Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Villa de Chantel's Maysville Kentucky Roots

Recently a fire tragically destroyed the Villa de Chantel in Rock Island, Illinois. The building was erected in 1900 as a Catholic school for girls by the Visitation Order, also known as the Sisters of the Visitation, whose founder was St. Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva, Switzerland (1567-1622). Many may not know of the tie between the majestic building and Maysville Kentucky, however. When the Visitation Order was founded in America in 1865, they chose Maysville Kentucky as the location. They later moved to Rock Island and built the historic building as their home. Incidentally, St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of journalism. Full Story / About the Villa de Chantel

posted at 6:17 PM by Jeremy Parnell