A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas

New! Prayer Schedule Change

Come and Celebrate mass with us during our new scheduled times!

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Commissioning Service

Annual Chapter meeting and Commissioning Service

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Vocation Story: Sr. Madeline Clifton

New! Sr. Madeline Clifton, OSB has submitted her Vocation Story for viewing.

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Please Welcome Our Newest Oblates!

St. Scholastica received ten new oblates on Sunday, May 17: Fr. Les Farley, our chaplain, Megan and Matthew Mayeux, Deborah Grant, Mark Elsken, Cynthia Vennink, Annie Woody, Cindy Ashley, Eunice Eble, and Jessie Greenwood.

Sr. Rosarita Huber enters eternal life

Sr. Rosarita Huber, 87, entered into eternal life on May 7, 2016.

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We celebrate Sr. Rose Ashour's 100th Birthday!

Sr. Rose Ashour turned 100 on April 16, 2016.

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March Horizons Newsletter

The March 2016 Horizons is now available for viewing.

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Triduum Holy Week

The 2016 Triduum Holy Week schedule is now available.

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Sr. Maria's Appeal Letter

As the sisters move forward in faith, they ask for your support of their 2015 Appeal.

Read Sister Maria's Appeal Letter here.

Sr. Cabrini enters eternal life

On December 28, 2015, Sr. Cabrini Schmitz of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, has entered into eternal life.

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"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

Weekly Reflections
August 21, 2016

On Freedom

Sister Louise Sharum, OSB

I was leaving through the laundry door
when I saw there on the glass a ladybug
huddled up in fear and perhaps despair
after hours of futile walking on the door's glass--
a strange, harsh, foreign world.
No grass.
No sunshine.
And all alone.

I put a sheet of paper gently against its feet.
It crawled on, barely
and huddled as before.
It stayed so,
as I walked to my chosen spot in the warm autumn sun.

When I was seated
I gently moved the bug to a blade of grass.
It stayed huddled, fearful, still.
Finally, though, it took a few hesitant slow steps and paused.
Then a few more.
It seemed to wonder then, if it were really true.
Could this be a blade of grass?
It took a few more faster steps.
Yes! It feels like it!
It seemed to get so excited
as it ran to the tip of the blade.
Indeed, it is GRASS!
It flew to the next blade a few inches and ran the entire length.
Faster now.
It flew to a blade a few inches away.
Then to another and another,
each time testing out the length of the blade--
excited, thrilled.
Then it opened its wings and flew into the sky.

"When Christ freed us,
He meant us to remain free.
Stand firm, therefore
and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery." Gal. 5:1

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 & Retreats

Date Event
August 27-29, 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
January 13-14, 2017 Come & See Weekend
February 10-12, 2017 Come & See Weekend
May 5-7, 2017 Come & See Weekend
September 29-30, 2017 Come & See Weekend
Available Anytime Vocation Parish Visits
Available Anytime Vocation School Visits
Available Anytime Monastery Tours
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Upcoming Retreat:
O Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New: A Weekend Silent Retreat

Begins September 30-October 2, 2016
Presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

Our spiritual journey forever leads us deeper into the Holy Mystery of our God. Making St. Augustine's prayer our own, hopefully we, too, will discover that although we often seek for God 'out there,' it is to our own hearts we must return. You will be encouraged to take your relationship with God to a deeper level through silence and prayer."Too late I love you, O beauty ever ancient ever new, late have I loved you. And behold you were in my heartbut I was outside and it was therethat I searched for you." - Prayer of St. Augustine 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 September 16, 2016.

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