La Salette Sisters
Sr. Marie-Victoire Rasoamanarivo,
SNDS, speaks at their Chapter
The group of La Salette Lay Associates (AASASNDS) who assist the La Salette Sisters in France was begun from a group of their friends in 2001. After Sister Marie Victoire’s election to her first term as Superior General in 1998, she realized the importance and necessity of the task of seeking out their lay friends to help, especially in the area of business management. So she appealed to them and the various friends of the other La Salette Sisters throughout France. The laity responded well to her appeal. After their first meeting in 2000, it was decided to form an association. This was created in February of 2001, the date on which they officially filed official recognition at the Prefecture of Grenoble.
 
Purpose:
Unlike associations or groups of lay people who were already friendly with certain nearby groups of La Salette Sisters, the members of this larger group come from different backgrounds, not only geographically but spiritually as well. It is primarily their ties of friendship and support with these Sisters which motivated them to offer their help in any way they could.

(center): Sr. Maria Josephine; (2nd from right) 
newly professed, Sr. Rosanne Shemchuk

As a La Salette religious community, we have many things to be thankful for to God in our recent past and developing present. Our community is growing by leaps and bounds and growing more in our internationality. 

For example, we just celebrated the first profession of the first American sister in the second generation of our history in North America. Sr. Rosanne Shemchuk, SNDS, professed her vows on Sept. 7, 2011, in our Novitiate House in Fairfax, VA. We see this as a new hope for the missionary presence of the sisters in North America. She is assigned at the National Shrine in Attleboro to strengthen the collaboration of the La Salette Missionaries and Sisters of our Lady of La Salette. Hopefully this will renew the original vision of the first La Salettes, Maximin and Melanie, as male and female counterparts. 

This is also the original dream of Fr. François Denaz, M.S., who first wrote to the bishop of Grenoble when Fr. Denaz was still a novice, saying that he hoped that there would be a male and female presence of La Salettes in the church. This dream is becoming a reality – from France to the Philippines and now in North America. Our multicultural presence in North America includes sisters from North America, the Philippines, Madagascar, and Myanmar and soon from Poland. Our novice from Poland will be serving at the Shrine in Attleboro for four months as an exposure-experience, part of our international formation program.

Untitled-1.jpgThe Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette share the charism of reconciliation with the La Salette Priests and Brothers. Like the Farthers and Brothers, they share their charism in collaboration with lay people.

The roots of their community of sisters began with Miss Henriette Deluy-Fabry who was born in Marseille in 1828. After a series of pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, she decided to become a religious of La Salette by founding a new congregation inspired by the triple spirit of sacrifice, of the apostolate and of prayer.

She was encouraged by Pius the IX in 1866. On December 20, 1872, the first seven religious “Reparatrice” (in English “Amenders”), went up to the Shrine. Soon they accompanied the Missionaries of La Salette into Belgium and Poland. They were given, in the Grenoble area, the management of a house for the handicapped, the responsibility and care of an Adoration Chapel, and a dispensary.

Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette: 

Our Purpose, History and Ministry

Our Roots:

We are uniquely blessed with a founding event – the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at La Salette on September 19, 1946. Mary's compassionate presence at La Salette – her a1b_stand111atears, words, gestures, symbols, and the social context – serve as a striking illustration and an urgent reminder of God's merciful love and compassion for his people and creation. She affirms that God is intimately present at the heart of our lives in conversation with us. She weeps because “her people” has so much need for conversion and she remains hopeful that they will return to the Source of Life, the God of infinite tenderness.

Our Vision:

We, the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette in the Philippines are women disciples of Christ, called to live and witness in word, deed and ritual in a creative and participatory way, to the realization of ecclesiastical communion, interfaith solidarity among peoples and deep ecological integrity as designed by Mary in Her Apparition at La Salette, who invites us to transcendence and the restoration of the dignity of persons and creation in a process of conversion from a life restrained by personal weakness and social injustice to the fullness of Life in Christ.

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La Salette Missionaries, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas

Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.

Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”