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After months of planning and construction and weeks of packing, un-
packing, and setting up displays, St. Scholastica Gift Shop staff reopened the
store for business in its new first floor monastery location on Saturday, Septem-
ber 20.
At the Grand Reopening Ceremony, Sister Cabrini Schmitz, prioress,
noted that the sisters had wanted to move the Gift Shop from its second floor
retreat center location to the monastery for a number of years so that it would
be more accessible and convenient for shoppers. A recent anonymous donation
helped them to realize their dream.
The move involved new construction all over the monastery, as the
mailroom was relocated to the second floor, the kitchen storage area was stream-
lined and moved into the pantry, and the newly available space was redesigned
into the current gift shop. Workmen laid a cement sidewalk leading from the
front parking lot to a separate gift shop entrance and built a doorway and aw-
ning. The former kitchen storage area and mailroom were merged into one large
sales area with a display window off the monastery hallway.
Sisters and guests attended the Grand Reopening, during which Fort
Smith Mayor Ray Baker cut the ribbon, Sister Cabrini Schmitz blessed every
area of the Gift Shop, and Sister Maria Goretti DeAngeli, gift shop manager,
read a passage from Ephesians. Following the Grand Reopening, everyone en-
joyed refreshments in the dining hall. During its first weekend of operation, the
shop enjoyed brisk business from alumnae, retreatants, and Oblates.
The gift shop has extended its hours of operation from 9:30 a.m.-4:00
p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It will continue to be open from 12:30-3:00
p.m. most Saturdays. Call (479) 783-4147 first.
In the photos, clockwise from upper right, Sisters Regina and Mary
Elizabeth Cassidy (visiting from Maryland) unpack their stock; Mayor Baker
cuts the ribbon; he presents roses to Sisters Cabrini, Audrey, and Maria; he scat-
ters rose petals by the entrance; and Sister Maria reads from Ephesians during
the Blessing Ceremony.
Vol. 37, No 3 ST. SCHOLASTICA MONASTERY, Fort Smith, AR October, 2008
St. Scholastica Gift Shop Gets a New Home
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Vol. 37, No. 3
Horizons
October 2008
HORIzONS is published three times a year by the: Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery P.O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913. Phone: 479-783-4147.
E-mail:[email protected] Website: www.stscho.org FAX: 479-782-4352. Anyone is welcome to be on the mailing list at no charge.
Maryanne Meyerriecks.........Managing Editor Sister Elise Forst, OSB.........Editorial Advisor Calvert McBride........Printers
In Loving Memory
A Message From the Prioress
`Change' is the one common-ground word that has become the mantra of both major political parties in our country
as the nation prepares for the November election of the next President of the United States. My hope is that the `changes'
envisioned by both parties will encourage all citizens to listen and practice the Gospel mandates of respect for life from
conception to natural death, love for one another, and peaceful relations with other nations.
`Change' is not a new word in the vocabulary of Christians. More than 2,000 years ago, John the Baptist went
about preaching repentance, saying, "Repent, (change), for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand" (Mt 3:2 in the New
Jerusalem Bible). Jesus said, "In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the
kingdom of Heaven" (Mt. 18:3).
In Benedictine communities, conversion (change) of life, in Latin `conversatio morum', is one of the three elements
of the solemn promise Benedictines make at their monastic profession. The other two elements of that trifold profession
formula are obedience and stability. It takes a lifetime for Benedictines to live out their initial response to the prioress's
question at the time of their entry into the monastery: "What is it you seek?" And the newcomer responds, "To seek God in
this community through prayer, work, and holy reading."
`Change!' It's the only constant in our lives. Each Ash Wednesday the phrase, "Repent (change) and believe the
good news," is the challenge given by the distributors of the ashes. This Lenten challenge is directed to one's innermost
self, the heart, and the spirit. Results of this change from within--and not just during Lent­will become obvious to others
who witness the person's increasingly more other-centered actions. `Change' in attitude and practice is a demanding life-
long task for all Christians.
This issue of HORIZONS carries stories of some of the physical and personnel changes in the monastery. The
cover story is about the Gift Shop move in early September from the Center to the Monastery. The Shop is now housed in
a room built in the mid-1920s as a laundry room, later changed, converted into a pantry for the kitchen. To make way for
the Gift Shop meant changing, renovating, several smaller rooms closer to the kitchen and equipping them with storage
cabinets. When all the pantry items had been relocated, the renovation of the room began. The new exterior entrance
without steps was created so retreatants and other customers have easy access from the parking lot directly into the
shop.
