Think VIP!

From our Winter newsletter...

VIP Alum Cody Maynus and Vis Companion Linda Goynes share treats at our Christmas party.

By S. Karen Mohan, VHM

What do a Monastic Studies grad student, a physical therapist, a Visitation alumna, a European Salesian spirituality “seeker” and a married woman now leading women’s programs in Afghanistan have in common? Did you think “VIP”? If so, you’re right on! Our former VIPs are now in these endeavors, fueled by Salesian spirit and Gospel focus from their service in north Minneapolis.

Encourage someone you know to consider a year of service with the Visitation Sisters.

These VIP alum spent a year in our monastery’s Visitation Internship Program which began in 2011. Community living, development of relationships among the people of north Minneapolis, Salesian spirituality and ministry on the north side are essential components of this volunteer program.

VIPs spend 10 months living in the neighborhood in housing provided by the Sisters. After visiting the many options for ministry in north Minneapolis, they offer 30 hours of service per week at a site that fits their talents and interests; they also spend 10 hours of service with the Sisters. Living simply, studying Salesian spirituality and praying and working with the Sisters in the monastery give both VIPs and Sisters a strong sense of community. Spiritual direction and prayer opportunities are important personal and spiritual supports for VIPs.

..if you are a young adult considering a year of “giving back and growing in your faith” in a vibrant, urban setting with a monastic community, consider this unique opportunity and “Think VIP”!

The Visitation Internship Program is open for women and men between the ages of 21-35 years.

Our website has specific information about the application process and the program itself. The website also has a recent video interview with one of our former VIPs, Anna Dourgarian and is delightful to view!

We are now taking applications for the 2017-2018 year. Encourage someone you know to consider a year of service with the Visitation Sisters. Pray for young adults as they discern how to live out the Gospel, and if you are a young adult considering a year of “giving back and growing in your faith” in a vibrant, urban setting with a monastic community, consider this unique opportunity and “Think VIP”!

Join us for “For the Bible Tells Me So” at St. Jane House: Tuesday, 5/15, 6pm!

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

An Invitation from Kelly Schumacher, Visitation Intern:

You’re invited to join us at St. Jane House on Tuesday, May 15th for a screening of For the Bible Tells Me So, a film about the intersection of religion and homosexuality in the U.S.  This is the next in our series, “Movies with Jane” featuring thought provoking films that inspire and/or challenge us to become better people!

MOVIES WITH JANE

6:00pm – Doors open to St. Jane House, 1403 Emerson Ave N

6:30pm – Film begins, followed by discussion

Limited to 20 people. RSVP here or to stjanehouse@gmail.com When we hit capacity we will start a waiting list.

About the film: Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families — including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson — we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake’s provocative, entertaining documentary and informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech. Feel free to let Brian or Kelly know if you have any questions. Peace!

Join us for “Food, Inc” at St. Jane House: Tuesday, 4/17, 6pm!

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

An Invitation from Kelly Schumacher, Visitation Intern:

Come join us at St. Jane House on Tuesday, April 17th for a screening of Food Inc., a film about food justice and food production. (Just in time to prepare for Earth Day!) This is the next in our series, “Movies with Jane” featuring thought provoking films that inspire and/or challenge us to become better people!

MOVIES WITH JANE

6:00pm – Doors open to St. Jane House, 1403 Emerson Ave N
6:30pm – Film begins, followed by discussion

Limited to 20 people. RSVP here or to stjanehouse@gmail.com
When we hit capacity we will start a waiting list.



About the film: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis Accepting Applications for Internship Program

by Brigid Ryan-Ling, Visitation Alumna

Internship Program is a Community-Living, Year-Long Volunteer Program for Young Adults

Are you called to a year of service?
Are you called to a year of service?

Minneapolis, MN—21 March 2012–The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis are accepting applications for their Visitation Internship Program (VIP), a volunteer-based program that provides young adults the opportunity to live in community in North Minneapolis with other young adults, providing service and ministry in the neighborhood for one year.

North Minneapolis is an economically challenged area of the Twin Cities, and the Visitation Sisters strive to create a prayerful presence in their neighborhood. Sister Karen Mohan, leader of the community, noted how young adults are excited to challenge themselves, and this opportunity gives them a chance to do just that.

Sr. Karen Mohan, vhm

Sr. Karen Mohan

“Young adults can share in the ministry of the Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis by ‘Living Jesus’ in urban Minneapolis for one year among those who are often marginalized.  This program is a wonderful opportunity for young adults to discover and apply the legacy of Catholic social justice teaching and deepen their own spirituality, all while serving others,” said Sister Karen.

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

Kelly Schumacher, VIP

VIP participant Kelly Schumacher said,

“My year as a VIP has been wonderful. I feel so blessed to have had this year to take a step back, live out my faith through service, explore questions of discernment and vocation, and learn from both my neighbors here in the North side and the Visitation Sisters.”

Some additional information:

  • Women and men between the ages of 21-35 eligible to apply.
  • The VIPs live in an intentional VIP community and commit to regular times together in their house and also with the Visitation Sisters
  • The VIPs serve in a ministry within the north Minneapolis community.
  • The VIPs learn Salesian spirituality through engaging with the Visitation Sisters, the Visitation Companions, north side neighbors, and through study and retreat opportunities.
  • The VIPs are offered spiritual direction, vocational discernment, and prayer opportunities through the Visitation Sisters.

Applications are currently being accepted for the year beginning August 2012. For more information, please click here: Visitation Internship Program

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The Sisters of the Visitation of Minneapolis are centered in a dynamic, extended community in North Minneapolis where they strive to be a faith-filled and whole-hearted proclamation that “Jesus Lives!” They are committed to expressing their Salesian spirituality by offering neighbors peaceful presence, radical hospitality, and participation in regular, frequent prayer.  The Sisters live discerning lives in a community of mutual leadership responding to and expressing God’s love incarnated in a unique kind of urban monasticism.