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Mark your calendars for the 2017 Advent Retreat, The Joys of Mary

The Joys of Mary, 2017 Advent Retreat at Benedictine Peace Center, Yankton, SD

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Check-in beginning at 9 a.m.

Please register by December 6th, 2017.

The approach of Christmas brings with it thoughts of birth and parenting.  The Scriptural stories from the Gospel of Luke used for meditation in praying the “Joyful Mysteries” of the traditional Catholic rosary give us the framework for our Advent Retreat,
“The Joys of Mary,” at the Benedictine Peace Center. You are invited to spend a peaceful morning reflecting on

  • Gabriel’s announcement of the Savior’s birth to Mary—as we prayerfully meditate on the Gospel story
  • Mary’s visit to Elizabeth—and our own response of praise to God
  • the birth of Jesus—as we reflect on several Nativity paintings
  • Mary’s experience as a parent in presenting the infant Jesus in the temple, and, twelve years later, in finding her lost son teaching in the temple—as we gain wisdom from Mary and one another in our own vocation of parenting.

The presenter, Sr. Mary Jo Polak, OSB, will help us delve into these mysteries and how they apply to our lives through guided meditation, journaling suggestions, artwork, and small group sharing.

For more information or to register by Dec. 6, e-mail or call 605-668-6292.

To view or download a printable brochure, click here.

Click for Directions.  We are about an hour from Sioux Falls and Sioux City, IA, and about 3 hours from Omaha or Lincoln, NE.


The Advent retreats at the Benedictine Peace Center always remind me that this is a season of waiting in hope and expectation.

I am invited to be still and listen for Christ’s growing presence in my life.

Kristi Gullickson

Chaplain, Sioux Falls, SD

In the meantime, enjoy this music meditation from last year’s retreat. 

Consider coming for a silent personal retreat — for whatever time frame works into your life.   Go to the Silent Retreats page for more information.

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Benedictine Sisters
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 W. 8th St.

Yankton, SD 57078

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