Vocation Profile - Visitation Monastery of Snellville

Visitation Monastery of Snellville

Sr. Josefa Maria Chicoine V.H.M.
Vocation Contact
2055 Ridgedale Dr
Snellville, GA 30078

770-972-1060
vocationsmaryfield@gmail.com
http://maryfieldvisitation.org/

International?Yes
Professed members7
Year founded1954
Generalate/motherhouseAutonomous
Province/federationAutonomous

(Arch)dioceses
Atlanta, GA
International
Yes
Mission
St. Francis de Sales, our Founder, desired to “give God daughters of prayer, and souls so interior, that they may be found worthy to serve His infinite Majesty, and to adore Him in spirit and in truth.” Contemplatives by vocation, we seek within the seclusion of the cloister to develop the bond of charity in and among ourselves, sharing in the evangelization of the world by a hidden apostolic fruitfulness, giving genuine and humble witness to the fact that God is love.

The spirit of the Visitation is “a spirit of profound humility toward God and of great gentleness with the neighbor”, a spirit which does not emphasize external austerity; the sisters make up for this by interior renunciation, great simplicity, and joy in the common life. Our Order honors the Virgin Mary in her mystery of the Visitation, especially in her humility and charity. The religious of the Visitation to be the imitators of the two dearest virtues of the Sacred Heart of the Incarnate Word, sweetness and Humility.

Our day begins at 5:30, and ends at 10:00; Holy Mass, silent prayer, Divine Office chanted 5 times a day, spiritual reading, work, and recreation round out the day. A simple life of charity characterizes our small Community, which provides our Archdiocese with Altar bread and its clergy, with our prayers; as well as all the needs of our country, and the world.
Qualifications
Reception of aged, the infirm & weak in constitution provided they are capable of following the Rule of St. Augustine and ordinary exercises; should have a sound mind and well-disposed to live in profound humility, obedience, gentleness, simplicity, a forgetfulness of self so as to enter in to concerns of others, community demands, and the life of the church.

A life of intimacy with the Lord, shown by clear conversion; openness to truth.
Formation
The constitution drawn up by St. Francis De Sales under the title, Rule of St. Augustine and constitutions for the religious of the Visitation, remain a fundamental principle of life and formation.

Postulancy is 6 months. Novitiate is for two years. Temporary Vows is for 3 years. The Nuns make Solemn Perpetual Vows of Profession at the end of their Temporary Vows.

Formation consists of weekly classes, and spiritual reading of our Founders, and everything that concerns the Institute; its origins, its history in the course of centuries, and life of the monasteries.
Age range/limit
18+
Belated vocations?
Yes: The founder set no age limit for admission.

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