Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
– St. Francis de Sales


The following books are recommended for those seeking to increase their Salesian knowledge and spirituality.

  • Letters of Spiritual Direction – St. Francis de Sales & St. Jane de Chantal
  • Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales
  • Spiritual Conferences—Vol I – St. Francis de Sales
  • God Desires You – St. Francis de Sales
  • Biography of Jane de Chantal – Andre Ravier, SJ
  • Biography of Jane de Chantal – Elisabeth Stopp
  • Biography of Francis de Sales – Andre Ravier, SJ
  • Biography of Francis de Sales – de la Bedoyer/Koster/Boenzi
  • Sacred Heart, Gateway to God – Wendy Wright
  • The Salesian Tradition: Heart Speaks to Heart – Wendy Wright

They can be found on Google books, Amazon and If you have difficulty obtaining a book, please contact for assistance.

This video is a lovely celebration of the Little Virtues. Let it fuel your meditation as you reflect on teachings of St. Francis and St. Jane.



Our holdings include documents, photographs, paintings, and artifacts associated with St. Louis Visitation Monastery and Visitation Academy from 1833 to the present. We also have materials associated with Rock Island Visitation Monastery and school, Villa de Chantal, from 1853 to 1992.

Mission Statement
The mission of the St. Louis Visitation Archives is to collect, preserve, and make available the historical documents and the rare and unique items associated with the Monastery of the Visitation and Visitation Academy. As an integral part of the Visitation Heart and Mind Center, (VHM), the St. Louis Visitation Archives seeks to further the mission of the VHM by providing a welcoming space, programs, and resources to support and enrich the unique Visitation Catholic and Salesian spirituality as the VHM continues the Sisters’ ministry of Living Jesus.

In order to achieve this mission, the archive:

  • Actively collects and preserves documents and unique items relating to the Sisters of the Visitation, Visitation Monastery, and Visitation Academy
  • Collaborates and engages with Sisters, Alumnae, Students, Faculty, and Staff at Visitation Academy
  • Provides exhibits and displays within the Heart and Mind Center and the school to showcase the history of the monastery and school

Contact Us
If you are doing research or want to learn more about the documents, photographs, artifacts, and other items found within St. Louis Visitation Archives contact:

Amanda Gesiorski
St. Louis Visitation Archives