Souljourners is an ecumenical spiritual formation program for those seeking access to the nourishment of the deep wells of spiritual treasure in their tradition. Based at Sophia Center, a spirituality center sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, this program has the unique gift of Benedictine hospitality where students are embraced by a living, praying community. Coming together monthly in this setting, Souljourners form a community within the community.

Souljourners provides a compact three-year opportunity to explore and develop the ministry of spiritual direction/companionship for those who feel a call to perform the service of "holy listening" with people on the spiritual journey. The circle diagram illustrates the experience of a Souljourners training weekend immersed within these two communities.

Circle graphic

The Souljourners program is supported by a faculty that provides training and attends to the spiritual formation of those enrolled in the Souljourners program.

Mount St. Scholastica

Want to know more about Souljourners?

Come to one of our 2019 get-acquainted sessions to learn about the program, take time to reflect on your call to spiritual direction and observe a model spiritual direction session.

Session are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Program Information to Download

Souljourners General Information 2016.pdf

Souljourners Application

Souljourners recommendation form

Souljourners Ecumenical Fact Sheet

Policies and Guidelines Mobile View

Assigned Readings and Papers


Need more information, contact

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB
Director of Souljourners
Sophia Center
751 South 8th Street
Atchison, Kansas 66002


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