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Message of Gratitude

My Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, Alums and the entire Visitation Family,

I feel so moved to write something in these few moments I have to thank you all for the beautiful ritual "Celebration Honoring the Living Tradition of the Visitation Sisters." I hardly know where to begin: the invitation to all our constituents; the preparation of the stained glass window favor gifts; the faculty/staff honor guard; the exquisite sacred ritual of passage complete with the handing over of the crucifix carried up the Mississippi River from St. Louis in 1873; the thoughtful words from our Head of School Rene Gavic, board chair Tim Scallen, HOPE Committee representative Anna Marie Ettel '63; the awesome music from our talented students; and the video featuring the Sisters. Yes! I could go on and on. And what a tremendous turn out of our Visitation Family with an abundant reception that followed!

On a personal note, as I had my personal prayer time this morning I came to the realization that my small part in this transition process has been to 'allow the Holy Spirit' to let you all know that YOU are the Living Tradition of the Sisters. The Gifts already present just needed to be released. As you continue to LIVE JESUS, we Sisters are right around the corner to help you in any way we can. We love you and are deeply grateful.

Lovingly and gratefully,

Sister Mary Frances Reis, VHM '55
Administrative Superior of the Mendota Heights Visitation Sisters