Jean Daly gets ready for the Bake Sale. At right, (L to R) Sister Rich-

ard Walter, Marie Gordon, Sr. Annella Reginelli, Jean Daly, and Sr.

Consuella Bauer at afternoon Rosary.

Vol. 39, No. 1


February, 2010

Helping Hands from

Distant Lands

Share Their Talents

Volunteers have been an indispensable asset in the sisters’ ministries

for many years, and occasionally they are blessed with some who offer their

services full-time for a period of weeks or even months.

This fall, four volunteers came to help--Curtis and Erika Soderbeck

from St. Paul, Minnesota, and Jean Daly and Marie Gordon from Leamington

Spa, England.

Jean and Marie, childhood friends, had often dreamed of making an extend-

ed visit to a monastery, and, having recently retired, were able to realize their dream

at St. Scholastica. Jean baked for the Bake Sale, helped at the Retreat Center, and

visited with the sisters in the infirmary. Marie spent most of her time in the infirmary,

visiting and chatting with the sisters, doing their nails and putting cream on their

hands and faces. She revived the 4 p.m. Rosary group during her visit.

“I cannot believe how welcoming everyone has been to us, and I will

have such fond memories,” Jean said. Both Jean and Marie have joined the

Oblate program and hope to return to volunteer next fall.

Curtis and Erika, who have made five or six visits to the monastery,

some brief and some extended, spent six weeks volunteering in December and

January. Curtis enjoys working with maintenance supervisor Ed Elkins and his

crew, and Erika, a long-term employee at St. Paul’s Monastery, St. Paul, Min-

nesota, helps in the laundry and the retreat center and monastery kitchens.

“There’s really something special about being on this hill,” Curtis said. “It’s so

peaceful and enjoyable.”

Sister Maria DeAngeli, speaking for the community, said that the sisters

loved the “peaceful energy” of the Soderbecks and the “joy and laughter and

life” of Marie and Jean. “I think they’ve brought a lot of happiness to the sisters

in the infirmary,” she said.

Curtis and Erika Soderbeck relax in

their home away from home. Below, Sr.

Madeline Bariola and Erika put away

the Christmas decorations at the Retreat


with the Sisters


A Message From the Prioress

As we begin the New Year of 2010 (already into the second month) I think back and

ponder over all the events of the past year. One word springs to mind--GRATITUDE.

We, as the community of St. Scholasticas, are most grateful to all who have given to

us in many and sundry ways. Each and every one of you is remembered daily in our


We are grateful that the monastery roof was completed, although there have been

a few recalls to the roofers to return for a few repairs. Work began on the interior

walls of the chapel on January 13th. We moved our Worship Space to our commu-

nity room during work on the north wall. The south wall was not damaged so painters matched the paint

as best they could so the entire chapel did not have to be repainted. It was a little congested at times

but we managed.

February brings another type of GRATITUDE to mind. The gratitude to Jesus as we begin the

season of Lent. Lent seems to take on a somber attitude as we recall and journey with Jesus in his

sufferings that won our salvation.

We enter into this Holy Season with gratitude for Jesus giving of himself for us, with our own

resolutions of different fasting and good works. While we make efforts to keep Lent before us daily as

St. Benedict tells monastics in his Rule, we also look forward with expectation to Easter, the celebration

of the Paschal Mystery.

Let us then, this Season of Lent, be faithful to what we have resolved to do as we journey with

Jesus in faith, hope, and love, so that we may BE, as St. Augustine says, “AN ALLELUIA PEOPLE

Several hundred people filled the monastery and its park-

ing lots to overflowing at the St. Scholastica Art Tour Octo-

ber 17. The visitors, many of whom had never been to the

monastery, learned about Benedictine history from Sister

Pierre (pictured below) and toured the first three floors of

the building, stopping to visit with sisters in the infirmary.

Many guests chatted with Sister Elise at the information

table to learn about our programs and ministries.

In Loving Memory

Oblate Sammie Peters-Long, 92,

of Van Buren died Saturday, De-

cember 26, 2009. She and her

sister owned and operated Sam-

mie’s Beauty Shop in Fort Smith

for 43 years.

She was also a

co-owner of John Long’s Avia-

tion School and Service in Tulsa,

president of St. Boniface Catholic Auxiliary, member

of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith, St.

Boniface Catholic Daughters Association, and a vol-

unteer at Mercy Crest and St. Edward Mercy Medical

Center. She was enrolled in the Oblate program on

September 15, 2002. She was preceded in death by

her husband, John Long; daughter, Jean Peters Pilch

(formerly Sister Mary Hugh); and sister, Rachel Pe-

ters. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,

Stephen H. and Sandy Peters; son-in-law, John Pilch;

her sister, Katherine Marsh; three grandchildren; and

several nephews and cousins.

