National Catholic Sisters Week: Trolley Ride!

Srs Karen & Katherine join other religious for this NCWS activity organized by the SSNDs.

by Sr. Katherine Mullin, VHM

Sister Karen and I participated in this past weekend’s Twin Cities trolley ride event as part of National Catholic Sisters Week. Our hope was to bring awareness to Sisterhood and our common work for Peace and Justice. We had fun riding the trolley with 40 other Catholic Sisters from different religious communities. Check out our pictures below, and see how we were “all in”!

“Our hope was to bring awareness to Sisterhood and our common work for Peace and Justice.”

The trolley traveled to Lumen Christi parish, Ascension, Assumption, and even Mickey’s Diner. We “quietly” entered the St. Kate’s library and University of St. Thomastoo-handing out candy, wishing the students our best in their studies. The co-eds looked up and smiled at the fun and then went back to work. We ended the day with 4:30pm mass at the Basilica, givng out some material and a prayer for our world. As a follow up, food bags are also being delivered to the Dorothy Day Center. All this was quite cleverly planned by the SSND Sisters (School Sisters of Notre Dame). 

Live+Jesus! 

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To see more photos, visit our Flickr Album: NCWS: Nuns on a Trolley! 

How to Become a Sister

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Visitation Companion

How does one become a nun?

How does someone become a nun?

“How does someone become a nun? What is the route for any young person or older adult to becoming a religious? What is the path to professed life with the Visitation Sisters of north Minneapolis?”

Excellent Questions! Let me tell you!

This past Spring, members of our Vocations team attended the National Evangelization Teams (NET) Ministries Lifeline Mass event in West St. Paul; it was here that these essential questions surfaced once again for our group in provocative ways (and inspired this post). On this particular cold Saturday night, where there were roughly 500 people gathered –of mostly teens and young adults — the pressing queries about vocation and calling felt palpable. With the auditorium space brimming with youth, the site was truly awe-inspiring. And the inquiry: “How does someone become a vowed member of an order?” was articulated for our glorious panel of professed sisters.

While there is a pretty direct and publicly known path for male religious – priests-  the journey for women is different; it’s not information as commonly held by discerning females.

For those seeking answers, here are some key words and stages* to familiarize yourself with:

Inquiry

Postulancy

Novitiate

First Profession

Permanent Profession/ Life Vows

*Excerpted from The Process” under the “Become a Sister” section on our website

For more details on this process, we have an entire section of our website devoted to these steps and stages of becoming a nun. We encourage your questions, invite your presence, and desire your prayers where religious life and vocations are concerned.

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The most direct way to discern if the Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis are the community for you is: to visit us. The Sisters host “Come and See” Weekends throughout the year, but waiting to check us out via this venue is not necessary. Our doors are open to you. Our daily prayer  and meal and mass times are listed here on our calendar. We welcome you to join us!

If distance or time is prohibitive for an immediate visit, you can learn more about us and our charism through this website – as well as many published resources.**  Start by reading about our founders, Sts. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal.  I recommend their book, “Letters of Spiritual Direction”, (translated by Péronne Marie Thibert, VHM, with an introduction by Wendy Wright and Joseph S Powers, OSFS; and preface by Fr. Henri Nouwen) as a great starting point. It was this text that drew me into the Salesian charism and affirmed my calling with this order. Another resource to pray with is a copy of the Golden Counsels, or this slim volume of daily quotes and meditations: “Heart Speaks to Heart, Thoughts from St. Francis de Sales” compiled by Sister Margaret Ann Calcutta, ASCJ.
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**For further texts and resources, check out these websites:
DeSales Resources and Ministries
Salesian Spirituality