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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Community Spotlight: Visitation Sisters, Tyringham MA

Order: Visitation
Gender: Women
Charism: Contemplative
Eligibility: 18-45 years of age,
Formation: 6 months - 1 year postulancy, two year novitiate, three years temporary vows: first two spent in the novitiate, last spent in the full community
Vows: poverty, chastity and obedience
Practices: Divine Office, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, music,
History: The community was originally founded in 1853 in Iowa as an offshoot from a community in France. At this time they had schools in order to support themselves. The community moved several times, first to New York and then to Delaware. In 1893 the generosity of benefactress allowed the community to close it's school and return to fully contemplative, cloistered life. In 1993 the community moved to Massachusetts and moved to the current monastery in 1995.

Sacred Heart Talks - every month one of the sisters gives a talk on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and you can read these at the link.

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