Another change was needed to respond effectively to this high tech culture. The monastery needed an employee
with expertise in computer maintenance, web sites, etc. So we hired Gareth Pereira, our first on-site computer mainte-
nance person. Gareth has already made some major time and financially saving changes.
Again I want to go on record saying `thank you and God bless you' to all you many wonderful benefactors who
continue to enable us make the needed changes. Thank you for believing in us. We Sisters intercede daily for blessings
for each of you.
­Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB
Welcome, Bishop Taylor!
Sister Cabrini welcomed Bishop Anthony B. Tay-
lor to the Diocese of Little Rock, representing the Wom-
en Religious of the Diocese at a vespers service and
reception held the evening before his June 5 ordination
at the Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock.
The sisters are looking forward to welcoming
Bishop Taylor, seventh bishop of the Diocese of Little
Rock, to their annual Nonagenarian and Centenarian
Party November 17. Bishop Taylor will celebrate Mass
with the sisters and spend the day at the monastery and
retreat center.
Photo by Tara Little,
Arkansas Catholic
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Please remember us when revising or making your will. Our legal name is
St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
In our last newsletter, we told you about the hail storm in April. We thought that
would be the big storm for the year, but on June 15, the first day of our annual retreat, a
powerful thunderstorm knocked out power in our area of Fort Smith for two days. Being
without electricity for that long was a new experience for us and one we are not eager
to repeat! Luckily we have gas stoves and ovens so we didn't go hungry. Although we
managed quite well with candles, flashlights, a few battery-powered lamps, a borrowed
generator to keep the freezers running, and a lot of cooperation and patience, we feel we may need to
consider ways to be a little more prepared in the future. Of course, we will need some help from our
friends to prepare for these kinds of weather-related problems.
Later this month we will be sending our annual appeal letter. The needs we are focusing on this
year include some emergency equipment to help us deal with future power failures. We are looking
into a generator powerful enough to light the Infirmary, stairways, and halls and to run the freezers.
Another critical need is replacing our twenty-year old telephone system. Most lightning storms knock
out our telephones even though we turn them off during each storm. After June's storm, it took over a
week to get the system working well again.
Going from ten to thirty computers within a few years is straining the networking infrastructure
for our computer system. We are happy to have Gareth Pereira, the son of our Infirmary Director,
now working part time with us in computer maintenance. In addition to immediate trouble shooting,
he is using his expertise to evaluate our present system and recommend needed improvements. The
appeal letter will ask for help to cover Gareth's salary and to implement the time and money-saving
improvements he suggests.
The sisters who are living in the infirmary rooms you helped us renovate are enjoying increased
independence and a better quality of life. We still have ten rooms that need improvements and are
hoping to renovate some more in 2009. We are grateful to all of you who generously responded to our
appeal for help last year and depend on your help again this year.
We are blessed to have generous friends and supporters. You are remembered with love and
gratitude in our prayers.
From the Development Office
By Sister Elise Forst, OSB
Gareth Pereira, the monastery's
new part-time computer technician, and
Sister Pat Bolling, Information Technology
manager, recently installed a new server
in the Business Office as part of an over-
all computer system upgrade. Gareth
also standardized equipment, revamped
the data backup system, and is working
on updating the website.
Gareth, who earned his B.S. in
Computer Science from University of
Arkansas--Fort Smith in 2003, has five
years experience as a computer techni-
cian with Dbest. In addition to his part-
time position at the monastery, Gareth
has started his own computer consulting
business, Gareth Pereira and Associates,
[email protected]
St. Scholastica's Investment in Technology Reaps Efficiency Dividends
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Justpeace has launched
a Monday Night Film Series at
the Community Room of the Fort
Smith Public Library, Main Branch,
at 3201 Rogers Avenue.
Films will be shown
on the 4th Monday of every
month--October 27, Novem-
ber 24, December 22, 2008;
and January 26, February 23,
March 23, April 27, and May
25, 2009.
Come at 5:45 with a
brown-bag dinner and Just-
peace will provide drinks and
dessert. The film will be shown
promptly at 6:00 p.m., to be fol-
lowed by a short discussion.
