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 2016 Souljourners graduating class. From left, Mary Chiles, Molly Moore, Pam Allen, Jill Weaver, Joan Mertens, Kelly Hansen, Angela Rapp, Julie Reuter, Margaretta Smith Narcisse and Kris Judd. Not shown are Ramona Harding and Sue Robb.