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COVID Gift Shop Hours

Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You must schedule an appointment to shop our in-store gift shop. Please wear a mask.

You may also place an order via phone at (479) 783-4147.

Online Shopping is available at https://shop.stscho.org

Updated: 4-25-2021
Dear Friends, Family Members, Employees, Alumnae, Oblates, and Volunteers of St. Scholastica Monastery:

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 in comparison to the national level and lower vaccination rates, so we are cautious in our response regarding the pandemic.

We are closed to public services at least through the start of June 2021.

We are not permitting overnight guests to our monastery guest house or ministry buildings.

We will permit visitors on a very LIMITED BASIS.

We request that visitors contact us before visiting the monastery. 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.

Suppose you wish to walk our monastery grounds. In that case, we ask that you notify the community of your presence, 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 by appointment only.

Please note: Monastery Gift Shop Hours are:

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Customers are permitted in the monastery Gift Shop by appointment, following the prescribed screening, and we ask that customers wear PPE/Masks upon entry.

We will limit in-person shopping to two(2) persons per arranged shopping appointment.

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

In The News
October 18, 2018

St. Scholastica’s new monastery dedicated

St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith celebrated the addition of a new facility on Sunday.

In The News
September 20, 2018

Out with the old, in with the new! St. Scholastica Monastery wins a brand new copier from Preferred Office Technologies!

Many Thanks To You!

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.

Weekly Reflection - May 31, 2021

Summer Love
Sister Louise Sharum

The anguish of peace-pain
is a part of summer love.
The spring was so alive,
so full of hope, of beauty,
as fruit trees and garden plants
were in blossom,
and the weather was invigorating
and full of delight.
But the fruit was only begun in that season.
The growing to full maturity came in the summer that followed.
Being open to long, hot, dry days and sultry wakeful nights ---
summer's scorching breath --
that, too, is part of summer love.
Summer is a growing season.
The earth is fruitful then,
so long as there is water.
God has planted the seed of the Word in our hearts
and has watered it.
God is a spring of living water welling up from within.
Somehow, winter love and summer love seem so alike.
One is an apparent absence of life. And that is hard.
The other is in the self-giving of life,
the sustaining, the undergirding of life, and that is hard.
God is in them both.
We can rest in God in both.
That is the challenge:
to rest in God in winter barrenness
and in summer busyness
and life's demands.
Rest is not the opposite of ministry
or of work.
It is the opposite of agitation
and inner turmoil.
Hear God in the silence of winter snow
and in the symphony of creation's voices
of summer nights and days.

I know about garden plants and fruit trees,
but what about the human heart?
People we love we are with so briefly.
All the goodness and beauty of our time with them
passes so swiftly and will never come back as the same.
Why must our heart ache so and be so torn, so alone?
Life is a pilgrimage.
We are on our way
to a home prepared for us
that will be forever.
It is crucial that we love the road we travel,
but remain free.
God always calls us onward,
always calls us beyond where we are,
There were hard times during years past
but now it all seems so precious.
Our whole life is like that.
The truth is that it is precious
. To focus on the hard while we are living through it
is natural but limiting.
It is wisdom to live what we are doing now,
to recognize the goodness of all that surrounds us.
Someday we will look back on this period.
So very, very brief it will seem then,
and our only regret
will be our failure to love,
to be grateful and joyful, and alive.
Because God has called us
to our present task,
whatever it may be,
we need to receive it with open heart.
God has promised and will ever be faithful to that promise:
I will be with you.
We have received the Holy Spirit.
We are to live in trust.

"Blessed is she who believed
that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled" (Luke 1:45).
During that Incarnation summer
Mary could perceive physical signs in her body
of the Word's presence in her womb
but she had believed even before.
We, too, are to live in the reality of the incarnation.
We, too, are to live in faith in God's promises to us as did Mary.
God's promises flower in summer's faith.
That is summer love.

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