A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

We celebrate Sr. Rose Ashour's 100th Birthday!

Sr. Rose Ashour turned 100 on April 16, 2016.

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March Horizons Newsletter

The March 2016 Horizons is now available for viewing.

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Triduum Holy Week

The 2016 Triduum Holy Week schedule is now available.

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Sr. Maria's Appeal Letter

As the sisters move forward in faith, they ask for your support of their 2015 Appeal.

Read Sister Maria's Appeal Letter here.

Sr. Cabrini enters eternal life

On December 28, 2015, Sr. Cabrini Schmitz of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, has entered into eternal life.

Read Sr. Cabrini's Obituary.

"A Year of Awakening" 2016 Calendar

"A Year of Awakening," Sister Macrina Wiederkehr's inspirational 2016 wall calendar, is available through our online and monastery gift shops.

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Sister Rose Maria Birkenfeld - Vocation Story

Sister Rose Maria Birkenfeld's Vocation Story is now available for viewing.

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Sister Marie Rose DeSalvo, OSB Enters Eternal Life

Sister Marie Rose DeSalvo, OSB (formerly Sister Angela), 91, entered into eternal life on Saturday, August 8.

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Horizons - July 2015 Edition

The latest Horizons (July 2015 Edition) is now available for viewing.

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Across the Bridge Partners in Benedictine Education

The Summer 2015 Partners Newsletter is now available!

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Temporary Professions & Jubilees

St. Scholastica celebrates the temporary professions of Sisters Judith Timmerman and Michaela Boucaud and the jubilees of Sisters Rose Ashour, Pierre Vorster, Madeline Clifton and Rachel Dietz.

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Farewell Father David!

St. Scholastica Monastery bids farewell to their retiring chaplain, Father David McKillin, OSB.

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Across the Bridge Partners in Benedictine Education

The Spring 2015 Partners Newsletter is now available!

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Horizons March 2015 Now Available

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Sr. Brendan Siebenmorgen Passes

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Sr. Miriam's Vocation Story

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Sr. Katharine Wewer Passes

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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

Weekly Reflections
May 1, 2016


Sister Louise Sharum, OSB

What color is night?
Black, of course.
But only black?
Are there not stars and moon,
and fireflies and city lights,
and lanterns and flashlights and porch lights
and the Northern Lights?

Maybe the really difficult times of life
are our "nights."
Perhaps it is then we need to stand out in the open
and see the moon and the stars and fireflies.
Much re-creation takes place at night
in humans and in all of nature,
though imperceptible and slow.

Although we may not have clarity
even for the next step ahead of us,
may we never lose sight
of all that is to be seen at night,
and be at peace knowing
that the day has shadows and
the night stars.

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

Date Event
May 20-22, 2016 Come & See Weekend
August 5-7, 2016 Come & See Weekend
September 9-11, 2016 Come & See Weekend
November 11-13, 2016 Come & See Weekend
December 2-4, 2016 Come & See Weekend
Available Anytime Vocation Parish Visits
Available Anytime Vocation School Visits
Available Anytime Monastery Tours
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Upcoming Retreat:
The Beautiful Struggle of Daily Life: a 5-day Silent Retreat

Begins July 17-23, 2016
Presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

The themes for this retreat will be drawn from Chapter Three of Sister Macrina's book, Abide:keeping vigil with the Word of God. In this silent pilgrimage of the soul we will explore thehidden gift in each day's struggles. The Word of God and your Daily Life Experiences will beyour guides as you pray with the beautiful struggle of daily life.The format of the retreat includes a morning session introducing the theme of the day;afternoon is for silent prayer, Lectio Divina, rest, and opportunity for individual spiritualguidance. Evenings will provide communal quiet prayer and an occasional film."We build the Reign of God right here in the midst of this daily struggle. We do not haveto wait until we die to go to heaven. Let's go to heaven right now. Let us build heaven onearth by believing in our own goodness-we who have been created in the image of God.Let us feed on the truth that the image of God in us, is to be our hope here in the midstof the beautiful struggle of daily life." - from Abide: keeping vigil with the Word of GodCost: $500.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time ofregistration. Lodging and meals are included. Deadline for registration is July 3, 2016.

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