The Benedictine Path

at the Benedictine Peace Center
The Benedictine path symbolized by Scholastica open to Benedictine wisdom for daily life.

The spirituality of the Benedictine path has guided monastics for over 1500 years and has impacted the world.  The Rule of Benedict provides a path that can guide you in YOUR daily life, your relationships, your family, your prayer.  It’s not just for those living in monasteries and it’s not just for Catholics either — this Benedictine path is a wisdom road that has been walked by people of all denominations.

Recognizing the gift we have been given, the Benedictine Peace Center has developed new offerings centered on the gifts of our Benedictine tradition.

Choose from offerings

  • Online via Zoom
  • In-person gatherings

Select opportunities

  • For individuals already living the Benedictine way
  • For persons who desire to explore the Benedictine way
The Benedictine Path is followed by those who follow the wisdom of the Rule of Benedict.

“ . . .as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments,
our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.”  Prologue, v. 49, Rule of St. Benedict

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Benedictine Wisdom for Today     Lectio Divina     Contemplative Mornings


Benedictine Wisdom for Today

blankThe Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton invite interested persons to learn more about the wisdom of the Benedictine path.  Come, join us in reflecting on ways in which gifts of this monastic tradition can be helpful to men and women, lay and clergy, on the journey of living the Scriptures and seeking God in all life experiences.  This introductory session will include discussion and prayer, interspersed between short presentations by:

  • S. Penny Bingham on the relevance of Benedict’s teachings for today.
  • S. Mary Jo Polak on listening to God, ourselves and one another.
  • S. Jeanne Ranek on conversatio, openness to change and growth.
  • Barbara Rezac on the challenge of hospitality to welcome all people.
  • S. Rosemarie Maly on the Scriptural prayer of lectio divina.

Join us on Saturday, March 4, 2023

9:30 12 noon

Chapter Room, Sacred Heart Monastery

 Register before noon on Friday, March 3

by emailing

or calling Sacred Heart Monastery switchboard, 605-668-6000.

 There is no cost to participants for the March 4 session, thanks to funding by the Benedictine Service Fund.

For future opportunities to deepen an understanding of Benedictine spirituality, individuals may elect to register for a variety of offerings at the Peace Center.

Experience the Liturgy of the Hours

blankSacred Heart Parish, 509 Capital St, Yankton, SD 57078, welcomes you to Lenten Vespers, on Sunday evening, March 5 at 7 p.m.  Planned by Fr. Thi Pham, the Benedictine Peace Center and the musicians of Sacred Heart Monastery, the prayer experience will begin with a short introduction to Liturgy of the Hours – its place in the prayer life of the Church and the meaning of its structure and rhythm.  No RSVP necessary.

The Liturgy of the Hours, along with lectio divina, is the definitive prayer style of Benedictine spirituality.  Here at the monastery, we invite you to join us for morning and evening prayer.  Sunday and feastday prayers are in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel, while daily prayer is in the Peace Chapel, lower level of Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel.

Exploring Lectio Divina

Come to learn about the ancient prayer of lectio divina, a way of praying the Scriptures.  The session will include a teaching about this unique approach to prayer that holds appeal for persons at every stage of spiritual development, different personality types, and various Christian traditions.  Lectio is typically a solitary experience; however, used in a small group, lectio provides a powerful mode for faith-sharing.  Following a teaching about the history and recent recovery of this way of praying participants will have a chance to practice shared lectio.  For more information, contact S. Jeanne Ranek at

Lectio Divina


Lectio Divina means “sacred reading.”  It is a way of praying with Scripture, listening to God’s Word.  Lectio is part of our early Christian heritage, helping us to encounter God in His living word.  In our online lectio divina, we read a Scripture passage several times.  Short times of silence between the readings allow God’s Word to soak into us, to speak to us.  Lectio invites us to pray Scripture, rather than study it, as we listen for God’s voice  We open our hearts so that God’s Word can touch us and guide our living as we pray with Scripture.  In our online lectio, there is time to share your reflections with other participants, if we choose.

Online Lectio Divina – Praying together with Scripture

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

Meet online for lectio divina, a time for praying with the Gospel of the following Sunday. Our gatherings are scheduled on most Fridays. All are welcome to these gatherings, led by Sister Penny Bingham OSB.

To register at any time, contact Sister Penny: / 605-668-6023.
Your email address will be needed when you register.
We appreciate your freewill offering via PayPal, or check,
payable to Benedictine Peace Center, 1005 W. 8th St. Yankton, SD 57078.

You may join this spiritual growth program at any time; the group will continue as long as there is interest.  Note that it does not meet every Friday because of program conflicts.   

Contemplative Mornings

Third Saturday of Most Months | 9 AM-Noon


blankMany Christians today long for a more intimate relationship with God that is not always experienced through praying primarily with discursive prayer.  Centering prayer is a form of prayer that is responding to that desire, that need.  In Centering Prayer, we come to God open, receptive, and willing to listen. It gives us a chance to just be present to God’s love and to let go of the daily distractions of life.

Centering Prayer sessions are usually held on the third Saturday of most months at Sacred Heart Monastery from 9 – 11:45. This involves four 20 minute sitting sessions, with a break in the middle. This is complemented by a teaching and a time for quiet solitude.   Participants are expected to be vaccinated.

For further information or to participate in this spiritual growth program, download our brochure. You may also contact us at Benedictine Peace Center 605-668-6292 or email Sr. Doris at:  Please call ahead as our schedule sometimes varies.  We appreciate your offering via PayPal, cash, or check, payable to Benedictine Peace Center, 1005 W. 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078.