The Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales sets Immaculate Heart of Mary School apart from other schools in the Baltimore area. With their very lives, our Sisters witness to God’s faithfulness and inspire us to be all that God wants us to be. Our school resonates with the teachings and charism of St. Francis de Sales: an awareness of God’s presence throughout our school and a deep respect for one another as God’s children.
An order that would grow to serve on four continents and nine countries throughout the world, the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales were founded in 1866 by Fr. Louis Brisson and St. Leonie Aviat in Troyes, France. Their work originally centered on the young women flocking to big cities during the Industrial Revolution in search of employment. Separated from their families, these young women had physical, as well as spiritual needs. The Oblate Sisters followed God’s call and sought to meet those needs.
From Troyes, France our Sisters spread throughout Europe, Africa, Latin America and finally, the United States. They operate missions, schools, orphanages and retirement homes all over the globe. They teach in parish religious education programs, visit the sick and elderly, and minister to the poor. Today Oblate Sisters serve in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Namibia, South Africa, Ecuador, Colombia and the United States – but most importantly to us, in Towson, Maryland. Where ever the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales reside, they strive to Live Jesus and draw souls closer to him in love
V + J Explained
St. Francis de Sales, doctor of the Church and spiritual father to so many, dedicated his entire existence to being another Christ. His motto, Live Jesus, expressed his spiritual vision of putting himself aside and allowing others to encounter Jesus in him. In a time when we are told to seek self-fulfillment and do what is right for ‘me’, St. Francis de Sales guides us in the opposite way, putting Christ first, and then our neighbor.
“O Savior of our souls we may eternally sing: Vive Jésus! I love Jesus. Live Jesus whom I love! I love Jesus, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”
Treatise on the Love of God, book XII, chapter 13
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Immaculate Heart of Mary School is located in Towson, Maryland. It is a private Catholic School for students in grades PreK through 8th grade. If you are interested in learning more about the admissions process for the upcoming school year we encourage you to contact us today!