Spiritual Enrichment Program

The Monthly Gathering



The monthly two-hour gathering will include prayer and reflective dialogue with staff and other program participants on the focus topic for the month.  The meetings are held on Zoom from 9:30—11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. The sessions are led by  Benedictine Peace Center staff with expertise in a particular topic.

The book (available on Amazon) that will guide our discussions is The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton by Sophfronia Scott.  The author is a young black woman from a non-Catholic faith tradition who explores Merton’s journals for his thoughts on how to live in these turbulent times.  She dialogues and spars with him, inviting us into conversation around such topics as race, ambition, faith, activism, nature, prayer, friendship, and love.

Here’s a downloadable brochure to share with friends.

The Silent Retreat



The three-day silent personal retreat experience at the Benedictine Peace Center is included in the program cost. You may schedule your retreat at a convenient time for you on a space-available basis.  An optional meeting with a spiritual director is included in your retreat.

When will we meet?

Dates for the Spiritual Enrichment Program gatherings
for 2022-2023 are the following Saturdays:

  • September 10, 2022
  • October 8, 2022
  • November 12, 2022
  • December 10, 2022
  • January 14, 2023
  • February 11, 2023
  • March 11, 2023
  • April 15, 2023

Use the contact form below to register, or email/call Program Coordinator, S. Penny Bingham,
at pbingham@yanktonbenedictines.org/ 605-668-6023.


Program cost for the year is $400.  Payable by cash or check to the Benedictine Peace Center,
1005 W 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078, or use this link for PayPay:


Thank you for your interest in the Spiritual Enrichment Program. Our 2022-2023 program Conversations with Thomas Merton is full at this time. Let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list so you are one of the first to hear of upcoming programs. You can email us at benedictinepeacectr@yanktonbenedictines.com


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