Who We Are
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We are a community of 81 Benedictine Women in Yankton, South Dakota, who work, pray, play and celebrate together.
- We are women who live in monastic community according to the Rule of St. Benedict with its 1500 years of lived tradition
- We are women who profess obedience, stability and conversion of life
- We are women led by a prioress, who is the spiritual leader of our community, and one whom we believe is a voice and presence of Christ in our lives
- We are women of the Dakota prairies who trace our roots to the Swiss community of Maria Rickenbach, nestled on the side of a picturesque Alp
- We are women, who since 1880, have ministered to God, God’s people and each other beginning in Maryville, Missouri and then in the Dakotas and beyond
- We are women who strive for a balanced life of prayer, work, and recreative leisure in our lives
- We are women who share our hopes and dreams, our resources and talents, our challenges and sorrows as TOGETHER WE SEEK GOD
- Elementary & Secondary Education
- Higher Education
- Health Care
- Parish Work
- Retreats/ Spiritual Direction
- Monastery Ministries
- Music and Art
- Monastery Gift Shop
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