Visitation School commissioned Upper School Choir Director, Randi Rexroth, to compose a song in honor of the school’s 150th anniversary. We sat down with Randi to talk about the song and writing process.
In the 1960s, all but one teacher at Visitation was a Visitation Sister. The Sisters were an everyday presence in the school--teaching nearly every class, supervising student clubs and activities, and maintaining the school and grounds. The role of the Sisters within the school has evolved since then, eventually resulting in the official closure of the monastery in January 2019. Upon learning of that significant milestone, faculty and students alike immediately felt a need to keep the Sisters at the forefront of the Visitation experience and education.
Many Meanings, One Visitation: Strengths of Sisterhood is one result of this vision. Under the guidance of Choir director Randi Rexroth, Art teacher Charlotte Cleveland, Social Studies teacher Amanda Rosas, and Theater teacher Wendy Short-Hays, students created the multi-media project featured here.
For this project, students wrote one-page stories about each Sister or group of Sisters. To accompany each story, students created portraits of the Sisters using various artistic media and methods. Watch a video below that features the students' artwork and their stories read aloud, accompanied by musical performances from Visitation Upper School choirs.
Be sure to enjoy the Sister stories, visual artwork and recordings of students reading the stories below as well.
Many Meanings One Visitation: The Strengths of Sisterhood is now presented to the wider community with the love and gentleness that the Visitation Sisters passed on to us.
Once upon a time, a quiet and timid girl named Kathleen Keefe was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Once upon a time, there was a fairytale family who filled a large Virginia home with music and laughter.
Once upon a time there was a courageous, handy woman who didn’t waste a single thing.
Once there was a girl that never doubted who she truly was.
Once upon a time, there was a fearless cowgirl who lived on the windy plains of North Dakota, surrounded by nature and animals.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who was strong in faith and Salesian virtues.
There once was a girl named Margaret Villaume.
Once upon a time, many, many years ago, there was a woman named Jeanne-Francoise Fremyot, now known as the foundress of the Visitation Order, St Jane de Chantal.
Once upon a time, there were four women. These four women wanted to expand their Visitation charism to the poor.
Once there was a young Irish girl who lived in St Paul, MN.
Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Margaret, who showed a great love for the Eucharist.
Once upon a time, there were six brave Visitation sisters from St. Louis, Missouri.