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 2001 — 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 on their Circle of Collaborative Leaders and Vocations Teams.
As a former Minneapolis North Public School English teacher, 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, 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 enters her 40’s and embraces life as mom to daughter Marguerite Marie and wife of Francois Kiemde.