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Vol. 38, No. 3 ST. SCHOLASTICA MONASTERY, Fort Smith, AR October, 2009
Sister Maria DeAngeli was installed as prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery on May 28, she needed to del-
egate her former positions--Gift Shop Manager and Formation Director--to other sisters.
Sister Pat Bolling, who had been working in Informa-
tion Technology and as Assistant Vocation Director, became the
Manager of the Gift Shop. With her assistants, Sisters Barbara
Schroeder and Vivian Luyet, she has been taking a complete in-
ventory to prepare for the debut of the "Monastery Online Gift
Shop." Gareth Pereira, who now shoulders most of the Infor-
mation Technology responsibilities, set up the new monastery
website with mechanisms in place to bring the gift shop online.
Taking inventory and photographing each item will be the first two
steps towards realizing this dream. Keep checking
for the online gift shop debut.
When not working with customers, Sister Pat can usually
be found in her corner gift shop office, where she continues to
update the website and help with technology when her schedule
permits. She also continues to be active in music ministry, both
as an instrumentalist and with the choir.
Sister Dolores Vincent Bauer, who had been serving as Assistant Procurator, will serve as the new Formation
Director. To prepare for this assignment, she enrolled in the Fall 2009 semester at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minne-
sota, taking courses in monastic studies. Although she misses her community, she sends regular e-mails from her temporary
home. She attends evening prayer with the monks, and is adding some computer proficiency courses to her busy schedule
to help her handle her coursework efficiently.
Sister Alice O'Brien, who also works as a part-time infirmary RN and in
spiritual direction, has become Assistant Vocation Director. Sister Alice, who
worked with vocations at Our Lady Queen of Peace Monastery in Columbia,
Missouri, brings some experience and new ideas to her assignment. Since
becoming Assistant Vocation Director, she and Sister Kimberly have hosted
three guests at Come and See Weekends and led four young women in the
Summer Discernment Retreat. In October, they will help lead the 5th Grade
Vocation Day in Subiaco and travel to Collegeville, Minnesota, for the Na-
tional Vocation Directors Retreat. In November, they are expecting two more
guests at Come and See Weekends. God is blessing the hard work of the
new vocations/formation team--Sisters Kimberly, Alice, and Dolores Vincent--
as they build on the hard work of their predecessors.
Sister Kimberly Prohaska has accepted a position as part-time Campus Minister at University of Arkansas-Fort
Smith. Working with Liz Tinquist, the new diocesan youth director, the UAFS administration, Catholic Campus Ministry presi-
dent Kristen Knight Garrett, and lay leaders Jeff Hines and Jeff Smith, Sister Kimberly is planning a full schedule of spiritual,
educational, and recreational activities for the group. Sister Kimberly, who has a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Dominican
University, brings a solid background and her trademark energy and enthusiasm to this new job, while she continues to serve
as St. Scholastica's Vocation Director.
As Sister Maria completes her first four months as prioress, she is grateful to see her new appointees blossoming in
their new roles, and to see those who are continuing in their positions work so faithfully for the community.
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Scho Girls Plan 2010 Reunion
St. Scholastica Alumnae Association
officers and local members met for dinner
and a meeting at the monastery on Sep-
tember 17.
They presented a gift to the monas-
tery--framed prints of seven angels rep-
resenting the seven liturgical hours. The
prints had been purchased by Sister Maria
DeAngeli during her 2008 visit to Rome to
undertake an intensive study of the Rule of
St. Benedict.
They gave their beloved former prin-
cipal, Sister Consuella Bauer, a scrapbook
filled with birthday cards. Sister Consuella brought a tray full of souvenirs and
mementos she had collected over the years and asked each Scho Girl to bring
one home.
The 2010 reunion will be held on July 16-18, 2010. For further details,
read the upcoming Alumnator or the website.
Recently I have become more aware of the noise all around me. Noise from early morning until I
fall asleep at night. It came to me that I could make something positive of the noise rather than letting
it be a disturbance.
Reflecting on the word LISTEN, the Rule of Benedict came to mind. St. Benedict begins the Pro-
logue of the Rule with the word LISTEN. How are we to listen? We listen not only with our ears, but
with the ears of our hearts. Listening with one's heart goes deeper. Benedict teaches us how to listen
with the ears of our hearts by following the seventy-three chapters of the Rule.
