Steeped in Salesian tradition, DC girls school adapts to the times

Every weekday morning before class begins, Laurie Quirk, chairwoman of the English Department at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, waits for students to show up to share a brief prayer service enriched by the words of St. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. The weekday prayer service is just one way the school passes on the commonsense Salesian virtues to its 500 students, all girls. They, the alumnae and their families are entrusted to model the Visitation charism developed at a school founded in 1799, the oldest one for Catholic girls in the original 13 states.

Trivia night with sisters attracts young people for social time, raising money for aging religious fund

National Catholic Sisters Week - The "Are you Smarter than the Sisters?" trivia night held in Arlington, Virginia, was part of an effort to reach out to more young Catholics while also promoting awareness of Support Our Aging Religious. More than 100 people came to the fundraiser.

Journey toward interdependence

My dream for the associate-religious relationship is that we become compassionate collaborators living in respectful mutuality  that we become a "we and us" and not a "they and them." This dream is not only for the associate-religious relationship itself, it is for the witness "we" as carriers of our community's charisms provide to our hurting world. As Sr. Joan Chittister said, "Each of us  lay and religious  carries a piece of the truth  but only a piece."