October's film is "Con-
stantine's Sword," a documen-
tary which takes a provocative
look at holy wars past and pres-
ent. The film, directed by Oren
Jacoby and based on James
Carroll's book "Constantine's
Sword," runs 1 hour 35 minutes.
Justpeace
continues
to hold its weekly witness at
Creekmore Park every Sunday
afternoon, rain or shine, from
12:15-12:45 p.m. Witnesses
are always welcome.
Prayer
Father, I am not humble enough
My pride is showing.
I need to be where the light
Shines brightly upon me,
And the rivers flow freely.
Father, I am not friendly enough,
Teach me humility
And give me the power to smile
At my groping
Where the darkness turns to light
And the candles flow freely always,
And the rivers run out to the sea.
- Sue Abbott Boyd
April 4, 2003
In Loving Memory
Sister Rosemary was born Cle-
mentine Rufener in St. Vincent, Arkansas,
October 1, 1917, to Martin and Celestine
Stoffel Rufener. She entered St. Scholas-
tica Convent May 15, 1933 taking the name
Rosemary, and graduated from St. Scholas-
tica Academy in 1936. She received a three-
year elementary Teacher's Certificate July
31, 1943. Continuing her education, she re-
ceived her B.A. in History from Marymount
College in Salina, KS in 1959 with minors
in English, Philosophy, and Education; an
M.A. in Education with a minor in History
from University of Notre Dame in 1965; and
a Texas Life Professional Elementary Ad-
ministrator Certificate in 1969.
From 1936 to 1973, Sister Rose-
mary taught elementary school in and around
Arkansas: St. John's School in Clear Creek,
Missouri; St. Joseph's School in Paris; St.
Joseph's School in Center Ridge; Immacu-
late Heart of Mary School in Marche; St.
Mary's School in Lake Village; St. Boniface
School in Fort Smith; Sacred Heart School
in Hartman; St. Ignatius School in Scranton;
St. Michael's School (later called St. Ga-
briel) in Kansas City, Missouri; St. Joseph's
School in Amarillo, Texas; Amarillo Public
Schools,
Amarillo, Texas. In 1973 she
began
to work in other ministries: at St. Benedict
Center in Madison, Wisconsin, and in parish
work at St. Hyacinth and St. Mary Churches,
Amarillo, Texas. During her time in Amarillo,
she was a co-founder of Amarillo Habitat for
Humanity. In 1997 she was assigned to parish
work at St. Joseph's Church in Paris, Arkansas,
visiting the elderly infirm in the hospital and
nursing homes.
In 2000 she returned to the monas-
tery where she served as a receptionist until
very recently. She also served as a volunteer
receptionist in the Pastoral Care Department
at Sparks Regional Medical Center until her
health began to fail.
Memorial donations may be made
to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund.
Oblate Dr. Sue Abbott Boyd
, 87, of
Van Buren, died Sunday, August 31, 2008 in
a local nursing home. She was the retired
editor of South and West Literary Quarterly,
a member of the Arkansas Writers' Hall of
Fame, a fellow of the International Arts and
Letters where she was honored as a United
Poet Laureate, an alumna of the New York
City New School for Social Research, an
Oblate of St. Scholastica Monastery, a mem-
ber of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Van
Buren, a member of the American Legion,
and a United States Army World War II vet-
eran. One of her poems appears at right
Sister
Rosemary
Rufener
Born
October 1, 1917
Died
June 1, 2008
13 Make Oblation and 9
Enroll in Oblate Program this
Summer
Making their oblation on May 18th were (L row,
back to front) John Mark Simpson, Julia Mason
Williams, Kathleen Moffitt, Kathy Jarvis. (R
row, back to front) Robert Nichols, Lisa Simp-
son, Kathryn Birkhead, Julie Hynes, Mary Lou-
ise Baier and Sister Magdalen Stanton, OSB.
Dallas Oblates making Oblation June 21 are
Patricia Plettner, Carl Pellegrini, Joeseph Bo-
tallico, Sharon McGannon, Charles Wheeler,
Fr. Rob Smith, Diana Smith, Beth Sparks,
and Jeffrey Hunter.
