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Sister Marietta Kerkvliet Jubilee 50 Anniversary Yankton Benedictines Sacred Heart MonasteryGreetings,

Sister Marietta grew up in Salem, SD, and is the middle child of seven. She attended St. Mary’s Grade and High School, Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, IA, and Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. She entered Sacred Heart Monastery in August of 1964, made first monastic profession on June 29, 1966, and perpetual profession in November 25, 1972.

Sister Marietta’s ministries have included teaching grade school and being a Religious Education Director. She later returned to the monastery to be Vocation Director. She continues to serve the monastery in various ways, including serving on the Mount Marty College Board, being Liturgical Director, and guiding Sisters in formation.

She writes, “The possibility of being a Sister stood in front of me every day as I was taught by the Bernadines and later the Yankton Benedictines. Prayer for vocations was among our family prayers. So it was with a great deal of support that I entered Sacred Heart Monastery. Often we were invited by our teachers to consider religious life, and S. Rose invited me to Sacred Heart Monastery when I was completing high school at St. Mary’s in Salem. Her belief in me enabled me to ‘give it a try.’ When I entered, I did not know much about the differences in religious communities but found the way of Benedict to be a wonderful fit for me; it provided strong community support for prayer, work, and growth personally and spiritually. Celebrating 50 years has called me to pause and give thanks for God’s presence in my life, especially in my Benedictine Sisters who have provided stability on the journey, encouragement in the challenges, and role models to follow. Life lived together has been God’s greatest gift to me and enables me to reach out to others in many ways unrealized when I first knocked at the door. It is with a heart full of joy and gratitude to God, my Sisters, my family, and those with whom I have ministered that I celebrate this year of Jubilee.” (Yankton Benedictines, Spring 2016)

Blessings to you,

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