Mary Paschal Kelly SVM died November 1, 2009 at the infirmary of the Sisters of
the Presentation the age of 101. Sr. Paschal entered the Sisters of the
Visitation order in 1928 and was past moderator of the Visitation Alumnae
In St. Luke’s story of the Visitation, Mary and Elizabeth reach out to one another. Together they attended to the new life within each of them and dreamed of what the future would be. Their loving support and service of one another stirred hope for future realities.
When St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal began the Visitation Sisters, they envisioned that women would gather in community and live “bound more by love than by vows”. These small communities of religious vowed women, living a life of humility, simplicity and gentleness, flourished and eventually approximately six of them would be asked to begin a new foundation and so the community grew. Our sisters were part of this process.
In 1871 a group of them left the
Significant cultural changes took place in the
In the light of these changes, we made necessary adjustment
to enable us to continue ministry with the charism of Salesian life.
Consequently, we sold our large buildings to the local Catholic college and
accepted the reciprocal offer of the Sisters of the Presentation. When this
community first came to
continue to work in the fields of education and pastoral ministry. We take
seriously our ministry of prayer for our families, friends, alumnae, and the
needs of our Church and our world. We continue to dream, serve as we can and wait
for new realities to emerge in a future filled with hope. We sincerely believe
and make St. Francis de Sales’ prayer our own each day:
“Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow and everyday. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you the unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”
We count on your prayerful support and friendship. Thank you so much for your presence in our lives.
Each month a Mass is offered for our alumnae, living and deceased, and we include prayers for the intentions of all who request them. You may e-mail prayer requests for inclusion in our prayers by using the above link.