Several mornings every week there is the garbage truck that passes my window with banging and
rattling. I listen to its beeping as it backs up to turn around. I open my eyes and say `thank you, God;
it isn't my alarm.' The same with the milk delivery truck. Another prayer of thanks for a few more moments of sleep. There
are sounds from the hall that tell me my neighbors are awake and preparing for another day as I listen to their steps go back
and forth. I thank God that all is well at the moment.
Stepping out on the deck with my cup of coffee before gathering for Morning Prayer, I listen to nature's prayer. I
listen to the trees with their branches and leaves swaying in the wind, singing their morning prayer to their Creator. I listen
to the birds begin their songs of praise as they fly from tree to tree. Then there is the conversation between the crows and
I think to myself "what are they thanking God for today?"
As we gather in chapel for Morning Prayer and Eucharist I listen to the steps of the sisters coming to their places,
picking up their books, leafing the pages, standing at the tap of the chime, the voices of the cantors, inviting us to pray and
sing as we, gathered as one, make a joyful noise of gratitude and praise to our God.
Around the monastery these past few months there has been the noise of a new roof being put on the monastery.
I listen as the heavy equipment cranks up, as the men receive their orders for the day, as one or two sing a song and laugh
now and then. I thank God for each one of them and pray for their safety as they climb around on the roof of a five story
We have been blessed with rain this summer, more than usual. With a leaking roof for more than a year, I have
listened to the drops of rain as they fell into the buckets scattered around in chapel. The drops made their own rhythmic
music as they fell from the ceiling.
We live with noise all around us. It is part of our day. But we can take to heart what St. Benedict calls us to each
day and turn the noise into a listening for the voice of God calling us to listen with the ear of the heart.
"Hope is the Power behind Love." - St. John Climacus
- Sr. Maria DeAngeli, OSB
A Message From the Prioress
You are invited to the
St. Scholastica Monastery
Art Tour
Sunday, October 18
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
co-sponsored by
Fort Smith Art Center
Vol. 38, No. 3
October, 2009
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All summer we have watched with interest and wonderment as the roofers have
gone through the steps of putting a new roof on our monastery, from taking off the old
tiles, painstakingly preparing the foundation for the new tiles, then carefully fitting the
new tiles in place. All the sights and sounds over several months have also reminded us
of the big price tag on such a large project. We are grateful that our insurance provider
will be paying most of the bill, since the damage was due to wind and hail storms. As far
as we know now, the only uncovered cost is the $10,000 deductible. A new roof leads to the next big
undertaking - repair of all the interior damage from the leaks over the years. The insurance adjustors
are in the process of assessing the amount insurance will cover for the repairs. We know all will not be
covered, but at present how much extra will be needed is not yet known. Later this month, you will be
receiving our annual appeal letter requesting your help in paying for these necessary improvements to
keep our 84 year-old monastery in good shape for the coming years.
Last year's appeal letter contained a request for funds for emergency generators to provide at
least some electricity when the power goes out during storms. We have looked at various options,
but no decisions have yet been made. The estimated cost at this time seems to be about $50,000 to
provide minimum electrical power for the Infirmary, freezers, and some hallways. Our request for help
for this will be included again in this year's appeal.
As we prepare our physical surroundings to serve us into the future, we are also educating our
Sisters to meet our future needs. Sister Therese Moreno just received her degree in theology from
St. Gregory University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, through a program offered by the diocese of Little
Rock. Sister Cecelia Brickell is currently on campus at St. Gregory's getting her degree in theol-
ogy, and Sister Dolores Vincent Bauer is taking classes on monastic studies at St. John's University
in Collegeville, Minnesota, to prepare for being formation director. Here at the monastery, Haymee
Giuliani, one of our Oblates, is teaching Spanish to a group of Sisters and friends.
It's exciting to see all
the interest in learning new things and expanding horizons.
We remember all our benefactors in our prayer with hearts filled with gratitude.
From the Development Office
By Sister Elise Forst, OSB
Please remember us when revising or making your will. Our legal name is
St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
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Pax Chrsti Co-Founder Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy Discusses "Jesus' Way of Noviolent Love"
On September 22-25, Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy inspired
sisters, retreatants, and visitors with his eye-opening insights and unique
perspectives about Jesus' Way of Nonviolent Love. On September 26,
he visited the annual Diocesan Council of Women Religious in Little Rock
to make a presentation there. In his dynamic yet gentle way, he encour-
aged listeners to seek the truth and allow it to transform their lives.