May 18th Enrollees (L to R) Kevin Eveld, Gwen
DeGruccio, Ann McElMurry, and Linda Spradlin
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SWEATIN' WITH THE SENIOR SISTERS
Sister Patrick Cingolani, 94, counts to twenty
in Italian. "Uno, due, tre, quattro..." Sister Her-
bert Huber, 87, counts in German. "Eins, zwei, drei,
vier..." With a little bit of huffing and puffing and
a lot of laughter, Sisters Richard Walter, 93; Josita
Nahlen, 91; and Jovita Stengel, 90 match their curls,
shrugs, knee lifts and kicks to the cadences. At St.
Scholastica Monastery's biweekly exercise class,
between 5 and 15 sisters maintain fitness levels that
help these nonagenarians seem at least a decade
younger than their chronological ages.
Sister Patrick, the class' senior member and
class clown, playfully shakes her dumbbells at their
teacher, Tommy Camp, when he's not looking, but
it's obvious that the group is a mutual admiration society. "They're a great group. I love working with them,"
the Marvin Altman Fitness Center personal trainer said. "They are a blessing to me and I hope I'm a blessing to
them."
The one hour exercise class puts the sisters through circuit training. Each one rides two miles on an
exercise bike, does upper body strength exercises on the bowflex machine, and works out with small handheld
weights while seated, doing arm and leg exercises.
Even the sisters who are employed in the monastery full-time sometimes stop and ask Tommy for advice
on workout programs and exercise suggestions. Several sisters swim or do water exercise daily in the indoor pool.
Others work out with videos, on treadmills, and by walking through the grounds, all in addition to their daily work
routines.
"Exercise at any age is beneficial at moderate levels," Camp said. "If the sisters can't do certain activi-
ties, we improvise. It keeps them active. We have fun down here and they enjoy it."
Sister Josita, who at age 91 still serves as a hospitality worker in the Gift Shop, is proof of the class'
benefits. "We have a lively time!" she said, smiling broadly through the hour long routine.
"We've had a sharp decline in accidents due to falls in those sisters who exercise regularly," Brenda Pereira,
Infirmary Director, said. "It also improves their self-esteem and self-worth becaue they can continue to do things
for themselves that they would otherwise have to ask for assistance with. The increased cardiovascular benefits
have helped to lower blood pressure and may have even decreased the need for medications in some sisters. The
long-term benefits of some type of exercise, regardless of age, cannot be overemphasized."
Sister Herbert builds upper
body strength on the Bow-
flex Machine.
Sister Patrick does leg lifts using the
dyna band.
Sisters Herbert, Patrick, and Richard do
leg lifts while counting to 20 in German and
Italian.
Sisters Herbert, Patrick, and Richard hoist
the barbells, encouraged by their trainer,
Tommy Camp.
Sisters Josita and Jovita log in two miles
each on their exercise bikes.
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Come and See Weekends
If you are a young Catholic woman between the ages of 18-45 who
would like to learn more about Benedictine life, consider spending
a "Come and See" Weekend with us. Our next five weekends will
be held on:
October 24-26 2008
November 21-23 2008
January 9-11 2009
March 20-22 2009
May 15-17 2009
All weekends begin with Evening Praise, 5 p.m. on Fri-
day, and end at noon on Sunday.
For more information, or to make a reservation, call
Sister Kimberly Rose Prohaska at (479) 783-4147 or e-mail
[email protected]
Sister Alice O'Brien, OSB, (R) made her three-year
temporary profession of vows at St. Scholastica Mon-
astery on August 15th. "Making temporary profession
in St. Scholastica Monastery has been a joyous event,"
she said. "Now I am a real member of this wonderful
monastic community and am excited to journey to God
with them." Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB, Prioress,
presided at the ceremony during Evening Praise.
Sister Kimberly Prohaska, OSB, Vocation Director, and the sis-
ters of St. Scholastica Monastery welcomed some young visitors this
summer! Sister Theresa Nguyen, OP from Fort Smith, a native of Viet-
nam, met with Sister Kimberly to involve young girls from her Altar
Servers group in learning about vocations.
On several Saturdays, the girls, ranging in age from 10-15, came
to the monastery with Sister Theresa to attend morning prayers and
have lunch with the sisters.
The girls learned the monastery's history, went on guided tours
and met with several sisters during each visit. They asked many ques-
tions about religious life and becoming a sister of St. Scholastica.