Vol. 39, No. 1


February, 2010

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: FAX: 479-782-4352. Anyone is welcome to be on the mailing list at no charge.

Maryanne Meyerriecks.........Managing Editor

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Calvert McBride........Printers


“Hope is the power behind love.”

Al & Isabel Adams

Barbara Adams

Carmelita Adams

Mary Adams

Joe & Margaret Aguzzi

Jim & Sandra Ahlert

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Stephen Ahlert

Ronald & Judy Ahlhorn

Rosella Aichlmayr

Alfords House of Carpets

Walter & Lucille Ammon

Rick & Mary Anders

Bertha Anderson

Leo & Barbara Anhalt

Anonymous (31)

Area Agency on Aging

Ormalene Artho

Paul & Catherine Ashour

Mary Ashworth

Assumption Church, Atkins

Alicia Austin

Sue Baber

Mary Louise Baier

Mildred Baillio

Larry & Mary Lynn Baker

Ray & Nancy Baker

Debbie Balicki

Ruben & Marietta Baltz

Father Leonard Banas

John & Jean Banchetti

Karen Banks

Delores Barber

Bariola Estate

Julius & Janice Bariola

Jo Ann Barr

Ben & Susan Barry

Josephine Basgall

Harrell & Vivian Bates

Carolyn Bauer

Msgr. Henry Bauer

Jerome Bauer

Robert Baugh

Richard & Norma Jean


Frances Beck

Hugo & Sharon Beck

Marie Beck

Dr. Bradley Becker

David & Nancy Becker

F.A. & Virginia Becker

Dennis & Sandra Beebe

Mark & Heather Beene

Antoinette Beland

Ben E. Keith Foods

Debbie Bentley

Anthony Benz

Bernice Bergup

Herman & Bernice Berkemeyer

John & Sue Berkemeyer

Mike & Pam Berkemeyer

Ivy & Charlyn Bernard

Kaye Bernard

Johanna & Sarah Berryman

Luigi & Toni Jean Bersani

Augusta Best (dec.)

Lanny & Rita Bezner

Karen Binz

Darryl Birkenfeld & Jo Ann


Marilyn Birkenfeld

Kathryn Birkhead

Isabelle Birnbaum

Gary & Mary Jeanne Black

Thelma Blake

Charles & Frankie Blaschke

Deborah Coddington

Clara Combs

Commercial Drywall

Community Services


Estella Conatser

Harry & Louise Conklin

Betty Coots

Martha Corff

Marge Cosby

Kay Cowan

Bob & Bette Kay Cowie

Nancy Credeur

Paul & Theresa Cronan

Jean Crone

Leona Cronin

Richard and Madonna


Cindy Cross

Lewis & Laura Crow

Jerry & Joan Crumly

Dr. William & Donna Curry

Gene & Janette Dahlem

Columbus & Phyllis Dalmut

Jean Daly

Ron & Tami Danielak

Nancy Davis

Tony Davis

John & Rea DeAngelo

George & Debbie deGravelle

Gwen DeGruccio

Frances & Kathleen


Michael & Genevieve


Thomas & Ida DeSalvo

Margaret Deuster

Gerard & Mary Devaney

Larry & Bonnie Diefendorf

Keith & Lisa Dietz

Leo & Sally Dilger

Disciples of the Lord Jesus

Christ, Amarillo, Texas

John & Patricia Dolan

Kruger & Arleen Donelson

Bob Doss

Chandler Doss

Zachary & Carolyn Duclos

Genevieve Duffy

Delma Dunn

Nancy Dupire

Paul & Pat Duvall

Mary Ealum

Milt Earnhart

Don & Crystal Eastman

Leo Eckart


Nellie Brandes

Rosa Bray

Curtis & Teresa Breeden

Debby Brown

Margaret Brown

Roy & Paulette Brown

Larry & Karen Bruce

Dick & Jane Brummel

Nora Bryant

Regina Buergler

Joe & Connie Bulmanski

John & Mary Burns

Norma Burton

James Busby

Gus Buss

Fran Butler

Frances Byrd

Fred & Charlotte Cadell

Tom & Dorothy Caldarera

Kay Calzone


The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery thank each of you, our benefactors and volunteers, for your generous

support. You are remembered in our love and prayers. The first Monday of each month, a Mass is offered for

you and your intentions.

Benefactors listed here supported the Monastery during the year 2009.

The sisters in the infirmary went on an outing to Carol Ann

Cross Park, accompanied by sisters and staff.