Sister Anita Berkemeyer, OSB, 90, of Fort Smith passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 in St. Scho-
lastica Monastery. She was born November 7, 1918 in Atkins, Arkansas to Clemence and Mary Elizabeth Berke-
meyer. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education at Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas in 1963
and taught elementary school for over 40 years at Sacred Heart School, Charleston; St. Edward School, Little
Rock; St. Benedict School, Subiaco; Sts. Peter and Paul School, Morrison Bluff; St. Joseph School, Fayetteville;
St. Gabriel School, Kansas City; St. Vincent de Paul School, Rogers; St. Theresa School, Little Rock; and the
Nazareth, Texas public school. After her retirement from teaching in 1987, she served as the monastery's Oblate
Director and ministered to the sick and shut-ins at St. Joseph Church, Paris.
Sister Anita loved acting, singing and dancing and enjoyed performing in monastery skits. She was
also an accomplished hair stylist. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Carl and Bernard Berke-
meyer and Sister Herman Joseph Berkemeyer.
She is survived by three brothers: Herman Berkemeyer of Lake Village, Arkansas; Raymond Berkemeyer of Morrilton, Arkansas;
and John Berkemeyer of Atkins, Arkansas; seven sisters: Marie Beck of Conway, Arkansas; Louise Sponer of Hattieville, Arkansas; Rita
Rehm of Perry, Arkansas; Helen Ward of Morrilton, Arkansas; Paula Patton of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Marilyn Riedmueller of Mor-
rilton, Arkansas; Pat Stout of Morrilton, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and her monastic community.
Sister Adelma Pabst, OSB, who was a radiological and medical technician for 40 years, entered into
eternal life on July 20, 2009 at the age of 87, at St. Scholastica Monastery. She was born on January 27, 1922
in Pleasant Green, Missouri to Aloysius and Wilhelmine Pabst. She entered St. Scholastica Convent on August
31, 1938 and made her monastic profession on June 24, 1941. She became certified as a radiologic technolo-
gist in 1946 and was a member of American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She attended Incarnate Word
College in San Antonio, Texas and became certified as a laboratory technologist in 1961. During her career, she
worked at St. Joseph's Hospital, Boonville, Missouri; Municipal Hospital, Clarksville; St. Vincent's Infirmary, Little
Rock; St. Mary's Hospital, Dermott; and Conway County Hospital, Morillton. After retiring from hospital work, she
worked in St. Scholastica Infirmary 1975-82 and in the monastery gift shop 1982-84.
After receiving her Pastoral Care certificate in 1986, she worked in counseling at Arkansas Children's Hospi-
tal and Conway County Hospital. Even after her retirement she continued to volunteer as receptionist.
Sister Adelma is survived by two brothers, Robert Pabst, Tyler, Texas; and John Pabst, Missouri; one sister, Dolores Krewet,
Festus, Missouri; nieces and nephews and the members of her monastic community.
Oblate Hermina Udouj, 96, of Little Rock died Wednesday, July 22, 2009. She was born to Conrad and Gretchen Kraemer
Elsken in Subiaco on February 11, 1913. She was married to the late Rudolph Udouj and is survived by five children. In addition to being
an oblate, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith and an RSVP volunteer.
By Sister Anita Berkemeyer, OSB
O God give me the grace to live in such a way
That I may be ready to die at any time;
I know that you love me God,
And will always be with me.
I fear death for I have never experienced it before.
Let me know that at death Jesus will carry me
In His arms to take that last trip to eternal life
with Him.
He has already died for all the graces we need.
Jesus, I surrender my life and my death to you.
In Loving Memory
Justpeace is continuing its witness at the northeastern corner of
Creekmore Park, facing Rogers Avenue, on the first Sunday of each month
from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Some members are studying Spanish, attending the 12 p.m. His-
panic Mass each Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church, and getting to
know the Hispanic community.
During this time, they came to know a young man who lived in
poverty all his life and helped him to obtain a scholarship to attend Subi-
aco Academy. He is thrilled and grateful to have received this opportunity.
