Interactive Online Groups

Interactive Online Groups at the Benedictine Peace Center


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Join an online interactive group at the Benedictine Peace Retreat Center to deepen your spiritual experience during this time of social distancing because of the coronavirus.  See our current opportunities for on-line discussions below.  Group sizes are limited; individuals will be enrolled on a first-come basis. 


The Peace Center is open on a limited basis, but we continue to offer programs online,  including
Online Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Enrichment Program, and the programs listed below.


Scripture Study, “Barnabas, Man for Others”

 Wednesday Evening,  7:00 – 8:30 .m., CDT
June 9, 16 and 23

Scripture Study

“The Kingdom of God” During the Easter season, as the Acts of the Apostles is read in our liturgies, the name of Barnabas appears at significant times.  Who was this man, nick-named Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement”, and what gifts did he bring to the early church?  What gift might his life be for us? This study uses materials from the new “Alive in the Word” series from the Little Rock Bible Study.  Our author is Biblical scholar and former Benedictine abbot, Father Jerome Kodell. 

This group will be led by Sr. Mary Jo Polak on Zoom beginning  7:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesdays June 9, 16, and 23. 

To register, inquire about an appropriate donation, and get information on ordering or downloading our text, email or call: 605-668- 6021; [email protected] before June 1. Late registrations are welcome if you can download your own book. 


Scripture Study, “The Kingdom of God”

 Wednesday Morning,  9:30 – 11:00 a.m., CDT
May 26,  June 9 and 16

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“The Kingdom of God” is a three week study of the essential message of Jesus.  Through stories and images Jesus teaches us that God’s presence among us is both welcoming and demanding.  This study will explore gospel passages that will help us see the transforming message of Jesus and its meaning in our lives. These sessions led by Sr. Doris Oberembt will be held on Google Meet from 9:30 – 11:00 CDT on Wednesdays May 26, June 9 and 16.  To register or inquire about an appropriate donation, email or call: 605-668-6022;  [email protected]

This study uses materials from the new “Alive in the Word” series from the Little Rock Bible Study.  Last year It received an honorable mention award from the Catholic Press Association.       

Please register by May 19 by contacting Sister Doris:
[email protected] / 605-668-6022.
Your email address will be needed when you register.


Lectio Divina– Praying together with Scripture

 Most Friday Mornings,  10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Central time 

retreats online groupOn Friday mornings, we will meet virtually for Lectio Divina, a time for praying with the Gospel of the following Sunday.  Our meetings, lead by S. Penny Bingham OSB, will include reading the Gospel several times, interspersed with quiet times of reflection, and sharing the fruit of our reflection.  You will need a computer, smartphone, or telephone; a Bible is optional.  We will use Google Meet; shortly before our meeting time, S. Penny will send you an email with the link needed to connect by computer or smartphone (with camera and mic) or by phone (audio only).     

To register at any time, contact Sister Penny:
[email protected] / 605-668-6023.
Your email address will be needed when you register.

You may join the group at any time. A few sessions are cancelled because of conflicts.  Go to for an updated schedule.


Fall Wednesday Morning Study — The Book of Exodus, Part I

ednesday Mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Central Time
Five Sessions

In the fall we will begin our on-line study of the Book of Exodus, Part scripture study exodus  Check the link for dates and registration information.

These five sessions will include study, reflection, discussion, YouTubes and prayer using materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  The studies are facilitated by S. Doris Oberembt.   New participants are welcome!

For more information and to register, contact S. Doris at 668-6022 or [email protected]  Pre-registration is required so that books may be ordered. 


Fall Wednesday Evening Group Topic — The Gospel of Luke


  Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Meeting on Zoom
Six Sessions, beginning end of September

The short text, The Gospel According to Luke by Father Michael Patella OSB, and the excellent resources of the Little Rock Bible Study will be our guides.  Your weekly preparation consists of reading the commentary and spending prayerful time with the study and reflection questions.  In session, we will pray, discuss, and watch a supplemental video.

Sister Mary Jo Polak OSB will be your facilitator as we gather on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Central time.  The six week fall series will begin at the end of September and the second part will be held during Lent.    Pre-registration is required as you will need to obtain your materials and prepare for the first session.  For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 605-668-6021.  

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