A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Weekly Reflections
September 21, 2014

Cries for Peace

Sister Ethel Marie Sonnier, OSB

A voice cries out in the wilderness of war talk:
Peace! Peace! Peace!
More war talk and subborn wills stalk--
War! War! War!
It doesn't have to be
Peace! Peace! Peace!
Our arms are already in place; can't you see?
War! War! War!
Will sanity win the day?
Peace! Peace! Peace!

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Vocation Center Events

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October 17-19, 2014 Come & See Weekend
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"Clayton Conversations"

Sunday, September 28, 2014

  • 1:30; Music performance by Benedictine Sisters and refreshments.
  • 2:00; Program by Sister Pierre Vorster

Clayton House, 514 N. 6th St., Fort Smith

History of St. Scholastica and the Benedictine Pioneers

Enjoy a splendid afternoon soaking up the rich history of the premier educators of our region: the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. View photographs of their 1870s beginnings at Shoal Creek. Travel through their journey of teaching and serving, with the memories of Sister Pierre Vorster. The story of the majestic Gothic-Tudor Revival sanctuary, perched on 66 acres in the center of Fort Smith, will beckon you to visit and participate in the Sisters' many opportunities for a balanced life of prayer, work, and leisure.

$5 suggested donation; Reserved seating.

Upcoming Retreat:
The Poem of Your Life

October 17-19, 2014
Presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr

The space between your birth and your death is the poem of your life. Throughout this retreat you will be encouraged to offer hospitality to your birth, your death and all that lies between. The retreat will be a bit like a quiet birthday party giving you space for soul work. Stories, poetry, scripture, prayer, song, and ritual will be used throughout the retreat. Spaces of silence will be the arms that hold you. Cost: $175.00. Commuter $120.00 A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging and 5 meals are included in the price.

Simply Benedictine Summer Discernment Retreat

August 5 - 9, 2015

Catholic women between the ages of 18 - 50, get away from it all for a few days and enjoy solitude, silence, and quiet reflection. Experience Monastic life while meeting and sharing with others thinking about their call.

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Simply Benedictine - Summer Discernment
2015 Silent Directed Retreat
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Silent Directed Retreat

3-Day: January 8-11, 2015 ($235); 5-Day: January 8-14, 2015 ($385); 8-Day: January 8-17, 2015 ($575)

This Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday for the 3-Day and after morning liturgy for the 5-Day and the 8-Day. Lodging and meals are included in the price. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.

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