Although the scholarship is generous, it does not cover all his expenses.
$5,000 more is needed. If you would like to help this promising young man,
please call Sister Maria De Angeli.
It is spend a lifetime listening to the Eucharistic Prayers and
never apprehend that what is being remembered is a Person--who re-
jected violence, forgave everyone, prayed for persecutors, returned good
for evil.
- Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy," The Nonviolent Eucharistic Jesus: A Pastoral Approach"
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There is a DEPTH in each of us that we
haven't completely discovered. May it
slowly be revealed to us.
- Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB
2010 Retreat Preview
Days of Recollection in 2010
February 13 Caregiver's Retreat
Sister Rachel Dietz and the staff of Peachtree Hospice invite
caregivers to renew their spirits, relax and receive the love and
care they give all day every day. Learn that you are not alone
and that the load you carry can be made lighter.
June 12 Prologue of St. Benedict
Sister Ethel Marie Sonnier, who works in retreat ministry
at Hesychia House of Prayer, invites retreatants to listen
with the ear of their hearts as they are introduced to the
scripture-based Rule of St. Benedict.
October 16 The Rosary: A Breath of Fresh Prayer
Cassandra Poppe, Arkansas Catholic columnist, Director of
Intercessories Family Ministry and creator of the Rosary Quilt
shares her insights on praying the Rosary as a family.
November 20 Gourd Prayer Bowl Workshop
Sister Melissa Ann Letts, an artisan at Red Plains Monas-
tery, returns to teach participants how to make their own
gourd prayer bowls while learning the spriituality and mean-
ing of Native American symbols.
December 11 Advent Day of Recollection
Sister Rachel Dietz will show us how to see
Mary as our
model as we endure our own "waiting" for God's action to be
revealed in our own life experiences.
Weekend Retreats in 2010
January 29-30 Iconography
Rev. Paul Fetsko, a Greek Orthodox priest and chaplain at
St. Edward's Hospital, will teach participants about the his-
tory of the icons which have inspired Eastern Christianity for
many centuries.
February 19-21 Thomas Merton on Lent
Dr. John King, a Merton Scholar, will focus on Thomas Mer-
ton's method of Lenten prayer, including prayer journaling
as a means of focusing one's prayer and conversion during
March 19-21 Heart of the Hunter: A Contemplative Retreat
"To be hunted by God is not to die but to fall in love. The
spears of God's love slice through your being and you are
both wounded and healed." Sister Macrina Wiederkehr will
lead retreatants in a hunt for life's fullness and meaning
through God.
April 30-May 2 The Power of Centering Prayer
Nick Cole will review the history and methods of centering
prayer and give participants opportunity to experience the
Divine Therapy in practice. Silence will be an integral part
of this retreat.
June 18-19 Acceptance: Give Up Messing With Your Life
Rev. Lowell Grisham, the pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal
Church in Fayetteville, shares his insights on watching life
with wonder and responding freely.
August 27-28 Contemplative Prayer: Window to Our True Selves
Sister Diane Langford, CDP guides retreatants in contempla-
tive prayer, helping them to become more conscious of their
false selves so that they can be truly free.
October 8-9 Living the Spiritual Life in the Modern World
Sister Joanne Yankauskis, OSB of Red Plains Monastery will
lead retreatants to recognize the sacredness in every moment
and listen to God's voice deep within.
October 15-17 Living From the Inside Out
Rebecca Wiederkehr is a licensed clinical social worker who
has worked with women, personal empowerment, and spiri-
tuality for over 25 years. She will speak on the role of for-
giveness in mental health and help retreatants to become
more centered and find peace within themselves.
November 12-14 Sacred Pauses: The Practice of Living Mindfully
Sister Macrina Wiederkehr and singer-songwriter Velma
Frye will present a feast of poetry, song, story, prayer, and
ritual along with periods of silence, all grounded in the deep
yearning for union with the Beloved.
Longer Retreats in 2010
January 7-10 Silent Directed Retreat
Msgr. Scott Friend, other diocesan priests, and the spiritual
directors in the St. Scholastica monastic community will work
individually with participants in a silent retreat based on the
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
April 1-4 Triduum Retreat
Experience the Triduum in silence with the sisters as you
participate at Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and other prayer
services during the most sacred week of the liturgical year.
