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Sed Vitae Speaker Series

Visitation School

Sed Vitae Speaker Series: Cultivating Authentic Belonging

Join Visitation School Board of Trustee member Danielle Harrison on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. for an engaging discussion on how to foster an environment where your child can confidently embrace their authentic self at school and at home. 

At the core of Salesian Spirituality lies the belief in the inherent goodness of every individual. Ms. Harrison will discuss how instilling this belief in your child can create a foundation to authentically embrace their many gifts while also helping those around them feel valued and accepted. We'll explore how understanding and appreciating diverse perspectives aligns with the teachings of empathy, compassion and inherent dignity within our Catholic faith. 

Supporting your children as they learn to listen actively and empathetically to others empowers them to listen actively and empathetically to others with differing viewpoints. This can profoundly impact their ability to navigate in school and beyond confidently with an open mind and a compassionate heart.

The Visitation School Sed Vitae Speaker Series features speakers who embody the school’s motto: Non Scholae, Sed Vitae: Not for School, but for Life. Join us on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Visitation School with a brief reception to follow. Event is free. Please share with friends and neighbors! Register below! 

Questions? Please contact Cecilia Petschel, Director of Communications & Marketing.

About Danielle Harrison 
Danielle Harrison serves as a member of the Visitation School Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of Visitation Academy in St. Louis. After Visitation, Danielle attended Dartmouth College and St. Louis University Law School. She has worked for the governing staff of the Jesuits in the Missouri Province, co-founded a retreat ministry in Southern California, created a center for spiritual development for a hospital system in Lubbock, Texas, and worked for the United Central and Southern Province of Jesuits as part of Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project. Danielle received a master’s degree in theology at Aquinas Institute, with a concentration in Biblical Studies. She is currently a member of the preaching team at King’s House at Our Lady of Snows Center in Belleville, Illinois, and is the president of Mission, Faith, Equity Consulting, which works with secondary schools and religious communities throughout the country to help them integrate their mission, vision and charism into their daily practice, focusing on diversity, faith, equity and belonging. She is also a contributor to the African American Catholic Youth Bible.

Registration requested, not required. 

Past Speakers


Non Scholae, Sed Domum: Not for School but for Home
Father Joe Newman, OSFS
Vis welcomed Fr. Joe Newman, OSFS  an expert in Salesian Spirituality, on October 26 to share strategies for parents and guardians on extending Salesian Spirituality learnings from the classroom and into their homes and the real world. This event is FREE and open to all. Fr. Joe will share how the divine has reached him through his life, ministry and community. He will share the ways that Salesian Spirituality guides us to embrace the ordinary each day to grow in love of God, our self and others and how to bring that to life in our homes.

Parenting Girls Today
Beth Carver '00, MSW
Beth Carver, MSW. Beth will share wisdom and guidance for parents as they guide their daughters through adolescence. Offering insight and advice, she will discuss challenges facing girls today and how to best partner and empower our daughters. Finding balance between head and heart, the event will cover topics such as helping your daughter find the right school, navigate friendships and so much more.

Rosalind Wiseman
Rosalind Wiseman, a multiple New York Times bestselling author whose publications include Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World - which inspired the movie Mean Girls, is a thought leader who challenges us to understand the power of dignity and social dynamics to build courage, connection and community.