Sister Suzanne Hofmeyer and Sister Mary Frances Reis joined us for our first Social Justice Day. A day where our Middle and Upper School students engaged heart and mind while creating positive changes.
From Upper School teacher Amanda Rosas:
On October 3rd, the Middle and Upper School students participated in Visitation's first Social Justice Day. The theme guiding the day's work was "Removing Barriers, Making Change." Students started the day with an address by the Head of School. Ms. Gavic remarked that the day was "a day of engaging heart and mind in creating positive changes, a day to truly unite with and encounter one another in a way so reminiscent of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, two women delighting together in the life within them and the presence of God before them."
Kristi Hemmer, founder of Academy for Women's Empowerment conducted the morning session, highlighting the powerful messages of Malala Yousefzi's Nobel Peace Prize Speech. Middle and Upper School students then lead "Power Hour" Sessions where they explored more in depth where and how Visitation students can engage in small acts of social justice and effectively remove barriers and make change in their lives and communities.
The day ended with our very own Visitation Sisters, Sister Mary Frances Reis and Sister Suzanne Hofmeyer, who have lived and served at Visitation's North Minneapolis Monastery for decades. One of the Sisters' main messages is that when we remove the barrier of judgement and dismiss stereotypes as incomplete stories of marginalized people, we become closer to God and meaningfully reach the work of the gospel.
Each student also received a postcard from the North Minneapolis Monastery as a reminder that part of our Salesian Spirituality and Catholicism is social justice work, the small and big acts of love that move us closer to God and towards each other at the same time.