The retreat begins at 2 p.m. Holy Thursday with an orienta-
tion and ends after lunch on Easter Sunday.
September 16-22 Learning to Abide: A 5 Day Silent Lectio Retreat
Sister Macrina Wiederkehr will guide retreatants in reading
scripture contemplatively and prayerfully. Themes will be
drawn from Macrina's book in process, Learning to Abide,
The Song of the Seed and from Stephen Binz's book, Con-
versing with God in Scripture.
Classes in 2010
Sister Magdalen Stanton will give afternoon and evening
Calligraphy Classes in Spring and Fall, 2010. New groups
Retreat in Daily Life, Introduction to Spiritual Direc-
tion, and Year 4 of Spiritual Direction Formation will open
in Oc
tober 2010.
The retreat center patio, built this summer, was a gift
from many friends of the center.
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Our Senior Sisters, Still Serving Grace-fully and Faithfully
When the psalmist wrote that the just "shall bear fruit even in old age, ever
vigorous and sturdy" (Psalm 92:10) he must have had the senior sisters in mind.
Besides spending many hours in the chapel and in adoration, our retired sisters
can be seen ministering to one another and helping out with monastery chores.
Sister Agatha Knittig, 87, loves and many of her cookies and breads are
sold in the gift shop all year round. Fall is her busiest season as she starts pre-
paring for the annual bake sale, which will be held on December 12-13 this year.
Sister Agatha, who taught elementary school for more than 45 years, can often be
found in the retreat center kitchen baking or occasionally canning, skills she learned
growing up on the family farm. Visitors to the gift shop often have an opportunity to
sample Sister Agatha's baking. Every Tuesday Sister
Agatha joins Sister Elise Forst on a visit to MediHome, Arkoma, Oklahoma, bringing her
happy smile and reading materials to the residents there.
Sister Vivian Luyet, 91, returned to the monastery in January, 2008 after spending
many years at St. Joseph's in Little Rock. Although she had recently recovered from
cancer, Sister Vivian offered to work in the monastery gift shop five mornings a week.
Learning how to process credit cards was a bit of a challenge, but Sister Vivian really
enjoys meeting her customers, especially her former students from St. Boniface School,
where she served as teacher and principal for 29 years.
Sister Xavier Perona, 88, worked as a nurse for over 56 years, and retired from the
Veteran's Hospital in Fayetteville in 1993. Upon returning to St. Scholastica Monastery,
she became the director of the Infirmary for 5 years, retiring from nursing duties in 1998.
Last week, Sister Xavier moved into the infirmary herself, but she keeps too busy to
spend much time in her beautiful new room. She helps with dishwashing and does laundry for many of the sisters
who are no longer able to do their own. Fridays are laundry days and Monday mornings are spent ironing the altar
cloths for the monastery chapel. Despite some aches and pains, Sister Xavier always has a friendly smile and a kind
word for everyone she meets.
Sister Valeria Moellers, 94, was a beloved piano teacher until she started losing her vision due to macular
degeneration. Despite her vision problems, she continued to play the organ in chapel until a few years ago. Now
she mentors Sister Alice O'Brien, who is in temporary profession, in piano. Sister Alice describes the notes on the
page to Sister Valeria, who tells her how they should be played, listening and gently
correcting her as she learns her pieces. After a year of lessons, Sister Alice is able
to play at noon praise every day, and is becoming a dedicated musician.
Sister Josita Nahlen, 92, a former teacher and principal, is an accom-
plished seamstress. She spends some time each day in her fifth floor sewing room,
making crafts for the gift shop and doing mending for the sisters.
Sister Anne Heim, 96, known as "the flying nun" after winning racewalking
trophies in statewide and national Senior Olympics competitions, is still a sister in
perpetual motion. She is the sacristan at Trinity Junior High School, visiting twice
a week to clean the altar and launder the altar cloths before school Masses. At the
monastery she helps in the dining room, filling sugar bowls, salt and pepper and
napkin holders and straightening chairs. Sister Anne has a great devotion to the
Rosary and started the 3 p.m. rosary group in the infirmary every day.
Sister Richard Walter, 93, a gifted cook and gardener prior to retire-
ment, loves to help whenever she can. She is the infirmary's towel folder,
and when the sisters go out to pick pecans, she gets a lot of enjoyment
out of shelling them.