While they shared prayer, meals, and recreation with the sisters, the
girls learned that the Rule of Benedict calls sisters to lead a balanced
life of prayer ("ora,") work ("labora,") and leisure. With Sisters Kimberly and Theresa, the girls had opportunities to expe-
rience the outdoors, to swim, and to go on a field trip to the bowling alley. The girls were happy to know that sisters laugh,
play, and pray on the road to seeking God. The girls also spent a Saturday visiting Subiaco Abbey and are eager to visit
again this fall. We are planting vocation seeds in the good soil of Fort Smith.
In the accompanying photo, Sister Kimberly welcomes Sister Theresa's Altar Servers to St. Scholastica. In the
front row are Tracy Do, Le Phuong Nhi, Le Phuong Vi, and Anna Dang. In the back row with Sister Kimberly are Tiffany
Nguyen and Missy Ho.
Sister Theresa's Altar Servers Learn About Benedictine Life
St. Scholastica Monastery welcomed two young women to its Sum-
mer Discernment Weekend July 3-8--Kimberly Minor from Macon, GA and
Guadelupe Jimenez from South Houston, TX. They learned about monastic
life at St. Scholastica and met for joint activities and programs with young
men discerning their call to monastic life at Subiaco Abbey. During their
time at the monastery, they visited Subiaco and Hesychia House of Prayer
and even had time to enjoy some fireworks on Independence Day. In the
picture at left, Sister Maria Goretti DeAngeli, Guadelupe Jimenez, Sister Pat
Bolling, Sister Dolores Vincent Bauer, Brother Patrick Boland, Sister Cath-
erine Markey and Kimberly Minor visit the monastery library.
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FOR THE CONTEMPLATIVE
Sister Rachel Dietz, OSB and
Monsignor Scott Friend will serve as
spiritual directors for a Silent Directed
Retreat
January 8-11. This retreat will
be based on the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius.
Dr. John King will conduct a re-
treat based on the spirituality of Thomas
Merton on
February 20-22.
Clara Jane Rubarth, Presi-
dent of the Fort Smith Historical So-
ciety, and Sister Therese Moreno,
OSB will co-present a two day scrip-
ture study on the Letters of St. Paul
on
June 12-13.
BE YOUR BEST SELF
On May 1, Sister Rachel Dietz,
OSB joins with Peachtree Hospice
social workers Kathy Lyon and Vicki
Wilke to offer a one day Caregivers
Retreat, filled with soothing, refresh-
ing experiences to help caregivers
renew their spirits and share with
others ministering to loved ones at
home.
Nationally-recognized author
and retreat leader Paula D'Arcy re-
turns to the Center on
July 31-Au-
gust 2 to present a three-day retreat,
"Walking Barefoot on Holy Ground:
The Essentials of Living Effectively."
On
September 11-13, Sister
Linda Fischer, ASC, leads a retreat
called "Let Go and Let God," explor-
ing the central theme of surrender so
important to those who participate in
twelve-step groups.
Fr. Matt Linn, SJ presents a
"retreat to reverse the aging process"
on
October 30-November 1. Fr. Linn,
the author of numerous books on heal-
ing, has directed retreats in over 50
countries throughout the world.
HISPANIC RETREAT
Deacon Marcelino Luna,
Director of Hispanic Ministries for
the Diocese of Little Rock, will be
leading a Spanish-language retreat
entitled "God and I" on
May 29-30.
Participants will meet from 7:30-9:00
p.m. on Friday and return on Satur-
day for presentations, testimonies,
music, and praise. Overnight ac-
commodations will be available for
those who need them.
RETREATS FOR THE BUSY
A 30-week retreat based on
the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius,
"Retreat in Daily Life," will complete
its 2008-2009 session in May. Look
for information about the 2009-2010
retreat in the spring.
If you can spare two con-
secutive Saturday mornings and
are willing to spend 30-45 minutes
praying with scripture in the inter-
vening six nights, the "Take Home Re-
treat," led by Sisters Rachel Dietz and
Hilary Decker, OSB may be for you.
The first group will meet right after the
New Year. The first Saturday session
will guide participants through various
ways of praying with scripture and will
allow for journaling time. Following that
meeting, everyone will be given a take
home list of six scripture passages,
with the suggestion that 30-45 minutes
be spent praying with each one. Dur-
ing the second three hour Saturday
session, participants will spend time in
faith sharing and group discussion.

Our annual Retreat Brochure
will be mailed out in early October.
For more information about any
retreat, call (479) 783-1135 or visit
www.stscho.org/retreats.html.
