FORWARD IN FAITH (a Capital Campaign)

Posted September 21, 2016

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.

Partners in Benedictine Education Newsletter

Posted September 23, 2016

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.

Macrina's O Beautiful Presence 2017 Calendar

"O Beautiful Presence" 2017 Calendar

Sr. Macrina's 2017 Calendar is now available for ordering

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Weekly Reflections
October 23, 2016


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.

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
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
View Registration Form View Event Brochure (PDF)

Upcoming Retreat:
Evolving in Grace: The Soul's Mystical Path

Begins November 11-13, 2016
Presented by 17

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.

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