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  • Sister to Make Impact at Border In a Familiar Spot
  • Ss. Maribeth Wentzlaff and Kathy Burt attend Commonweal’s Public Square Award
  • Benedictine Sisters Fight To Combat Human Trafficking
  • New Member Orientation Under Way For Benedictine Oblates at Sacred Heart Monastery
  • Yankton’s Benedictine Peace Center Offers Program For Spiritual Growth
  • S. Peggy Venteicher Makes Her Perpetual Profession
  • Theresa McGinn Begins Novitiate at Sacred Heart Monastery
  • S. Mary Carole Curran Reaches 60 years at Sacred Heart Monastery
  • Novice Terry Lafferty Makes First Profession
  • S. Maribeth Her Voice Article

See Archives page for other events including 2017, 2016, and 2015 Jubilee Celebrations.

 


News

Sister to make Impact at Border In a familiar spot

A local Benedictine sister is presently on the border with Mexico in response to the flood of refugees.

Sister Clarice Korger of the Sacred Heart Monastery answered the call to serve with the Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, where she is slated to assist from Dec. 6-19.

“I don’t think anyone who’s picked up a newspaper, seen the TV news or news on the web hasn’t heard about the migrant caravan coming from Central America that started in Honduras,” Korger told the Press & Dakotan prior to her departure this week. “My monastery and Catholic sisters of different orders belong to an organization called the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR). A few months ago, they had a big meeting which our superior was at. A group called Annunciation House in El Paso sent out a letter to various groups — LCWR being one of them — asking for the assistance of donations and/or volunteers.”

She said that it took very little time for her to commit to the mission.

“My prioress asked me if I would be willing to do this and I said ‘yes’ after thinking and praying about it very quickly,” she said.

For the full article by Rob Nielsen visit here for the border article.


Commonweal Public Square Award

Ss. Maribeth Wentzlaff and Kathryn Burt were part of a group sent to represent Avera (In addition, Kara Payer Vice President of Mission from Avera in Yankton represented) at the Commonweal’s public square award to honor S. Carol Keehan, DC, President and Chief Executive Officer, … magazine’s 2018 Catholic in the Public Square Award.

  

 

News

Benedictine Sisters Fight To Combat Human Trafficking

 

Human trafficking in South Dakota is a more pressing issue than some may realize.

According to Sacred Heart Monastery Sisters Mary Jo Polak and Joelle Bauer, this is partially due to the interstate highway system and events such as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and other such predominantly male gatherings, that indirectly contribute to the trafficking issue.

“Brendan Johnson, the former U.S. attorney here in South Dakota, said that wherever you have a large gathering of men, you have a strong opportunity for prostitution and sex trafficking,” Polak said.

Polak and Bauer are members of the monastery’s Peace & Justice Education Committee, which tackles issues such as racism, immigration and gun violence.

Full story from the Press and Dakotan.

New Member Orientation Under Way For Benedictine Oblates at Sacred Heart Monastery

Becoming an Oblate of St. Benedict is a Christian lay person (all faiths) who associates one’s self with a Benedictine monastery in order to share in the spiritual and material good works of the community. An Oblate does not live within the monastic community, nor take vows, but carries out the usual duties of one’s particular state in life, wherever one is, continuing whatever profession or occupation in life one has by caring for family, friends and others… Full story from the Press and Dakotan. Similarly, visit our Become and Oblate page for details.

First of all, News

Yankton’s Benedictine Peace Center Offers Program For Spiritual Growth

spiritual growth program

Part of Sacred Heart Monastery’s Benedictine Peace Center’s mission is to help people. It aims to accomplish this in a different way by offering people the chance to take part in its new Spiritual Growth program.

From September to May 2019, the program is designed for men and women who want to deepen their relationship with God by meeting for two hours one Saturday morning a month, reading selected works of author Ronald Rolheiser, openly discussing that week’s reading and having the opportunity to take part in a silent, two-night retreat.

Meetings will be held at the monastery.

Full story from the Press and Dakotan.

For more information, visit our New Spiritual Growth Program page.

