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Health Care Ministry

Health Care Ministry

The Gospel mandates the ministries of healing, giving people health and life as Jesus did. The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery responded to the needs of the people and began Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton since 1897. Today the Sisters minister in a wide variety of health care settings. Ss. Joyce Streff (pictured below) and Joyce Feterl are hospital chaplains. Other Sisters help in St. Joseph’s Care Center, looking after the physical and emotional needs of our elderly sisters; Ss. Sarah Schultz and Peggy Venteicher  (both pictured below) are nurses working at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, while several other Sisters are nurse educators at Mount Marty College; Ss. Mary Carole Curran and Kate Crowley have worked in the field of mental health.

The Rule of Benedict teaches …

In his Rule, St. Benedict writes, “Before all things and above all things, care is to be taken of the sick so that they may be served, in very deed, as Christ himself.” (Rule of Benedict, Chapter 34) S. Debra Kolecka, a Certified Nurse Practitioner, reflects on this teaching, “I see in this a double meaning: to serve others as if we were serving Christ and to serve others as Christ would serve them.” S. Debra serves the health needs of the monastic community and also is a System member for Avera.

Yankton Benedictine Sr. Joyce Streff

S. Joyce Streff offers listening ears and heart to the patients she ministers to as a chaplain in Mitchell, S.D.









S. Sarah Schultz stops at the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the lobby of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. 

Yankton Benedictines Sr Sarah at Sacred Heart




S. Peggy Venteicher surgical floor nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital is featured below with award.

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

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