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St. Jane de Chantal

A Lenten Journey with the Visitation Order’s Foundress

St. Jane de Chantal, the Foundress of the Visitation Order, guided her Sisters through various “Chapters” or community meetings, held throughout the year. We will be sharing her encouraging Lenten thoughts for the next few weeks. St. Jane de Chantal: “ I have but two words to say to you, which are the words of […]

Do Nuns Pray All Day?

We conclude this first part of the series on Formation Questions and Answers , with St. Jane’s teachings on the prayer life of a Visitation Sister. Often when a candidate is considering a monastic vocation, friends and family will inquire, “but what do you do all day in a Monastery?” Sometimes one will try to […]

What Happens When the Bubble Bursts?

Most candidates enter a religious community with great enthusiasm, hopes, high ideals and strong expectations. Formators know that they need to be alert to the moments when the “bubble” begins to leak, or burst. That’s when the new member’s real inner work begins. St. Jane de Chantal advised her Novice Directresses about the challenges that […]