A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

In this year's Annual Appeal Letter we ask for support to care for our elderly sisters and to educate our novices to prepare them for ministry.

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Simply Benedictine - Wake Up The World - 2015 Year of Consecrated Life

Wake Up The World!

A Benedictine Call to "Wake up the World!" It is the Year of Consecrated Life as declared by Pope Francis. Celebrate with the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery World Day for Consecrated life February 2, 2015.

The Opening Event for YCL is November 30, 2014.

The Year of Consecrated Life goes on to November 2, 2016.

Celebrate with us February 2, 2015! Call 479-783-4147 for more information.

Our Education Mission Continues... Now in Guatemala (More)

  • $500 = 1 scholarship for an ENTIRE YEAR!
  • Think and pray about going to Esquipulas as a volunteer someday. Sisters Rosalie, Kimberly, Alice and Dolores Vincent; youth minister Jennifer Verkamp; and oblates Kathy Jarvis, Maryanne Meyerriecks and Mary Adams have already visited and volunteered.

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The Monastery Gift Shop will be closed December 24 - January 6, 2015 and will re-open Wednesday, January 7 for normal operating hours.

Weekly Reflections
December 21, 2014

What is Christmas?

Sister Consuella Bauer, OSB

Besides the miracle of salvation
and a fact of history,
It's a feeling in your heart.
A feeling of grateful remembrance
of the Christ-event in Bethlehem.
A feeling of awed stillness
in the face of the God-Man mystery.
A feeling of regret, remorse
because of "no time, no room for Him."
It's a feeling of singing the Good News,
"A Saviour, the Christ has been sent."
A feeling of somber awareness
of the Christs we meet every day.
Christmas is a feeling of knowing
That Bethlehem, the cave, the midnight hour still are
for those who choose to follow the star.

What is Christmas?
It's a feeling in your heart,
if you believe
and hope
and love.

Alumnator Fall 2014 Available

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Vocation Discernment Resources

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Come & See Live In Experience
October 17-19, 2014

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A Year of Blossoming
Sr. Macrina's 2015 Calendar

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Sr. Ethel Marie Sonnier Vocation Story

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Sr. Christine Eckart enters Eternal Life

Sr. Christine Eckart's Obituary

Vocation Center Events

Date Event
January 9-11, 2015 Come & See Weekend
February 6-8, 2015 Come & See Weekend
March 20-22, 2015 Come & See Weekend
May 15-17, 2015 Come & See Weekend
September 4-6, 2015 Come & See Weekend
November 6-8, 2015 Come & See Weekend
July 3-5, 2015 Come & See Weekend
August 5-9, 2015 Simply Benedictine Summer Discernment Retreat
Available Anytime Vocation Parish Visits
Available Anytime Vocation School Visits
Available Anytime Monastery Tours
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Upcoming Retreat:
Silent Directed Retreat (3, 5, 8-Day)

Begins January 8, 2015
Presented by Sr. Rachel Dietz, OSB

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.

3-Day Retreat: The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday, January 11. Cost: $235.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included in the price.

5-Day Retreat: The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after morning liturgy on Wednesday, January 14. Cost: $385.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included in the price.

8-Day Retreat: The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after morning liturgy on Saturday, January 17. Cost: $575.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included in the price.

Simply Benedictine Summer Discernment Retreat

August 5 - 9, 2015

Catholic women between the ages of 18 - 45, 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.

Simply Benedictine - Summer Discernment
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