2009-10-09 / Community

Visitation Academy Celebrates 400th Anniversary

Arlene Figaro, Principal of Visitation Academy, Sr. Susan Marie of Visitation School. Mother Mary Pauline and Senator Martin Golden. Arlene Figaro, Principal of Visitation Academy, Sr. Susan Marie of Visitation School. Mother Mary Pauline and Senator Martin Golden. Friends, family, alumnae and the religious attended Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel with Msgr. Nagle and chief celebrant Msgr. Jamie Giantiello. Immediately following the service, the dedication of the statue of the Visitation was held on the front lawn. The sculpture was created by Timothy P. Schmalz.

Attendees were then led to the grounds of the Academy for the brunch in the most peaceful surroundings. Music was provided by the Brooklyn Youth Jazz Collective with Brian Worsdale who is the Director of the Performing Arts at Visitation Academy.

Alumnae came from upstate New York, Connecticut and New Jersey and were very happy to see old friends and the religious who taught them when they attended the school. The 400th Anniversary Celebration will continue until June, 6, 2010.

The Visitation Order was founded in a picturesque town in the eastern France in the shadow of the towering and majestic Alps called Annecy. This beauty amid which St. Francis de Sales was inspired to form an Order for the women to pray contemplatively touches every aspect of the gentle spirit he wished to develop. The Order of the Visitation is rich in tradition. The spiritual writings of the founders are prolific and everyone can find spiritual guidance in them.

Figaro, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Sr. Susan Marie. Figaro, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Sr. Susan Marie. Rev. Msgr. J. Gigantiello dedicates and blesses the statue of the Visitation. Rev. Msgr. J. Gigantiello dedicates and blesses the statue of the Visitation.

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