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.

Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis Launches New Internship Program, Welcomes First Two Participants to a Year of Service in north Minneapolis

Sr. Karen and Vis Companion Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde welcome Beth Anne Cooper and Kelly Schumacher

Sr. Karen and Vis Companion Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde welcome Beth Anne Cooper and Kelly Schumacher

Minneapolis, MN—24 October 2011– The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis have successfully launched a new year-long internship program, the Visitation Internship Program, or VIP Program.   The Sisters are excited to welcome two young women as the inaugural participants to the VIP Program.  Kelly Schumacher, a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana College in Illinois, and Beth Anne Cooper, a native of New York and graduate of Hope College in Michigan, are the first two participants to begin a year of service alongside the Visitation Sisters in north Minneapolis.

Schumacher and Cooper have already begun to make a difference on the north side.  They are involved in teaching English as Second Language (ESL) classes to immigrants and refugees, advocacy work, working with grade schoolers on both schoolwork and relationship building, coaching youth sports, learning more about restorative justice, service-learning planning for small groups that include urban immersion experiences, to name a few of their early involvements.

Beth Anne, Kelly and Northside friend at Valley Fair

Beth Anne, Kelly and Northside friend at Valley Fair

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, head of the Monastery, said that the Sisters are responding to a movement on behalf of young people who want to provide service in such a way: “The Sisters are excited to offer this opportunity for young adults to join us for a year of service to those who are often economically and socially challenged.”

Some additional information about the VIP Program:

  • Women and men between the ages of 20-35 are eligible to apply.
  • The VIPs live in an intentional VIP community and commit to community nights once a week with their house, and then also with the Sisters on a regular basis.
  • The VIPs serve in a ministry within the north Minneapolis community.
  • The VIPs learn Salesian spirituality through 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.

To read more about Kelly and Beth Anne, click: Meet the VIP’ers.
For more information, click: Visitation Intern 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.