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The Doors To Becoming A Yankton Benedictine Sister

Doors to the Monastic Journey. We invite you to knock.

Click on each door to “Enter” and learn more about the Journey.

Yankton Benedictine Chapel Doors

Doors of Discernment
Discernment is a time to discover what my call or vocation in life is.

Yankton Benedictine Serious Seeker

Serious Seeker Door
A person who wants to look deeper at a religious call to a particular community.

Sister Penny Bingham, prioress, opens the monastery front door in response to the knock of Terry Lafferty who is accompanied by Sister Phyllis Hunhoff (left)

Postulancy Door
A postulant is a word used for a woman who asks to join our community.  This is the beginning of her time of initial formation.

Yankton Benedictines Novitiate Formation

Novitiate Door to the Formation Center
Novice is the word used for a woman who lives, studies, and works with our community to see if she is called to be a Yankton Benedictine.

Yankton Benedictines Chapter Door

Temporary Profession: Door to the Chapter Room
The entire community, the “Chapter” admits the woman to temporary profession, which may last three or more years.

Yankton Benedictines Final Profession Door

Final Profession Door
After three of more years, the woman and the community discern her readiness to make permanent commitment to the Benedictine way of life. “See how the Lord in His love shows us the way of life.”

Benedictine Sisters
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 W. 8th St.
Yankton, SD 57078
605-668-6000

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