Re-found You!

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

June 2011

Special points of interest:

Who’s Who Vocation Com-


Transformation & Vocations

Vocation Event


Vocation Contact Calendar

Consider your Call

Monastic Profession

& Novitiate

Inside this issue:

The Gatekeeper

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

Vocation Opportunities

Vocation Contacts


Monastic Tea Party

Benedictine Bookends:

What a Monastic Reads

Monastic WORD of the








Whos 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

Religious Life.

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

life that

is good.

What better

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-

ting vocations.

“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 sisters.

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

The Gatekeeper

Postulant Sandra Nelson

Becomes a Novice

on June 23, 2011

God Calls. What will you do in response? Vocation

Opportunities just for you!

three month live in experience for those

who qualify. Call today!! 479-783-4147

How do I know if God calls me?


Listen to those who have your

best interest at heart.

Be courageous & explore the

possibilities that you hear.

Come and Seek Weekends: Sched-

ule is flexible. Contact the vocation

director to set up a time!

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

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Postulant Sandra Nelson becomes a Novice!

Sister Alice OBrien 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


mation today!

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

Page 3

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

Kansas together.

This is the preface to the

reason I am writing about the

book, The

Twin Who Tagged Along, the second of a

two book series by Sister Digna Krenner, of

Atchison, KS.

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

sought us.

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

Whats 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

your search.

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!

Come and See Monastic Experience

For Women ages 18-45

St. Scholastica Monastery

1301 S. Albert Pike Ave.

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903

To attend this annual summer retreat


Sr. Kimberly Rose Prohaska, OSB

Please Call: 479-783-4147 or email:

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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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The Gatekeeper

Vol. 3

No. 5

Gatekeeper is published quarterly by the vocation office of St. Scholastica

Monastery PO Box 3489 Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913. Vocation Department

Email: Telephone: 479.783.4147.

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