side the vocation office needed
pened. Asking for help happened
for this very independent person.
Sometimes change occurs be-
cause we wish it; sometime it’s
Volume 3, Issue 5
Special points of interest:
Who’s Who Vocation Com-
Transformation & Vocations
Vocation Contact Calendar
Consider your Call
Inside this issue:
S t . S c h o l a s t i c a M o n a s t e r y F o r t S m i t h , A r k a n s a s
Vocation Transformation: God Will
New to Novitiate
Monastic Tea Party
What a Monastic Reads
Monastic WORD of the
Who’s Who in Vocations!
Meet a Vocation Committee Member...
Sister Vivian Luyet, OSB joined the monas-
“The articles open me to new insights
Have you ever thought about
how often things change? How
many times a day we experience
change without taking notice?
We change the clock to fall back
or spring forward. We make a
purchase at the grocery and the
clerk makes change for the twen-
ty dollar bill we just handed her/
him. People often exchange looks
or change clothes, change the TV
channel, IPhone app or change
the bed because we have deemed
it necessary to change what
forced upon us. We have been
praying for the victims of forced
change in recent weeks. Every-
thing can change in a blink of an
eye, leaving us dazed, confused
and unsure about anything we
once trusted. How do we ABIDE
in that? Jesus offers us a real
sense of hope in response to all
the changes that swirl around us.
Recently the sisters of the com-
read an article by Ted
Dunn, PhD entitled, Refounding
As we seek after
the heart of God we realize that
God calls us to transform our
world and hearts every day. We
are called to do so with renewed
vision and enthusiasm. What are
you enthusiastic about? We are
needs to be changed. We are
being called by God to reinvent
learning that the weather chang-
ourselves as women religious —as
es in alarming speed from sunny
Ted Dunn, PhD says, life is cyclic
and often calls us to make hard
choices, to do this takes on the
challenge of the heart. God has
and warm to grey,
flashing, stormy the next. Health
and finances change, students
often change majors, govern-
given us all everything we have in
ments change laws, mechanics
change tires and others change
good can we give back in our life?
their profession. Most recently,
As you look at today how will you
re-find the life given you?
—Sister Kimberly Prohaska, OSB
I underwent physical changes. I
needed surgery on my foot and
apparently the water pipes out-
and intrinsic ways to think about get-
“I would ask women today to think
about religious life as a life option. I
encourage women with this question:
Have you ever thought about religious
I would invite women to come
visit the community for a sense of clari-
ty and peace.”
tery on August 30 , 1934.
She made her
profession to monastic life on June 24,
1937. She earned her MA degree in educa-
tion from Creighton University, Omaha,
NE. Vivacious and generous with her time,
she offers gentle wisdom as a member of
the vocation committee. Sister Vivian has
served 3-4 years on the committee and
says, “I appreciate being on the committee
and am grateful for the Horizon & Voca-
Sister Vivian Luyet, OSB
tion Prayer publications that we read.
—Sister Vivian Luyet, OSB
monastic studies and monastic works within
the community horarium. We pray that this
formation time for Sandra will bring her ever
closer to the God she seeks. Postulant Sandra
has this to share about becoming a novice,
“During each visit to the community I was
blessed with a true purpose as to what God
was asking of me revealing himself to me in
very significant ways as I experienced life with
The structure of prayer, community time,
ministry and personal time for learning, medi-
tation/reflection and recreation is balanced
in such a way that I had recognized it in my-
self and the manner in which I feel called to
live this gift of life to be quite similar to these
sisters who had been chosen by God.”
—Sister Kimberly & Postulant Sandra Nelson
Just what is a novice and how do you become
one? A novice by definition: “a person admit-
ted to probationary membership in a religious
community. A beginner, tyro. a person who
is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in
which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro: a
person who has been received.” How wonder-
ful to know that one is received! We are re-
ceived in God to this Benedictine life.
Postulant Sandra Marie Nelson found the
community in Vocation Match via NRVC
VISION online. She begins her novitiate with
a celebration at Evening Praise where she will
be formally received and enter into her canon-
ical year. It is at this time that Postulant San-
dra will be given her sister name. As she tran-
sitions into her two year novitiate Sandra will
delve more deeply into her prayer life, her
Postulant Sandra Nelson
Becomes a Novice
on June 23, 2011
God Calls. What will you do in response? Vocation
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How do I know if God calls me?
Listen to those who have your
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Be courageous & explore the
possibilities that you hear.
Come and Seek Weekends: Sched-
ule is flexible. Contact the vocation
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Consider your Call: Summer Dis-
cernment Week June 23-27 2011 for
women ages 18-45. A wonderful retreat
experience for seekers to the Benedic-
tine way of life. This yearly experience
allows participants to learn about the
core values and about how we live the
Rule of St. Benedict at St. Scholastica.
This experience is in conjunction with
Postulant Sandra Nelson becomes a Novice!
Sister Alice O’Brien makes Perpetual Profession June 24, 2011
Sister Alice O’Brien has blessed the
community with her enthusiasm and
variety of gifts and talents.
Sister Alice, a native of Texas, is a
mother, RN and recent theology stu-
dent. Sister Alice joined us from our
former daughter house in Columbia,
MO just over three years ago. Her
journey has led her on many paths and
now she steps with loving conviction
after the heart of God into full monas-
tic membership at St. Scholastica, on
June 24, 2011.
