Updated: 8-16-2021 Covid Update: St. Scholastica Monastery Fort Smith, Arkansas
The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery are Covid free and fully vaccinated.
We are continuing to take safety precautions regarding the pandemic and have begun to lift a few of our restrictions to aid us to a sense of normalcy, however small that may seem. To date, Sebastian county sustains higher cases of the virus and fewer persons vaccinated in comparison to the national level, and so we are cautious in our response regarding the pandemic.
We are closed to public services at least through the month of August 2021.
We are offering select guests for overnight on a strict and very limited basis starting mid-August. They must be fully vaccinated and present proof of their vaccination.
We will permit visitors on a very LIMITED BASIS.
We request that visitors contact us before visiting the monastery. (479-783-4147) We cannot receive many visitors due to the CDC guidelines; therefore, scheduling a visit is helpful to us.
We request that permitted visitors undergo screening and follow the procedures set forth by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery.
Funerals for our Sisters are in the scheduling process and we anticipate resuming the funeral services for the Sisters who have crossed over this past year sometime this fall.
If you wish to walk or visit our monastery grounds, in that case, we ask that you notify the community of your presence and that you practice social distancing and wear masks when out and about others while enjoying our monastic setting.
Monastery Gift Shop Information
We welcome Monastery Gift Shop customers back to the monastery on a LIMITED basis. The Monastery Gift Shop continues to offer online purchases and is open to the public. We will begin our extended hours on August 15, 2021.
The Monastery Gift Shop continues to offer online purchases and is open to the public by appointment only.
Please note: Extended Monastery Gift Shop Hours are:
Monday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Customers are permitted in the monastery Gift Shop by appointment, following the screening, and we ask that customers wear PPE/Masks upon entry.
We will limit in-person shopping to two(2) persons per visit.
The Monastery Gift Shop will be closed on Tuesday and Weekends for the summer.
As always, you may call the monastery and ask for the Gift Shop Manager at 479-783-4147 for your shopping needs.
We thank you for understanding our concerns for the good of all. We are praying for an end to the pandemic. We are grateful for your continued love and support of us here at St. Scholastica Monastery.
- Sister Kimberly Prohaska and the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery
We would like to thank you for checking in on us and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and we will continue praying for the needs of the world.
The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery's Response to the Corona Virus Pandemic
We, the Sisters, have determined that we will close our monastery for the foreseeable future, at least through July 1st, due to the concerns for our monastic membership and the greater community at large.
We will not be receiving guests, friends, family, Oblates, tour groups, volunteers, and those who patronize our monastery gift shop or other ministry outreach.
We will follow the procedures/timeline as set by our Diocese.
Should someone wish to purchase items from our monastery gift shop, this may be done online and or call the gift shop manager.
There will be no public religious services or any event during this time. Please follow us on our social media for further information updates.
Our paid employees will be screened daily to assure their health and safety as our concern is not only for our membership but for the needs of all with whom we work and minister.
We continue to hold our local community and our world in prayer during this difficult time.