The Sisters of the Visitation invite you to their 47th Annual Sacred Heart Novena of Masses
Dates: Thursday, June 8 –Friday, June 16, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm each evening
Where: Michael J. Smith S.J. Memorial Chapel at St. Joseph University
Parking lot entrance 2525 Cardinal Avenue
Presider: Rev. Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J.
Masses will be livestreamed on St. Joseph’s University YouTube channel

The Visitation Nuns of Philadelphia

“Prayer obtains more from God than it asks.” -St. Francis de Sales

This  Roman Catholic religious community is one of about 150 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.

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Saint Francis de Sales
Saint Jane de Chantal

The monastery is strictly contemplative with papal enclosure and solemn vows. It belongs to the First Federation of United States Visitation monasteries, all of whom observe papal enclosure with solemn vows, and have retained the traditional habit of the Order.

As one of our Sisters likes to say, “This is the House of God and the Gate of Heaven,” as we strive to live in the Heart of Jesus’ mercy, kindness and love.

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. Also, 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.

We hope you enjoy viewing our website and if you sense God may be calling you here, please contact us.

On our website you can learn about us and our History, have a glimpse of Daily Life in the Monastery, learn of some of the protocols of Monastic life and the Visitation Order, as well as, of course, contact us.

--the summation of Salesian spirituality

Live Jesus! is the “Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” (Rev.22:13) of everything that St. Francis de Sales wrote.

In the beginning of The Introduction to the Devout Life, his first book on the Christian life, he cries out to all Christians: “Live Jesus! Live Jesus! Yes, Lord Jesus, live and reign in our hearts for ever and ever. Amen.”

At the end of The Treatise on the Love of God, his last book on the Christian life, he tells us we should sing eternally: “Live Jesus! I love Jesus! Live Jesus Whom I love. I love Jesus Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.”

Live Jesus! is the very heart of the doctrine of St. Francis de Sales. He says so himself. “I have desired above all things to engrave and inscribe this holy and sacred word upon your heart: Live Jesus!”

The last quotation is the heart of one of the most important passages in the writings of St. Francis de Sales.

~ Fr. Joseph F. Wood, O.S.F.S. (Oblate of St.Francis de Sales).