Most noteworthy, Sister Peggy Venteicher Makes Her Perpetual Profession

At Sunday Vespers on July 28 in the presence of S. Maribeth Wentzlaff, prioress, and the Benedictine Sisters, S. Peggy Venteicher made her perpetual profession to live a life of obedience, stability and conversion of life according to the Rule of St. Benedict. “I am called according to His purpose” from Romans 8:28 is the quote S. Peggy chose for this special day. Aware of God’s love throughout her life, S. Peggy says, “Many years after the multiple seeds were planted, my heart was open to God’s call and I am able to answer with a joyful ‘Yes.’”

For the full article select Press and Dakotan article.

 Novitiate begins journey at Sacred Heart Monastery

Novice Theresa McGinn

Novice Theresa McGinn

Theresa McGinn was received into the novitiate at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, at 12:30 p.m. during noon prayer on Sunday, August 5. During her novitiate year, Novice Theresa will spend time in prayer and in study of the Rule of St. Benedict, Benedictine life, community and Benedictine history, scripture, monastic profession, and human development as well as participating in the daily activities of the monastery. Sister Sharon Ann Haas will serve as her director.

Reflecting on this step in her life, Novice Theresa says, “I am looking forward to immersing myself into monastic life. My goal is to seek God’s will in all things I do. I know that if this is where He wants me, this will be a blessed time in my life.”

For the full article select Theresa McGinn Begins Novitiate at SHM.

S. Mary Carole Curran Reaches 60 Years At Sacred Heart Monastery

 

S. Mary Carole says that her call to religious life began in her childhood. She shares, “I always knew God was calling me but tried at first to ignore that persistent voice. Despite receiving several scholarships elsewhere, a full scholarship to Mount Marty College appears a part of God’s plan for me and drew me to Yankton and Sacred Heart Monastery.”

Her background includes growing up in York, NE with her parents, Jim and Mabel Curran, and brother John; her mother became ill and died when she was ten. She reflects that she, “sees now that this was also preparing me for my later ministry as a family therapist.”

To view full article select Press and Dakotan Story S. Mary Carole.

Novice Terry Lafferty Makes First Profession

At Saturday Vespers on August 4th in the presence of S. Maribeth Wentzlaff, prioress, and the Benedictine Sisters, Novice Terry Lafferty made her first profession to live a life of obedience, stability, and conversion of life according to the Rule of St. Benedict. Commenting on her profession, S. Terry reflects: “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve God, this community, and in the world as a Benedictine Sister.” Novice Terry is from Philadelphia, PA, and is the third of eight children of Patricia A. and the late Francis J. Lafferty. While serving as Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount Marty, Terry began studying the life of the Benedictine Sisters next door to the college campus, which led to her decision to join the Monastery. Her family joined the sisters in the joyful celebration of her profession. A reception was held in the monastery Chapter Room after the ceremony.

Hope is Anchored At Sacred Heart Monastery

By Aimee Huntley

Yankton Benedictines Sr. Maribeth food projectIt was a year to the day of Sister Maribeth Wentzlaff’s installation as the fourteenth prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota, and I felt blessed to be having a conversation with this remarkable woman! In addition to her six year term as prioress, she also serves on the board at Mount Marty College and co-chair of the sponsorship level for Avera. I have been acquainted with Sister Maribeth through seeing her occasionally at Mount Marty and various monastery/church events, and been a former student in one of the Rule of Benedict classes she’d previously taught at the college.

Getting to know S. Maribeth …

I had never had a one-on-one conversation with her thought, and was struck by her genuine love, knowledge and ability to share her inspiring experiences! Her happy personality and frequent laughter made our time together go swiftly. Most Catholic nuns wear some sort of cross, or crucifix as jewelry, but Sister Maribeth sported a beautiful golden anchor instead. She also has another silver one she received during a special trip to Rome, this emblem is ancient and was found in the catacombs. When asked what it signified she said, It’s the Christian symbol for hope. It reminds me to stay anchored in Christ.

To view full version, select S. Maribeth’s Her Voice article.

 

 

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