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Forward In Faith is truly the story of our community from its beginning in 1879 when four young women came from Ferdinand, Indiana to begin their mission of teaching in Shoal Creek, Arkansas. Their faith carried them forward through those difficult pioneering days. Through it all they planted the seeds of faith and the Benedictine way of life firmly throughout the state of Arkansas.
We, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, thank you for your help and support as we move FORWARD IN FAITH.
More than the words, the photos in this issue tell the story of the growth and branching out of our scholarship program. They also convey the sharing and deep friendships being formed across the borders as well as the creativity of our volunteers.
Sister Bede Eckart, OSB
Are you resting on your stomach
you all plopped out
on the ledge of the wall,
your legs and tail splashed out
In a gesture of surrender?
Or are you feeling a bit sick
in your stomach
from over much gorging,
Perhaps a bad nut or two
or a fermented grape,
maybe a green persimmon?
Didn't your mama teach you no better?
I approach your space.
With a suspicious look
in your eyes
and a brisk twist of your head
your answer came quickly.
With an electric shock to the tail
you sailed over the wall
into a nearby bush
rousing a friend for frolic.
Tut-tut, my curious one
was her only silent response.
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.
Indulge yourself in the gift of a weekend apart. Savor the joys of solitude. Soak yourself in silence. We'll use silence, song, poetry, guided writing prompts, symbol, sharing and ritual to support us as we explore the call and response of the soul's mystical path. Give yourself over to the renewal your soul seeks. You will be refreshed. You will be encouraged. You will meet new companions of the way. You will greet your soul's essence. As we bask in the spirit of Divine Love, we will uncover how to live this path wholeheartedly. No longer parted from our better selves, we will return to the hurrying world restored, dedicated. Cost: $195.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included. Deadline for registration is October 29, 2016.
Silent Directed Retreat3-Day: January 8-11, 2015 ($235); 5-Day: January 8-14, 2015 ($385); 8-Day: January 8-17, 2015 ($575)
This Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday for the 3-Day and after morning liturgy for the 5-Day and the 8-Day. Lodging and meals are included in the price. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.