A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

St. Scholastica Gift Shop will close on Holy Thursday and reopen on Monday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m. We wish all our customers a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

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 29, 2015

Good Friday

Sister Louise Sharum, OSB

The Suffering Servant must die--
Is there no other way?
The paschal lamb must be slain
innocent, unresisting,
its life blood poured out
by those who love it
in symbol of the great Reality
Who went alone to his death simply because he loved?

Why is there death by hunger when food abounds?
Why must some die because they have no money
while others have more than they could ever use?
How can such realities
coexist with spring sunshine
and bird song
and new budding trees?

Diminishment, death,
are but phases of life
that once given, will never end.
A bunny, a few feet away eats golden buttercups
unafraid of my presence until l move.
Its worries are life-size to it.
All is so fragile and precious.
Good Friday gives the strength
to wait, to accept reality.

The Suffering Servant,
You, my God,
have paid the price
for all of life to have meaning.
The peace of this day of silence is holy.
A robin hops among the spring beauties
at the foot of a tree coming alive.
All nature speaks
the Paschal Mystery of Love Incarnate.

Good Friday, 1993

Triduum Holy Week

You are welcome to pray with the sisters during the Triduum.

Mass and Prayer Schedule
Triduum Holy Week Schedule

Horizons March 2015 Now Available

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Sr. Brendan Siebenmorgen Passes

View her obituary.

Sr. Miriam's Vocation Story

View her story.

Sr. Katharine Wewer Passes

View her obituary.

Alumnator Fall 2014 Available

View the Alumnator 2014

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

View her Vocation Story here!

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:

Begins April 2-5, 2015
Presented by St. Scholastica Monastery

Come join the monastic community of St. Scholastica to celebrate the Triduum of Holy Week. You will enter into worship with the Sister to follow in the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary and share in the joy of His resurrection. On Holy Thursday afternoon there will be a brief orientation presented by a member of the Community and conclude with the Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday in the Monastery Dining Room. Cost: $115.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. 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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