SEASONAL RETREATS
St. Scholastica Retreat
Center is offering three opportuni-
ties for visitors to encounter Jesus
through the liturgical seasons.
On
March 21, Rev. Re-
becca Spooner, a Presbyterian
minister, will lead an ecumeni-
cal Lenten Day of Recollection--
"Rolling Back the Stone: Prepar-
ing Our Hearts for Easter."
On
April 9-12, join the
sisters in a Triduum Retreat as
they celebrate Holy Week in si-
lent prayer. This retreat begins
on the evening of Holy Thursday
and ends with the celebration of
the Eucharist on Easter.
On
December 3, Sister
Maria DeAngeli, OSB leads an
Advent Day of Recollection.
SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
On
April 25, attend a
one-day workshop, "Create Your
Own Gourd Prayer Bowl." This
popular workshop, led by Sister
Melissa Ann Letts, OSB, was fea-
tured on Channel 40/29 television
news last year.
Sister Macrina Wiederkehr,
OSB will present two retreats that ex-
plore spiritual journaling and writing.
The first, "The Poem of Your Life," will
be held
October 2-4. She will offer
her popular retreat, "Soul Writing," on
November 20-22.
On
March 13-15, Sister
Macrina will join with Velma Frye,
singer, songwriter, and instrumen-
talist, presenting "Strum a Melody
of Blessing With Your Life." Frye
has cut a companion CD, "Seven
Sacred Pauses," to Sister Macri-
na's award-winning 2008 book.
Photo of Rose by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB
Renew Your Spirit...
Refresh Your Soul...
Attend a Retreat.
In 2009
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NEWS BRIEFS
On July 2-6, Sisters Cabrini Schmitz,
OSB, Prioress, and Sisters Ethel Marie Son-
nier and Hilary Decker, OSB, Chapter Del-
egates, went to the Federation Chapter Meet-
ing at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech
Grove, IN. At the meeting Sister Joella Kidwell,
OSB, of Monastery Immaculate Conception,
Ferdinand, IN was elected President of the
Federation of St. Gertrude.
On June 15-21, Sister Jean Ma-
her, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery,
Duluth, MN, led the sisters in their annual
retreat. The theme of the retreat was
"Bread Broken."
On June 29-July 3 Sisters Alice
O'Brien, Regina Schroeder, and Cecelia
Brickell, OSB attended the Monastic Institute
in Collegeville, MN.
On July 11-13, Sisters Rosalie
Ruesewald and Catherine Markey, OSB
attended the Convention for the Common
Good in Philadelphia, PA and a "National
Catholic Teach-In on the War in Iraq" spon-
sored by Pax Christi, USA.
On July 25-28, Sister Rosalie and
Sister Christine Eckart, OSB participated
in Bridgefolk at St. John's Abbey, Colleg-
eville, MN. Bridgefolk is a movement of
sacramentally-minded Mennonites and
peace-minded Catholics who meet each
year to explore each other's traditions.
Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB, had
an article, "Good Zeal," published in an
Australian journal, "Tjurunga," edited by
Father Michael Casey. The article had
been derived from a presentation Sister
Cabrini made to the Benedictine Vocation
Directors Conference in 2007, at which
Father Casey was a featured speaker.
On August 7-10, Sister Magdalen
Stanton, OSB went to the American Bene-
dictine Academy Conference at Sacred
Heart Monastery, Yankton, SD, where she
studied the theology of Thomas Merton.
On September 16-19, Maryanne
Meyerriecks attended the National Communi-
cators Network for Women Religious Confer-
ence in Cincinnati, OH.
On September 19-22, Sister
Rachel Dietz, OSB attended the Subpri-
oresses Meeting at Our Lady of Grace
Monastery, Beech Grove, IN.
Sister Marcrina Wiederkehr,
OSB's book, "Seven Sacred Pauses," was
named "One of the Best Spiritual Books of
2008 by "Spirituality and Practice."
With her award-winning book, "Seven Sacred Pauses,"
Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB teaches us to live mindfully through
the hours of the day.
Now, with the release of her 2009 limited edition inspirational
calendar, "Sacred Pauses," she gives us the opportunity to live
mindfully and prayerfully throughout the year.
The calendar, whose proceeds will benefit the Retreat Center, is
available for $10 at St. Scholastica Gift Shop, on our website at
http://www.stscho.org, or by phone order at (479) 783-4147 ext. 34.