|Development Advisory Board||Financial Advisory Board||Retreat Center Advisory Board||Vocation Advisory Board|
Standing: Father David McKillin, Theresa Cronan, Ravi Thiagarajan, Chief Financial Officer; Maryanne Meyerriecks, Communications Director; Debbie Bentley; Sister Elise Forst, Development Director
Seated: Tami Danielak, Sister Audrey Becker, Secretary/Treasurer; Sister Maria DeAngeli, Prioress; Kaye Bernard; Bob Meyers; Becky Meyers.
Absent: Dorothy Caldarera, Tom Caldarera, Paul Cronan
Our community officially began a development program in 2004 when Sister Cabrini Schmitz, prioress, appointed Sister Elise Forst to be development director.
What is development? We see it as inviting those who care about us to join us in what we are about and to be a part of our future. We also want to spread the word of who we are and what we are doing.
Even though we didn’t use the term development in earlier years, we’ve always been doing development. Throughout our history we have enjoyed the support of many friends, and in recent years have benefited from our faithful Oblates and Alumnae. We are now broadening and deepening those connections.
There are many ways you can support and help us here at St. Scholastica, including::
For us, the most important part of development is gratitude. Every day we ask God’s blessings on all those who show their love and support in countless ways. We invite you to be a part of our life and service.
Standing: Carol Geels; Ravi Thiagarajan, Chief Financial Officer; Bob Meyers, Leo Anhalt
Seated: Sister Audrey Becker, Secretary/Treasurer; Sister Maria DeAngeli, Prioress; Sisters Kimberly Prohaska, Anne Michele Raley, and Elise Forst.
The Financial Advisory Board, formerly called the Continuing Care Fund Board, advises the community on the investment and use of the Continuing Care Fund, the annual budget, and major maintenance projects.
Three Sisters and three lay people are appointed or re-appointed to the board annually.
On November 23, 2008, the Sisters expressed their appreciation for Frank Hiegel of Little Rock, Joe Nolte of Fort Smith, and John Zeiler of Conway. They were founding members of the Continuing Care Fund Board in 1980 and served faithfully and lovingly for over twenty years. The three men and their wives were invited to dinner at the monastery and each was given a clock engraved with his name and the following inscription: In appreciation for faithful loving service to your Sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.”
Present members: Sisters Maria DeAngeli (Prioress), Audrey Becker (Treasurer), Anne Michele Raley, Elise Forst, and Kimberly Prohaska; Ravi Thiagarajan (Chief Financial Officer), Leo Anhalt, Bob Doss, and Carol Geels.
2009-2010 Retreat Center Advisory Board:
Standing L to R: John King, Sister Rachel Dietz, Clara Jane Rubarth. Delores Neuemeier, Maryanne Meyerriecks, Karin Hahn, Linda McDonough
Sitting L to R: Suzy Smith, Sisters Macrina Wiederkehr, Elise Forst, and Hilary Decker; Kaye Bernard
Missing from photo: Mary Louise Baier, Kathryn Birkhead, John Brandebura, and Sister Madeline Bariola
The Retreat Center Advisory was formed shortly after the Friends of the Center was established in 2004. Retreat Center Advisory Board members meet three times a year and work with the Center staff to set up and promote each year’s program of retreats. They also helped build the labyrinth, design the center’s database, and raise funds through garage sales and special programs. They have coordinated volunteer groups and are presently planning to build a patio for the center.
St. Scholastica Vocation Advisory Board was established April 2007 after Sisters Kimberly Rose Prohaska, Elise Forst, and Maria DeAngeli attended a workshop for building vocations in religious communities. Those who serve on the board commit to serve on the board for three years to assist the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in promoting new membership to the community. The Vocation Advisory Board assists with Advertising needs, and vocation recruitment needs. The board is developing a survey to better assist the sisters in areas outreach and visibility. The board has established guidelines and follows the mission and spirit of the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery as put forth by the 130 year tradition of the community.
The purpose of the Vocation Advisory Board is to assist the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in making known their mission and attracting the new membership necessary for continuing that mission.
The Board will have twelve to twenty members. The Prioress, Vocation Director, Communications Director, Development Director, and Formation Director are ex-officio members. The other members are invited to membership by the Vocation Director.
The invited members will serve a term of three years, with a possible re-appointment for a second term. A Board member may be eligible for re-appointment after being off the Board for at least three years.
The Vocation Advisory Board will meet at least three times each year.