A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

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.

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.

The Opening Event for YCL was November 30, 2014.

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

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

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Weekly Reflections
June 28, 2015

Hot Warm Buttercups

Sister Bede Echart, OSB

Droning and buzzing
the fan
was un-cooling this hot
and steamy morning
The night heat so torrid
It could not be measured
I sprung to the window
Aiming for a breath of fresh air
What a sight I saw

Myriads of hot yellow buttercups
defiant against the heat
graced the one green spot
On the lawn like stars in the heavens.

Myriads of hot yellow buttercups
like sprinkled stars in
Uneven symmetry
cooled my thoughts and feasted
my sight.
Myriads of hot yellow buttercups
danced around me
like sparks among reeds
on a windy day.

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

Vocation Center Events

Date Event
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:
Balance in Action

Begins July 9-11, 2015
Presented by Jillian Guthrie, LCSW

This is a retreat specifically for those in the helping field and caregivers who, as we know, can lose track of their own needs and unfortunately experience physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sicknesses while offering their gifts to others. The workshops involved are geared towards issues specific to Healer experiences in order to foster healthy, effective processing and responses, teaching participants to help others at their own healthiest, and therefore highest capacity. Format is unique and uplifting, presenter is engaging and down-to-earth, includes humor, stimulating stories, enjoyable and meaningful activities, music, and audience interaction and participation. Relaxing, meditative activities are included in the schedule for real-time practice and experience in retreat. Come immerse yourself in a retreat with a passionate seasoned mental health professional who has lived through imbalance and now thrives in her work, while you learn how to improve your helping, and thus life experience. Thursday evening arrival is an important piece of this gift to self. Total Cost: $195.00. Lodging and meals are included.

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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