Pray, Play, Work, Celebrate

Sacred Heart Monastery
2 min readSep 13, 2021


God is the source of all gifts in our lives and we express our gratitude in prayer. As a whole community we gather three times a day to give thanks and praise to God. We also seek to know Jesus on a personal level and do this by praying with the scriptures, with creation or by just sitting in God’s presence.


Our overall work is to spread the kingdom of God in the world. The sisters’ prayer and community life together provides the energy we need to do this ministry. Each sister’s gifts and talents are matched with the ministry needs so that she may grow in her personhood and those to whom she ministers may see the action of God in their lives.


It is part of our tradition to work hard and to play hard. Play is a great way to nourish our relationships with others, to re-energize, to get in touch with creation, and to nourish the child in us. Laughter is great medicine.


We need to take time out of our ordinary schedules to celebrate the important events of our lives. How do we do this? By celebrating birthdays, feast days, professions, jubilees with much anticipation and excitement. Funerals are also important as we gather to celebrate the sister’s life among us and her birth into eternal life. If we were to list some of the high points of community life, celebrations would be near the top of the list.

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Sacred Heart Monastery

We are Benedictine women of Yankton, SD, sharing our gift of seeking God through prayer, work, study and community life.