In the “Conference on Hope,” Saint Francis de Sales exhorts the early Visitandines to “go here and there into various places that others may have life, an abundant life…” Our experience of “Living Jesus” on Minneapolis’ North Side continues to witness to the significance of cultivating relationships, acting as a bridge between those who have and those who have nothing. We are present here as a lived experience of “reverse mission”: an island of gentleness in the midst of violence, gathering a wide circle of friends together in faith, hope and love, fostering reflection with those who work with the poor.
Gustavo Gutiérrez, a renowned Latin American Theologian, expresses his belief that justice can only be done authentically in the context of spirituality, love, and community. These are strong characteristics of our Visitation charism, and they are ones that we offer today. Violence and chaos characterize much of contemporary society. Visitation presence in the midst of such dissolution will bring prayer, gentleness and freedom of spirit which fosters living the motto of our order: “Live + Jesus!”
Prayer flows from our relationship with God who loves us and invites each of us to know and experience this love in daily Eucharist and in all the people and events in our lives. Each day we set aside time for private prayer and sacred reading. Four times daily we chant the Liturgy of the Hours, celebrating the mystery of God among us. Spiritual reading, study and quiet days nourish our prayer. Out of this rhythm of prayer, we trust that Jesus is becoming more alive in us and in those who are part of our day.
Prayer provides a steady rhythm for the Sisters’ daily life. In our international order, begun in 1610 in Annecy, France, we Visitation Sisters embrace the spirituality of our founders, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal who chose the motto, “Live Jesus” to describe the Visitation way of life. The Gospel story of Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth (Luke 1:30-56) continues to inspire, refresh and direct this way of living Jesus. Put yourself in that story! When have you identified with Mary, saying “yes” to God and giving God permission to direct your life? When have you identified with Elizabeth, welcoming God’s presence in your midst?
Anyone is welcome to join us as we pray the Liturgy of the Hours! We gather at 1527 Fremont Ave. N. for prayer (except Night Prayer, see below). Click here for our mass schedule and details on our schedule.
- Morning prayer: 7 AM Wednesday & Friday; 8 AM Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday
- Noon prayer: Every day except Mon., Thurs. and Sun.
- Evening prayer: Every day at 4:45 p.m. except on evening mass days (4 p.m.) *No prayer Thurs.
- Night prayer: Usually 8:15 p.m. at 1619 Girard. Please call to check as some days vary.
In our urban ministry, we choose to reach out in a special way…
- To companion and affirm those who are impoverished and lonely—those living on the fringes of society.
- To support those committed to a ministry of peace and justice by sharing our Salesian spirituality with them.
- To educate and network with those who, in being materially secure, seek ways of growing in faith, hope and love by bridging with people in our multi-cultural community.
- To provide spiritual formation for those affiliated with us in a variety of ways.