A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Prayer Schedule Change

Posted August 5, 2016

Come and Celebrate mass with us during our new scheduled times!

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All are invited to join us for our daily prayer. Prayer times are subject to change especially on feast days and special days. Please call ahead to confirm times.

Upcoming Alumnae Reunion September 23-25, 2016

St. Scholastica Academy alumnae, also known as “Scho girls,” will hold a triennial reunion for all classes from September 23-25. Activities will include a wine and cheese reception, general alumnae meeting, Saturday evening banquet, and Mass and brunch with the sisters on Sunday. Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB (’49), who served as alumnae moderator for many years before passing away last December, will be remembered in a special way at the reunion.

Weekly Reflections
August 28, 2016

A Poem Rises

Sister Consuella Bauer, OSB

A poem rises like the tide.
Great breakers of startling ideas pound
against the shoreline of your heart.
Elusive whitecaps of foamy phrases leap
over and escape, beyond
into the bottomless depths of forgetting.
Warped, soaked debris of wasted wording
lodges in the inlets where
you opened up your heart to dreaming.
Swift currents of inner urges drag your musings far
upon the beach and leave them stranded
on the waterless sand of apathy.
Thundering blasts of music tear
at your eardrums, unloose the taut strings
of your keyed-up feelings, only to
drown out the melody with deafening roar.
High-flying sea gulls of inspiration swoop
down, tantalizing, low, then steer off stridently,
over the fading horizon.

Then it is over--and the song
you were going to sing, the melody,
the memory enshrine--they are gone
And there is barren silence again--your heart
is alone
alone with its gray mood, empty wishes,
hollow dreams.

A calm sea is a desolate sea--no poem
rises in the heart that merely
laps along the shores of being.

Sisters Announce Plans for Their Future

3 Phases of Changes: The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, after many years of reflection, prayer, and discussion, would like to share a three-phase plan for their future.

They have entered into a contract to sell 9.75 acres of land to Reliance Health Care, Inc. Reliance plans to build a 140-bed skilled nursing facility to include a 16 bed wing for the monastery’s senior sisters, which will be completed in approximately two years.

During Reliance’s construction phase, the sisters will make plans to build a new smaller monastery near the nursing home to allow them to maintain daily contact with their senior sisters and spend more time in prayer and ministry.

Vocation Center Events & Retreats

Date Event
September 9-11, 2016 Come & See Weekend
November 11-13, 2016 Come & See Weekend
December 2-4, 2016 Come & See Weekend
January 13-14, 2017 Come & See Weekend
February 10-12, 2017 Come & See Weekend
May 5-7, 2017 Come & See Weekend
September 29-30, 2017 Come & See Weekend
Available Anytime Vocation Parish Visits
Available Anytime Vocation School Visits
Available Anytime Monastery Tours
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Upcoming Retreat:
O Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New: A Weekend Silent Retreat

Begins September 30-October 2, 2016
Presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

Our spiritual journey forever leads us deeper into the Holy Mystery of our God. Making St. Augustine's prayer our own, hopefully we, too, will discover that although we often seek for God 'out there,' it is to our own hearts we must return. You will be encouraged to take your relationship with God to a deeper level through silence and prayer."Too late I love you, O beauty ever ancient ever new, late have I loved you. And behold you were in my heartbut I was outside and it was therethat I searched for you." - Prayer of St. Augustine Cost: $195.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included. Deadline for registration is September 16, 2016.

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