Our Mission

Seeking God in our life together and enlivened by daily prayer, we, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas, respond to the needs of the people of God in a spirit of hospitality, simplicity, and reverence for one another and all creation.

20/20 Community Dream

The year is 2020 and St. Scholastica Monastery rejoices in 20/20 vision. We are a prophetic, contemplative, vibrant community steeped in Benedictine values, a center of hospitality to all of God’s creation. We stand in solidarity with the powerless; we are a voice speaking for the voiceless. We are a Eucharistic community building on our gospel tradition of prayer, work, and leisure. We have embraced the challenge and have been enriched through the new and multi-cultural membership in our community. Our 20/20 vision compels us to joyfully reach out to the needs of our world and our church.


Charism Statement
Adopted August 1990 - Amended July 2000

We, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas, have responded to a call to seek God by a total gift of self in a religious community of celibate women, who make profession to live the Gospel according to the Rule of Benedict, the norms of the Federation of St. Gertrude, and the normsof the Monastery.

By professing stability and fidelity to the monastic way of life, we promise to be faithful to our Benedictine tradition of prayer, work, and leisure, and to be a Christian community where persons are reverenced in their uniqueness and diversity.

By professing obedience, we center authority in the Prioress with all Sisters sharing responsibility in corporate decisions. We listen to the Lord inviting us as monastics to be a part of the universal mission of the Church. In a spirit of hospitality and reverence for the connectedness of all creation, we respond to local and global needs according to our giftedness and material resources.

We strive to give witness that people can live in unity and simplicity, that bonds of caring and forgiveness can heal the wounds of loneliness and broken relationships.

To those who hunger for meaning in life, we wish to share the power of the Gospel to free people for a fully human life and to create a community of peace.

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