Trailblazers

  • de Chantal Society (Young Women's Leadership Formation Program) 

The de Chantal Society Leadership Formation Program at St. Francis de Sales High School empowers young women to develop the skills needed to become successful women in business and society. The de Chantal Society is comprised of prominent, successful alumnae of St. Francis de Sales, and their colleagues, who are passionate about supporting young women in the St. Francis de Sales community through mentoring, networking, professional shadowing opportunities, and monetary support.

As many of the young women currently educated at St. Francis de Sales come from under-resourced and challenging home environments, we believe it is critical to provide role models and mentors who will inspire
them to stay firmly grounded in the call of St. Francis de Sales to “Be who you are and be that well” and to “Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.”

Key components of the de Chantal Society may include:
• Quarterly speaker/workshop series
• Career Day Keynote for the de Chantal Society students
• Professional Shadow Day – where two or three young women accompany a professional to the office
• Annual Award Ceremony honoring an alumna and a student who demonstrates exceptional dedication to the program
• Portfolio presentations with scholarship awards

The young women who are invited into the program will be asked to keep and complete a portfolio of experiences, reflections, and goals/objectives that demonstrates their commitment to “Be who they are and be that well” and to “Have patience to walk with short steps until they have wings to fly.”

While all the specifics of the Society have not yet been finalized, we are confident that all members will be richly rewarded from the interactive, intergenerational, and intercultural experience.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of St. Francis de Sales, we have been awarded a Challenge Grant of
$75,000. If we can raise $75,000 in de Chantal Society membership, a generous donor will match it!


  •  Salesian Society (Young Men's Leadership) 


  •  de Sales Oratorians (Prayer Pioneers)

Oratory comes from the Latin word Ora which means pray. An oratorian, therefore, is someone who prays.

St. Francis de Sales was a Founder and first Provost of the Oratory in Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France. The Congregation of the Oratory was founded by St. Philip Neri in 1575. The new community was to be a congregation of secular priests living under obedience but bound by no vows. The core of St. Philip's spirituality focused on an unpretentious return to the lifestyle of the first Disciples of Christ. The object of the institute is threefold: prayer, preaching, and the sacraments.In this tradition, St. Francis de Sales High School is inviting alumni, current parents, students, and community members to join us in forming a community of prayer. 

If you would like to be a part of our community of prayer please simply complete the form so we know you are joining us and then pray for the St. Francis de Sales community – our benefactors, our alumni, our students, and our faculty/staff – regularly. 

We will notify you of special intentions and any prayer gatherings we may have in the future.