Snapshots from the Sisters: Title This!

Photo by Brian Mogren, Visitation Companion

On Saturday,  November 10, 2012, the Visitation Sisters held their annual “Winter Weather Clothing Giveaway” –sponsored by the Mendota Heights Visitation Campus Ministry. Over 600 gently used coats were collected by girls from Visitation School and handed out at the Girard Avenue Monastery. (Thank you girls!) Here Lenzel, Sister Mary Frances, Vis Companion Christi, and Vis student don some funny hats. Care to provide a caption below?

Care to provide a creative caption?

Care to provide a creative caption?

To see more pictures from this day, check out the “Coat Giveaway Preparation” album at our facebook page.

Welcome UW-Stout Students! Retreat Time for Young Adults

Table at St. Jane House

— at St. Jane House.

The table is set to welcome eleven University of Wisconsin-Stout students for an overnight retreat inspired by the St. Frances de Sales quote “Be who you are and be that well.” Sister Katherine Mullin and Visitation Companion Brian Mogren will facilitate this retreat that will ask the question, “Who are we, really? And how are we uniquely called forth to make a difference in the world?” We will explore the concepts of True Self/False Self and accessing our True Selves through contemplative prayer/meditation. Looking forward to our time with these young people!

“Who are we, really? And how are we uniquely called forth to make a difference in the world?”


Interested in bringing a group to the St. Jane House for a retreat of this nature? We’d love to have you! Contact us and let’s talk…


-S. Katherine Mullin (Vocations Director):  katherinefmullin@gmail.com

Join us for our next “Books with Jane” installation: “Take This Bread” by Sara Miles

Kathryn Kaatz, Series Coordinator for "Books with Jane"

Kathryn Kaatz, Series Coordinator for "Books with Jane"

We are excited to share our Fall/ Winter selections for the ‘“Books with Jane” series at our Urban Spirituality Center  in north Minneapolis.  Join us every other month at the St. Jane House from 6pm -8pm to discuss books that inspire or challenge us to become better people. (Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and book discussion starts at 6:30pm.)

Here are the upcoming selections:
November 29: “Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion” by Sara Miles (details below.)
January 31: “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis
March 28: tbd
May 30: tbd

Watch the St. Jane House Facebook page for more information and to RSVP.

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More on Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles…

Early one morning, for no earthly reason, Sara Miles, raised an atheist, wandered into a church, received communion, and found herself transformed–embracing a faith she’d once scorned. A lesbian left-wing journalist who’d covered revolutions around the world, Miles didn’t discover a religion that was about angels or good behavior or piety; her faith centered on real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away. Within a few years, she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen food pantries in the poorest parts of their city.

Take This Bread is rich with real-life Dickensian characters–church ladies, millionaires, schizophrenics, bishops, and thieves–all blown into Miles’s life by the relentless force of her newfound calling. Here, in this achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ.

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–Kathryn Kaatz, Northside Neighbor, Friend of St. Jane House

“Movies with Jane” — Mark your Calendars!

Brian Mogren, Director, St. Jane House

Brian Mogren, Director, St. Jane House

We are excited to share the 2012-2013 season’s “Movies with Jane” line up. Join us every month at the St. Jane House to watch and discuss movies that inspire or challenge us to become better people.

Here are the upcoming selections:
Oct. 23: “The Line” – produced by Sojourners
Nov. 13: “Miss Representation”
Jan. 13: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Feb. 12: “The Power of Forgiveness”
March 5: “Portrait of a Radical: The Jesus Movement”
April (day TBD): “Good Hair”

Watch the St. Jane House Facebook page for more information and to RSVP.

–Brian Mogren, Visitation Companion, Director of St. Jane House

“Be Still and Be:” Centering Prayer at St. Jane House

Centering Prayer at St. Jane House

Centering Prayer at St. Jane House

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Visitation Companion

Every Tuesday morning, I rise from my bed in St. Paul, MN, shower, dress and head out the door to cross the river to north Minneapolis and attend Centering Prayer at St. Jane House. Every Tuesday morning, no matter how much sleep I’ve gotten the night before, I wake with a full heart, enthusiastic for this ritualistic way of starting my day. Like the Visitation Sisters themselves, who start each day in community, in prayer, I join a faith circle — this one convened at the Sisters’ neighboring Spirituality Center named after their co-foundress, St. Jane de Chantal.  Here, I feel the spirits and stories and prayerful intentions of those gathered and those convening all over the world in prayer. In a word, it’s “awesome.”

We begin each centering prayer session with simple instructions. As the co-founder of this group, Visitation Companion and manager of St. Jane House, Brian Mogren gets us started each Tuesday with the following words:

In Centering Prayer, we express our intention to be in faith and love with God who dwells in the center of our being. We take up a sacred word and let it be gently present, supporting our being with God in faith-filled love. It’s a symbol of our intention to be with God in prayer. Whenever we become aware of anything else, we simply, gently return to God with the use of our prayer words. At the end of our 20 minutes of meditation, we close with “Our Father” said very slowly.

Brian then recites a poem or psalm or invites a fellow meditation participant to read us a passage from the bible, before he rings the singing bowl. One of my favorite texts included here is “Be Still and Know that I am God.” Brian will repeat this, shortening it each time, “Be still and know” to “be still” to just “be.”

“Be Still and Know that I am God.”

On this most recent Tuesday, the word, “be” became my sacred word that guided me in prayer. For twenty minutes, I found myself returning to an ecstatic space of love, joy; I was present with all of creation; I was simply trying to “be.” The laundry list of my life’s to-dos fell away, as I relaxed, with community around me simultaneously attempting this radical goal of silent presence, and I acknowledged the love welling up in me.

I have a recurring “vision,” if you will, during my prayer times where a radiant white light streams in a star pattern, connecting the hearts of every person gathered, with all of the stories of ancestors and loved ones that accompany them; this light  intersects in the center of our room and reminds me that I’m not alone in my silence, in my surfacing prayers and intentions.

After twenty minutes of intentional quiet, complete with all the natural sounds of an urban neighborhood, the singing bowl rings again, and participants are invited to now give voice to their prayers.

Brian has a special way of inviting these intentions, too. He says something about how we join our intentions with those on the lips and in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. It always gives me pause, and reminds me how sacred this activity is, and  how connected we all are, no matter where we stop to pause and “be present.”

What prayer and meditation practices are most life-giving for you?
Who do you share your heart with?
What person or group of people nurture your prayer or contemplations?
How does God speak to you and remind you of your beloved nature and calling?

I invite you to join me on any given Tuesday for Centering Prayer at St. Jane House. Doors open at 7:30am. Blessings!

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.

Join us at St. Jane House for Mardi Gras and a Movie: 2/21, 6pm!

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

Kelly Schumacher, Vis Intern

An Invitation from Kelly Schumacher, Visitation Intern:

After the success of our first installment of Movies with Janelast month, we’re looking to continue offering St. Jane House as a space for movie watching and good discussion!

Join us on Tuesday, 2/21 at 6pm for Mardi Gras and a screening of Tom Shadyac’s inspiring and groundbreaking film “I AM”.

Please consider joining us (and bringing a friend). Snacks will be served and discussion will follow.

RSVP to stjanehouse@gmail.com.

Any questions, please contact me at kelly.schumacher@gmail.com or 630.656.8762
Peace!


St. Jane House
1403 Emerson Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 965-9446