By Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna ’93

The Invitation:
There is a movement of the spirit that is bringing young adults together in urban neighborhoods for

Joyful Discerners

Young adults in discernment

prayer, community, and simple living.  We, the Visitation Sisters of north Minneapolis, are responding to this movement and offer young adults the chance to  join us for a year of service to those who are often economically and socially challenged.

“It is bad enough that people come hungry to our door. Now they come very, very cold with that same need. We often have a fire going and they hang out for a while longer than usual. I can tell when they get up to go that it has been the conversation, just an honest open back and forth that warms them as much as anything.” Sister Katherine Mullin

In Thanksgiving!

In Thanksgiving!

Visitation Internship Program (VIP)
The mission of VIP is to give young adults the opportunity to extend the ministry of the Visitation Sisters, which is to Live Jesus in north Minneapolis. This is done through community living, development of relationships, Salesian Spirituality, and an internship of ministry within north Minneapolis.

Women and men between the ages of 20-35 who have finished college or who have taken a year off from their studies or work to spend a year of direct service to those in need are welcome to apply. VIPs will have the opportunity to develop some life skills through simple living in a Christian community and through a relationship with the Visitation Sisters of north Minneapolis.

1.   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.

2.  The VIPs serve in a ministry within the north Minneapolis community, one that fits the intern’s gifts and talents and the needs of the north Minneapolis community.

3.   The VIPs learn Salesian spirituality through the Visitation Sisters, the Visitation Companions, north side neighbors, and through study and retreat opportunities.

4 . The VIPs are offered spiritual direction, vocational discernment, and prayer opportunities through the Visitation Sisters.

Applications are available now for August 2011-Summer 2012. For more information and to apply please go to our website: VIP

We invite you to consider this program with the Visitation Sisters if it speaks to you, or to invite others you know who this might be a best next step for them in their journey. Help spread the word and the good news that VIP is here!

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Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan is a 1993 graduate of the Mendota Heights Visitation; she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and three sons. She is a freelance writer who is passionate about motherhood and sharing Salesian Spirituality . We are happy to feature her here as a guest blogger from time to time.


SKatherine · January 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

This is a well written synopsis of the internship program, Beth. Thanks you. It is truly exciting for all of us! I never wish too much work on anybody, but I hope your committee has lots of work to do to sort through the questions asked and the applications sent in! SK2

elizabeth sullivan · January 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Me too we are thrilled and excited for it to come to fruition.

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