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.
The Souljourners program is supported by a faculty that provides training and attends to the spiritual formation of those enrolled in the Souljourners program.
We rejoice with the 2017 Souljourners graduating class. From left: Jeni Paluska Yakel, Rachel Keck, Penny Selle, Peri Zahnd, Rita Jo Kendagor, Richard A. Winkler, Kathleen Keary, Mary Kane Donovan and Terri Callison!