Saints Francis de Sales and Jane Frances Fremyot de Chantal founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary in France on 6 June 1610.
Our Salesian family of saints: Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque - Saint Leonie Aviat - Blessed Louis
Brisson - Venerable Mary de Sales Chappuis - Blessed Visitandine Martyrs from Madrid and many other holy men and women.
Religious and lay institutes who are members of our Salesian family: Oblate Sisters of Saint Francis de Sales - Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales - Society of the Daughters of Saint Francis de Sales - Secular Institute of Saint Francis de Sales.
Salesian friends: Saint Augustine of Hippo - Saint Ignatius of Loyola - Saint Philip Neri - Saint Vincent de Paul - Saint Claude de la Colombiere - Blessed John Henry Newman - Saint John Bosco.
Our Patroness: Our Lady of Light. Blessed Louis Brisson, Chaplain of the Visitation Sisters in Troyes, France, selected Notre Dame de Lumiere – Our Lady of Light. Our Lady is mounted towards Heaven, the Source of all light. He passed this devotion to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, who in turn passed it on to the DeSales Secular Institute.