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Join a Benedictine Peace Center-sponsored retreat — an online group 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. 

For many of us the pandemic has seriously impacted financial status.  With that in mind, we will offer these special opportunities on a free-will offering basis, requesting an offering if you are able at this time in the form of a check payable to Benedictine Peace Center, 1005 West 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078.

  “HOPE: An Anchor in Today’s World”

Participate through Google Meet in an on-line Scripture discussion on Monday, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on June 8, 15 and 22.  Participants must obtain their own text which may be ordered at; downloadable e-versions are available.   Limited to 8 participants; leader – S. Mary Jo Polak.

This study, written by S. Janet Scheaffler OP, is part of the Little Rock Bible Study “Alive in the Word” series.  We will look at the virtue of Christian hope from the vantage point of three relevant Scriptures.  The focus of the three weeks are–  

  1. Flowing from Our Praise of God – Psalm 146Benedictine Peace Center online group
  2. The Anchor amid Difficulties — Romans 8:18-27
  3. Voicing and Living Expectations  —  Luke 18: 35-43

Technology Required to participate:

  • Email
  • Computer, phone or other device with internet connection
  • Computer camera is optional; a telephone connection will suffice
  • Ability to order your own text online or by phone

To register, contact Sister Mary Jo: / 605-668-6021

  “Lectio Divina– Praying together with Scripture”

Benedictine Peace Center online groupOn Fridays, June 12, 19, and 26,  we will meet virtually for Lectio Divina, a time for praying with the Gospel of the following Sunday.  Our meeting will include reading the Gospel several times, interspersed with quiet times of reflection, and sharing the fruit of our reflection.  Meeting time:  10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Central time.  I will use Google Meet; shortly before our meeting time, I will send you an e-mail with the link needed to connect by computer or smartphone (with camera and mic) or by phone (audio only).  Our May meetings will provide time to savor the Gospel readings of Easter and Pentecost.
Limited to 8 participants; leader – S. Penny Bingham, OSB

Needed from you:  your e-mail address when you register.
You will need:  a Bible, a computer, smartphone, or telephone

To register, contact Sister Penny: / 605-668-6023.

“Mystics in Turbulent Times”

Gather with a small group online to reflect and dialogue on this topic.  You are invited to share your thoughts and inspirations in this facilitated dialogue led by S. Jeanne Ranek, OSB.  The online group will meet two times at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16 and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

A free-will offering may be mailed to us if you are able.  Please make checks payable to the Benedictine Peace Center, 1005 West 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078.

Some questions for reflection and sharing:Benedictine Peace Center online group

  • What is a mystic?  How do we understand the term?  How does our definition shape our spirituality?
  • How do you understand the flowering of mysticism during historical periods of plague and political and economic turmoil?  What examples come to mind?  Can we draw wisdom from the past to notice a spiritual call in the experience of our contemporary pandemic?
  • Can a person have peace in the midst of turbulence or chaos?
  • What other thoughts arise for you as we ponder this topic, “Mystics in Turbulent Times”?

Technical Information and Registration:

The technology for this dialogue is simple.  You will need a computer with camera and speakers.  No downloads are required.  About one hour prior to each online meeting, S. Jeanne will send an e-mail invitation to “Join a meeting.”  At 10:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting, you can click on a link to join the meeting.  We will take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to the group at our first of two meetings—June 16 and June 23.

To register, contact S. Jeanne via e-mail or leave a voice-mail message at 605-668-6024.

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

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