The Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary
WELCOME TO THE MONASTERY OF THE VISITATION OF HOLY MARY located in Snellville, Georgia. We are a Community of contemplative, cloistered Nuns, who through daily prayer commit our lives to do God’s will. Our religious spirit, or “charism”, is one of humility towards God, and great gentleness towards our neighbor. We pray for the salvation of all, and for peace in the world
This inspiring picture of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shows the joy they had in sharing the good news of their sons, who would change the world. It was the happiest time for them.
Guard of Honor
On the 1st Sunday of the month, there is the meeting of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (now called the Hour of Presence of the Sacred Heart). It begins in Monastery parlor at 3:00pm, followed at 4:15pm by: Exposition, rosary, silent prayer, Divine Office of Evening Prayer, with Benediction.
The Guard of Honor is in answer to Our Lord’s appeal to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation Nun, to whom Jesus revealed His Sacred Heart saying: “Behold this heart which has loved men so much that it has spared nothing even to exhausting and consuming itself in testimony of this love; and in return I receive from the greater number of men, only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt towards the Sacrament of My Love….” If these words of Jesus have touched your heart, then you will be happy to know that there is a lay association called the Guard of Honor, or the Hour of Presence of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Every first Sunday of the month, there is a meeting, with Deacon Michael Mobley from St. Stephen the Martyr Church giving his reflections, leading the prayers, explaining the Guard of Honor, and having Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Monastery Chapel.
At present, we are offering no retreats. We hope soon to resume retreats for those interested in possibly joining our Order, or Community. We have in the past offered retreats for women who wish to spend some days in the silence of the cloister, sharing our life of prayer, and experiencing the peace of being in a house of God – please pray with us that we may be able to resume doing so in the future.