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Community: One Heart, One Soul

The Acts of the Apostles describes the first Christians in this way:

Ss. Corrine Lemmer, Theresa Lafferty and Patricia Heirigs cleaning corn.

Left to right: Ss. Corrine Lemmer, Theresa Lafferty , and Patricia Heirigs

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. Acts 4:32-33. That’s where our motto, “One Heart, One Soul,” comes from. This motto in stained glass stood over the door of one of our earliest buildings in Yankton and now greets visitors near our front door. The apostolic call of Benedictines is to witness by how we live community, and we’ve been striving to do this since 1880.

One heart, one soul community

Community: One Heart, One Soul motto in stain glassWhat does community mean to Benedictines?

For Benedictines to be a, “one heart, one soul community” it means it isn’t just our organizational structure. It’s something we live every day, guided by the ancient wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict. Every day we show our love for Christ by our efforts to:
+ love one another
+ build trustful and loving relationships with God, with one another, with planet earth, and with our deepest selves;
+ practice collaboration and cooperation;
+ learn the daily arts of forgiveness and peacemaking.

How does that work on a daily basis?

Each sister also belongs to a living group of 4–12 people with whom she shares time and living area. There are 10 living room/kitchenette spaces throughout the monastery, with names like Subiaco (Benedict’s first monastery), Jericho, or Emmaus. Sisters gather for noonday prayer in their living room and also hear how everyone’s day is going. After supper the Sisters pray compline, visit, watch TV or play games with their group.

Curious? More details on all the Living Groups and fun facts also!

Benedictine Sisters
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 W. 8th St.
Yankton, SD 57078

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