Bio: Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde

Melissa with Visitation Sisters Mary Margaret, Mary Frances, Katherine, Mary Virgina and Karen on her 40th Birthday at St. Jane House.

Melissa with Visitation Sisters Mary Margaret, Mary Frances, Katherine, Mary Virgina and Karen on her 40th Birthday at St. Jane House.

Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde happily joins the Visitation Monastery blogging team as a devoted lay member and contemplative participant in the Vis Sisters’ North Minneapolis lives. Since she made their acquaintance in the summer of 2002– and discerned vowed membership to the beloved order — Melissa has been an engaged presence alongside the Visitation Sisters.  In the spring of 2005, she joined the ranks of the Vis Companions, and has since served as a member of their Circle of Collaborative Leaders and as a Vocations Partner.

As a former English teacher at Minneapolis North High, Melissa finds a restorative and inspiring space of contemplation, faith and action with the sisters; she is grateful for their prayerful witness and presence in her life and in the greater North Minneapolis community. Melissa marvels at the opportunity to marry her personal life and spiritual passions with her professional callings as writer, teacher, and leader and blog for the Visitation Sisters.

She cannot think of a better way to serve God, or “Live Jesus” as the nuns say – especially as she embraces life as mom to daughter Marguerite and wife of Francois Kiemde.

Blessings!

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