In our next issue, we will focus on the accomplishments and contribu-
tions of some more of our senior sisters, including several who are still
working full time in the monastery.
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by Sister Kimberly Prohaska, OSB
One never knows how the path of life will go and this is especially true for those of us who have handed our lives over to God
in the religious life.
Here in Fort Smith, we boast of a lovely college campus. Our sisters over the years have been a part of the University of
Arkansas, Fort Smith in a variety of ways. We have been students, teachers and supporters of UAFS.
Most recently, I was approached by the Diocese of Little Rock to consider the possibility of becoming the UAFS Catholic Cam-
pus Minister. I have to admit the request from Liz Tingquist, the diocesan Director of Youth and Campus Ministry, came as a surprise
as I have been working rather contentedly for St. Scholastica as Vocation Director for eight years.
I took in the request and prayed with it for a bit. I dialogued with our prioress, Sister Maria De Angeli, about the potential part
time ministry and what that would mean to me and to the community.
I soon met with Liz Tingquist and lay leader Jeff Hines; the Chancellor of the University, Mr. Paul B Beran, Ph.D; and Vice
Chancellor of UAFS Arleene P. Breaux, Ed.D. We met at the university and were given a lovely tour of the campus.
The Campus Ministry of the Diocese expresses the following:
Catholic Campus Ministry in the Diocese of Little Rock witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by teaching and preaching the
Word of God and by gathering together the community for worship and service. It is the Catholic Church's presence and witness to all
people involved in and with institutions of higher education.
Diocesan Catholic Campus Ministry has certain essential responsibilities and functions that "reflect the general mission of the Church on campus."
("Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future," November 1985)
The Goals of the Diocese and all Campus Ministry in Arkansas include:
Forming the faith community
Appropriating the faith
Forming the Christian conscience
Educating for justice
Facilitating personal development
Developing leaders for the future
Ministry resources for campus ministers and faculty advisors
Funding for campus ministry programs and centers
Annual diocesan campus ministry convention
Annual diocesan campus ministry fall retreat
Leadership workshops
Program planning
Mission trips
I am very new to this ministry on behalf of the community and the Diocese of Little Rock. I have the honor of working with
some great young adults. Our president Kristen Garrett and our CMAC representatives, Jacob Hendershot and Gloria Trinidad are
amazing. Jeff Hines and Jeff Smith are terrific spiritual leaders for our Fort Smith Young Adults. We have our UA Fort Smith Staff advi-
sor Gloria Schneider and Deacon Greg Pair who are always there for CCM UAFS. Personally, I come with Campus ministry experi-
ence as a college student and my degree in Pastoral Ministry from Dominican University, but it is, I believe, the grace of God and the
people I am blessed to work with that will allow Catholic Campus Ministry of UA Fort Smith to continue being the great organization it
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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 2010 limited edition inspira-
tional calendar, "A Year of Blessings," she gives us the opportu-
nity 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, or by phone order at (479) 783-4147 ext. 334.
News Briefs
Sister Cecelia Brickell, who will
make her final profession next June,
attended the Benedictine Spiritual-
ity Workshop and Retreat at Sacred
Heart Monastery, Yankton, South
Dakota June 9-30.
Sister Alice O'Brien visited St.
John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minne-
sota June 28 - July 2 to attend the
Monastic Institute: Household Eco-
nomics: Simplicity and Sustainability
in Community.
Sister Stephanie Schroed-
er attended the Monastic Liturgy Fo-
rum at St. John's Abbey, Collegeville,
Minnesota July 12-18.
August 19-24,
Sisters Rachel Di-
etz and Hilary Decker attended the
Retreat Directors' Conference at Our
Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech
Grove, Indiana.
Sisters Maria DeAngeli and Elise
Forst attended the Benedictine De-
velopment Symposium at Schuyler,
Nebraska August 3-7.
On September 18,
Sister Catherine
Markey received the "Valiant Woman
Award" from Church Women United
in recognition for her work for peace
and justice in the River Valley area.
Sister Therese Moreno received her
B.A. in Theology from St. Gregory
University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, after
having completed her studies through
the Little Rock Theology Institute.
DECEMBER 12-13, 2010