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Community Retreat

As we do each year, our community took time for our annual retreat Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29. We listened together to twice-daily conferences given by our retreat director, Sr. Mary Jo Polak, OSB. We gathered for our daily liturgies, and spent the rest of the time in silence, providing the fertile ground for personal prayerful reflection and holy leisure.  


Sr. Mary Jo blessed us with insights into St. Benedict’s use of “heart” in his Rule and some uses of “heart” in Scripture. She led us in an exploration of the themes generated by these references, creatively engaging our minds and hearts in her presentations and invitations for reflection. The grace and blessings of this retreat time will inspire us to continue to cultivate our Benedictine hearts as we journey into the future.


Sr. Mary Jo is a Sister of St. Benedict of Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, SD. Most recently she has worked in the Student Life Office at Mount Marty College and has been on staff at her community’s retreat center, the Peace Center.

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