Meet Our Leadership Team
Sister Penny Bingham OSB, Prioress, 605-668-6001
S. Penny has lived in SD most of her life. She earned a degree in elementary education from Mt. Marty College and taught two years before joining Sacred Heart Monastery. She has also ministered to older Sisters and served in parish ministry, having received a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Elected in 2011 as Prioress of this community, she now serves as its spiritual and corporate leader.
“The prioress should always let mercy triumph over judgment in the hope of receiving like treatment from the Lord.” Rule of Benedict, Chapter 64
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Sister Jeanne Weber OSB, Subprioress, 605-668-6002
Sr. Jeanne grew up in Salem, South Dakota. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Marty College and a master of arts in Liturgical Studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville MN. She entered Sacred Heart Monastery in 1979 and has worked as a registered nurse, and in various positions within the Monastery, including director of the monastery infirmary, liturgy director and postulant director.
“The sub-prioress, for her part, is to carry out respectfully what her prioress assigns to her, and do nothing contrary to the prioress’s wishes or arrangements” (RB 65.16).
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Sister Mary Kay Panowicz OSB, Procurator, 605-668-6003
S. Mary Kay Panowicz, a native of St. Paul, NE, joined the Yankton Benedictines in 1966. She earned a BA degree in Art from Mount Marty College, a MSS from the University of South Dakota and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. She has ministered in public relations, art education and studio work, health governance and in liturgical space consultation. She has served as procurator since 2011.
“The cellarer (procurator) will regard all utensils and goods of the monastery as sacred vessels of the altar, aware that nothing is to be neglected. If goods are not available to meet a request, the cellarer will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift. (Sir 18:17). Rule of Benedict, Chapter 31