The Story Behind the 7 Blesseds

By Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna ’93

Anniversaries are miraculous. On June 6, 1610 St. Jane de Chantal and three other women crossed the threshold of the first Visitation, this weekend we celebrate 400 years of tradition and growth of the joyous Visitation order. Anniversaries are times for reflection. Invitations to rituals that allow us to look where we have been, and envision where we are being called.

This year we continue to actively dream about the Visitation. We call forth seven more visionary women to join the seven joyous

Seven Martys of Madrid

Seven Martys of Madrid

sisters of North Minneapolis’ Urban Monastery. In putting forth this invitation we reflect on the seven Visitandines of the First Monastery of Madrid, Spain, martyred during the Spanish Revolution of 1936, who were beatified on May 10, 1998,. They are Blesseds Maria Gabriela, Teresa Maria, Josefa Maria, Maria Ines, Maria Cecilia, Maria Engracia, and Maria Angela.

We pray to these wise and loving guides as they join us to support the next seven women who are called to cross the threshold of this Visitation community in the year 2010. Join us as we celebrate with great gratitude and fervent faith, and as Julian of Norwich prayed, “All shall be well, all shall be well, all good things shall be well.”

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