A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

"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

Come to the Monastery Bake Sale!

Saturday, December 12: 8am - 2pm

Sunday, December 13: 11am - 1pm

Hosted at the St. Scholastica Retreat Center

Weekly Reflections
November 22, 2015

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Sister Scholastica Vogelpohl, OSB

We thank you, Father,
for your people
whom we have served in any parish;
for the sick in our hospitals
who have given us a value
and a meaning of life;
for all our students,
who for all their littleness
spoke to us of God;
for our benefactors
whose love, support, and service
have maintained us through beginnings,
depressions and celebrations:
for the poor, the homeless
the neglected, the lonely
who provided us with occasions
to penetrate the ambiguities of life;
for our failures
which forced us back into your path.
For the exhilarating truth
that you are always near.

We praise you, Father
for the space and time to grow in you;
for friends who challenge us
to reach beyond our grasp;
for the light of Christ;
shining through the friends we meet:
for the Benedictine tradition
of prayer and work.
Finally, our prayers and thanks
for the mystery of your call

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
November 6-8, 2015 Come & See Weekend
January 8-10, 2016 Come & See Weekend
February 12-14, 2016 Come & See Weekend
March 11-13, 2016 Come & See Weekend
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:
Discover Your Contemplative Heart

Begins November 1 - 7, 2015
Presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

The focus for this retreat will be Benedictine Spirituality as a pathway for spiritual growth. We will explore some of the age-old Benedictine values: Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Life, along with Hospitality, Humility, Simplicity of Life and Mindfulness. You will be encouraged to consider the possibility of living a more contemplative life so that the sacred nature of your daily work will be revealed to you. Our culture doesn't necessarily support or encourage silence, interiority, the centered life. For that kind of environment we turn to the monastics: and yet one does not have to be a monk to live a deeply spiritual life. Cost: $500.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included.

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