In taking this step in her life, Sister Alice says, “Making perpet-
ual profession is the culmination of a segment of my spiritual
journey and the beginning of another. I am filled with joy pro-
nouncing these promises of stability, obedience, and conver-
sion of life to my God and to this Benedictine monastic commu-
nity of St. Scholastica. This is my call from God to live the re-
mainder of my life in this monastery.
The sisters are loving, supportive and work diligently with good
zeal to make this community what God is calling it to, the com-
munity that our ancestor sisters worked for it to be. May God
bless us and bring us all together to everlasting life.”
—Sr. Kimberly Prohaska and Sr. Alice O’Brien
Sister Alice O’Brien
Makes her final Profession
June 24, 2011
Subiaco Abbey, and the monks of Subia-
co, Arkansas. Space is limited! Contact
the vocation director for more
Monastic Life and Me. This weekend
is a fun opportunity to be of service to
the community. To volunteer, contact
the vocation office.
Observership: For those who desire a
longer and more intense monastic life
is a one to
The Twin who Tagged Along (Life of St. Scholastica) By Sr. Digna Krenner, OSB
Last January I had the wonderful opportunity
to attend a gathering called United In Hope
for Benedictine Sisters age fifty five or young-
er in Atchison, Kansas. This event was the
first inter-federation gathering for young
women monastics in the country. Sisters Pat
Bolling and Therese Moreno also took part in
the event and we really enjoyed traveling to
This is the preface to the
reason I am writing about the
Twin Who Tagged Along, the second of a
two book series by Sister Digna Krenner, of
Sister Digna also wrote St.
Benedict the Other Twin , which sadly is
now out of print. Sister Digna is no longer
living and although she is with God, I do wish
she were here so I could talk with her about
her two delightful books about
Benedict and Scholastica. It is too
bad that we can no longer obtain
her previous text for I surely
would love to have my eyes drink
in the story she told. The Twin
Who Tagged Along drew my
attention for a variety of reasons
but it is the story that kept my
happy attention. How many of us
can deny that any story that be-
time”...will not find a home in us?
The message of the twins tells us
that we are in relationship with
God, and God in relationship with
For the searcher the relation-
ship has to be discovered and nur-
To know the way calls us to em-
brace our baptism call with cour-
age. How do you say yes to God?
In both small and great ways God is
with us and we need to take the
chance on the God who first
—Sr. Kimberly Prohaska, OSB
Sr. Digna Krenner, OSB
Even though the text is penned for children
its meaning cannot be passed over even by
the most attuned adult.
Volume 3, Issue 5
Benedictine Bookends: What a Monastic Reads!
When life is busy, even in the monastery,
sometimes we have to take time to invite new
friends to the monastery. We did this one
day this May when friends, Lynn Roebuck,
and Kathy Jarvis
brought children from
Immaculate Conception Parish to learn
about the community and how we live the
Benedictine life. Sister Kimberly took the
children on a tour of the monastery. The
children happily explored the monastery by
visiting Trinity Junior High, the Heritage
Room, the Chapter Room, not to mention
the monastery’s indoor pool! The tour in-
cluded a visit to the Pathways Room, the
community room, and chapel.
They met the sisters who reside in our
infirmary. The children who were pre-
paring for their first communion loved
traipsing around the hallowed halls of
our 1924 Gothic structure. After learn-
ing about the lives of St. Scholastica
and St. Benedict the visit concluded
with an experience of Benedictine hos-
pitality with a fine tea party, with fine
china place settings and treats of cake
and refreshing lemonade (in place of
tea) on the warm day!
—Sister Kimberly Prohaska, OSB
Sister Kimberly hosts Lynn Roebuck, Kathy
Jarvis and children from IC Parish to a voca-
tion tour and tea party
What’s the Story? (Listening To Those Who Heard The Call)
ers, do you think
you are alone in
hearing the call to
religious life? Do
you wonder if there
are people in the
world who do not
have a clue about
the way that God is touching the heart? Is
your guard up? Are you blanketed in doubt?
Are you seeking clarity or certainty? Are you
inundated with questions and not sure where
to look? The web offers many ways to aid in
NRVC and VISON, Guide to
Religious Life, Oye and other publications, are
terrific staring points. As one delves deeper
into the possible call and how best to answer
that call it may be a good idea to meet those
who have been where you are. How does one
do that if they do not personally know a reli-
gious? One way is to look on the web and
start exploring. Our website along with many
others offers ways to help you find your way.
Hearing the story of those who have walked
the journey often helps seekers. St. Scholasti-
ca Monastery Vocation Page offers such sto-
ries as told in the voice of the sister who an-
swered her call to God. It is both a visual
and a personal way to connect with Sisters
who have listened to God in her promise to
the Benedictine life. How will one know until
one listens? Check out these interactive voca-
tion stories today!
Vocation stories can be found at http://
A May Monastic Tea Party!
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For Women ages 18-45
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Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903
To attend this annual summer retreat
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Monastic Word of the Month
Latin coenobita, which in turn derives from the Greek koinos
bios, meaning “common life.” A cenobite is a monk or nun
who lives in community
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