end of classes has become an important part of my day. I like thinking that the entire student body is connected in our faith and shares this moment across campus."
As a Catholic school, faith is our cornerstone. We are guided by the gentle and practical Salesian Spirituality of Saints Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal as we enrich each student’s life with a optimistic, holistic approach to her spiritual life. Simple, yet powerful and life affirming, Salesian Spirituality is the Sisters’ gentle, inspired common sense approach to living a faith-filled life; it continues to endure, flourish, and guide all aspects of a Visitation education.
Along with our religion classes and Christian service program, our campus ministry office supports students’ spiritual development through a range of offerings. These include Masses, sacramental opportunities, prayer services, in-class talks, and retreats, all aimed at helping girls strengthen their relationships with God, self, and others.
While there are many opportunities for students to deepen their faith, graduating seniors often say that some of their most profound and transformative experiences were the retreats they participated in at Visitation. Junior Retreat, a class-wide event held at Camp Maria on scenic Breton Bay, is usually among girls' most treasured memories, and the Kairos Retreats are often referred to as "incredible" and "life-changing."
"Attending Visitation introduced me to Salesian Spirituality. I am grateful for Visitation’s emphasis on living the tenets of Salesian Spirituality, which has shown me that being kind and generous does not make me weak; it makes me strong. And so does trusting in God."
"[The Salesian Little Virtue of] joyful optimism is not simply about being confident; it is also about opening your heart to the next step that God has planned."
“Having a religion class built into my curriculum has made me more disciplined in learning more about my faith. For instance, I don’t just pray and go to church anymore, but through my homework and classwork, I am regularly learning more about my faith and understanding it more deeply.”
“I never really felt connected to my faith before coming to Visi. As I got settled in this community, though, seeing all of the opportunities that could help me connect with my faith – having access to a chapel at any time, getting to know the Sisters, and offering prayers throughout the day – heightened my awareness of God’s presence in small, everyday moments.”
all-school masses each year
student service hours per year
liturgical ministers per mass
service trips per year
collection drives per year
cans of food collected at G-W