Benedictines Celebrate 125 Years in South Dakota

Posted by on Jun 22, 2005 | No Comments

The Benedictine Sisters of Yankton’s Sacred Heart Monastery celebrated the 125th anniversary of their community in a celebration on Wednesday, 22 June. “Their greatest accomplishment is that, as a group, they have lived the Rule of Benedict in their daily lives,” Father Denis Quinkert, a former chaplain at the monastery, said. “Daily life in a monastery isn’t always easy, you have to bear with one another” (Aberdeen News).

Quinkert also touched on one of the hardest times in recent memory at the monastery. A fire on 27 February 1997 killed Sister Teresa Schuster OSB and destroyed the monastery. Sister Teresa, 89, was a beloved community member who taught college in Yankton and elsewhere for many years.