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)

  • $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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Weekly Reflections
March 1, 2015


Sister Elizabeth Rossi, OSB

Lent, prayer and sacrifice, holy Lent,
A time of the year to repent;
A season of prayer and fasting
Which may lead us to life everlasting.

A time of spring cleaning for the soul.
After all, isn't heaven our goal?
A time to confess and set things right
For as we live, we see heaven in sight.

Blessed are the meek,
So turn the other cheek.
Sit before the crucifix and reflect
On the one who is our supreme Elect.

We will head into Passion week
And reflect on Him whom we seek.
And then in our earthly voice
We will celebrate Easter and sing, "Rejoice."

These six weeks to Lent take us from winter to spring
So we clear the cobwebs from our spiritual being.
Happy Easter to all and everyone
For He is risen and happy spring has begun.

March 1, 2014

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
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:
Centering Prayer: The Journey Continues

Begins March 19, 2015
Presented by Nick Cole

This centering prayer retreat will begin with supper at 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2015, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, March 22, 2015. The retreat will be in silence after the opening circle Thursday night until lunch on Sunday. This retreat will be for ANYONE interested in deepening their centering prayer practice. There will be spiritual teachings (DVDs and/or CDs) on the process of transforming the false self into the true self.

Teachers like Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault and possibly others. Centering prayer is a way of bringing to consciousness the unconscious "emotional wounds of a lifetime" (Thomas Keating) and enabling these stumbling blocks to becoming cornerstones of our TRUE SELF. The 12-step program is a more cognitive way of dealing with our emotional short-comings and character defects. There will be a 12-step meeting during the retreat open to ALL. Come and experience the powerful synergy of these two spiritual resources. Be still and know. Retreat cost: $235. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.

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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