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Interactive Online Programs 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. 


All programs are currently offered on line because of COVID-19, including
Online Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Enrichment Program.

On-site retreats and discussions will resume when it is safe to do so.


Online Lenten Retreat — Finding HOPE in the Deserts of Our Lives


 Saturday Morning,  February 20, 2021
9:30 – 11:45 a.m., Central time 

Lenten Retreat 2021 Finding Hope

Ash Wednesday is February 17.  Start your Lent off right by coming to this Lent retreat on Saturday, February 20!

This retreat will be presented on Zoom by Peace Center staff, Sisters Jeanne Ranek, Doris Oberembt, Penny Bingham, and Mary Jo Polak.

 The morning will include times of prayer, short presentations, brief periods of silent reflection and dialogue in small breakout groups.

 Go to for more information.  Fifty people joined together for our Advent retreat in this same format, using Zoom.

Lectio Divina– Praying together with Scripture”

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

retreats online groupOn Fridays, January 15,22, and 29 and February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 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: / 605-668-6023.
Your email address will be needed when you register.

You may join the group at any time; depending on interest, we may continue offering Lectio Divina in the following months. 

 Lenten Wednesday Morning Study — The Book of Genesis, Part II

ednesday Mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Central Time
Five Sessions, February 24 – March 24

Genesis II Scripture StudyDuring this Lenten season we will continue our on-line study of the Book of Genesis with Part 2.  In this study we will reflect on the journeys of Isaac, Jacob and the story of Joseph and his brothers from the perspective of what these accounts reveal to us about God and God’s relationship with the Israelites and what they reveal to us for our spiritual journey today.  These five sessions will include study, refleciton, discussion, YouTubes and prayer using materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  Facilitated by S. Doris Oberembt, New participants are welcome!

For more information and to register, contact S. Doris at 668-6022 or no later than February 15  Pre-registration is required so that books may be ordered. 


Lenten Wednesday Evening Group Topic — Laudato Si
Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment

  Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Meeting on Zoom
Six Sessions, February 24 – March 31 

What do the Scriptures say about the environment, beginning with the Creation story in Genesis?  What can we learn from St. Francis of Assisi and contemporary scientists?   Join our Wednesday evening group  to reflect on the papal document, “Laudato Si” using the document itself, videos by Father Daniel Horan OFM, and a Faith Formation Guide, “Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s  Laudato Si” by David Cloutier.   

This evening series for Lent 2021 will be facilitated by S. Mary Jo Polak, meeting 7:00-8:30 for 6 weeks, beginning February 17.  (An alternate first session will be provided for those who wish to attend evening Ash Wednesday services.)  Pre-registration is required by February 15 as you will need to obtain your materials for the first session.  For more information, e-mail or call 605-668-6021. 


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1005 W. 8th St.
Yankton, SD 57078

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