As sisters, we are monastic contemplatives. The work we do flows naturally from our prayer life centered in the Eucharistic and the Liturgy of the Hours. Private prayer is in the very structure of our lives. Discernment is at the heart of our activity, and mutual leadership helps us to follow the Will of God.
As a result of our prayer and discernment, there is a nearly inexhaustible of examples of programs and relationships we carry out that support our key goals. To mention a few:
- A “door ministry.” This means that, as the doorbell rings throughout the day, it is answered and the sisters are present to respond to needs expressed by those who come to call. Through this door ministry we are able, not only to assist with basic daily needs, but to reach out in relationship and love, and thereby affirm the dignity of each person. For example, if a person has received an eviction notice—we refer them to agencies that provide that type of assistance. They may come in need of food or transportation—we provide referrals to other agencies, or offer grocery certificates or bus tokens. Our windsock and teen programs (described in the “History” section) provide stability, belonging and community for our young people and their families.
- Bridging with several churches and schools throughout the metro area and bring together people who might not otherwise meet. For example, students and their families from Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights collect food and prepare Thanksgiving baskets (all the ingredients for a full meal, including the turkey) for approximately 200 families identified by the sisters of the Minneapolis Monastery. The students then deliver the baskets in conjunction with neighborhood friends and actually spend time in conversation and prayer with the family receiving the food. This brings together two groups of people that might not otherwise connect.
- Monthly “Salesian Spirituality Evenings” open to all, during which a meal is shared and a presentation is offered. The evening concludes with night prayer. These are very popular gatherings, hosting 20-30 people in the living room of the our home.