Kenneth & Stella Blaschke

John & Steve Blasczyk

J.O. & Gloria Blaty

Lois Bliss

Sister Barbara Bock, OSB

Olukanyin Bodeharrison

William & Theresa Boekholder

Linda Boen

Lawrence & Shirley Boente

Lawrence & Elizabeth Bolte

Kathy Bombela

Fred & Cindy Borchert

Joseph Bottalico

L.B. & Elizabeth Boughfman

Bill & Mary Bourne

Billy Joe & Vernell Bowen

Jill Bowerman

Marilyn Boyd

Dr. John & Peggy Brandebura

Cathy Cannatella

Joseph & Anne Marie


Jim & Sheila Canup

John & Therese Canziani

Luis & Marie Carcano

Sam & Laurie Carman

Sean Carrier

Agnes Carson

Catholic Womens Union, AR

Lucy Catina

Paul & Magdalen Cesare

Clyde & Betty Chaney

Clifford & Myrna Chensam

Ann Childs

Mike & Rita Chisum

Sybil Cingolani

Mildred Coleman

CMR Construction & Roofing

Dr. Greg & Marta Jones

Jay Jones

Scott & Amber Jones

Margie Joyce

Dr. Robert & Jo Ann Kale

Lothar & Eldeen Karl

Jo Kastner

Louise Kaufman

Kathleen Keller

Patricia Kennedy

Graham & Dorothy Kent

Alberta, Mary Lou, & Rose

Ann Kiene

Kincaid Coach Lines

Lucille King

John King

Margaret Kirby

Brother Francis Kirchner,OSB

Bill & Dorothy Kirk

Hilda Kleck

John & Constance Klug

Bethany Knight

Knights of Columbus,

Charleston, AR

Knights of Columbus,

Conway, AR

Knights of Columbus, Fort

Smith, AR

Knights of Columbus,

Nazareth, TX

Knights of Columbus,

Russellville, AR

Ed & Annette Knittig

Joseph Knittig

Tim & Heather Knittig

Bobby & Beth Knox

Gilbert & Doris Koch

J.P. (dec.) & Christina Koch

Jute & Eileen Koch

Kenneth & Michaella Koldys

Joyce Koozer

Mary Kordsmeier

Julia Kovac

Mike & Katie Krall

James & Carmelita Kremers

Trenna Kremers

David & Connie Krites

Jane Krone

Alphonse Kuehler

Linda Noe Laine

Dick & Jo Ann Lambert

Ginger Lambert

Dolores Land

Helen Lang

Mary Lange

Barbara Langlois

Chris & Cindy Larson

Gerald & Rosella Lasater

James Lazzari

Marceline Lazzari

John & Jane Leding

Mary Jane Leding

Rosemary Lelemsis

Agatha Lensing

(L to R) Sisters Gabriel Brandt, Richard Walter,

and Columba Moseley and visitor Iris Hightower

bring Rowdy, a therapy dog, to see Sister Herbert

Huber in the Infirmary.

Mary Edelhuber

Ed & Mary Elkins

Anne Marie Ellison

LaVerne Elsken

Linda Elsken

Mark Elsken

Father Joseph Enderlin

Environmental Protection


Betty Etzkorn

Dolores Etzkorn (dec.)

Dolores Etzkorn Estate

John & Candy Etzkorn

Daniel & Michele Evans

Berniece Evers

Jerry & Phyllis Ewing

Mary Faltus

Anthony & Louise Farris

Audrey Ferguson

Rita Ferguson

Ruth Findley

Margaret Fitzpatrick

Margaret Flanagan

Ruth Flanagan

Cynthia Fontenot-Harp & Ken


Clara Forst (dec.)

Clara Forst Family

Donna & Dorothy Forst

Fred & Joy Forst

Louis & Marge Forst

Tom Forst

Kevin & Judy Forte

Steve & Tina Foster

Lorene Fowler

Jacqueline Franck

Helen Rose Franken

Maria Frantz

Beth Frazier

Ben & Ann Frietsche

Terry & Jill Frisbie

Beth Fritsch

Dick & Kathy Fuhrman

Janet Fuller

Adrian & Anna Furstenberg


Kathy Furstenberg

Leo & Mildred Furstenberg

Susan Gabbard

Susan Gamble

John & Dolores Gangluff

Livia Garcia

Pat Garms

John Garner Meats

John & Sandy Gass

Tom & Laurie Gassman

Carol Geels

Harold & Josephine Geels

Alma Gipson

Girl Scouts, St. Joseph,

Fayetteville, AR

Marcetta Gordon

Marie Gordon

Margaret Gourley

Gene Grabber

John Grabber

Patricia Grabber

Bernice Grabber-Tintes

Adolph Gramlich

John & Gertie Gramlich

Nick & Joanie Gramlich

Stephen & Lynda Gramlich

Sharon Grant

Julius & Else Greb

James & Evelyn Green

Carol Griesemer

Larry & Mary Jane Grinstead

Joseph & Christine Gubanski

Judy Guedon

Karen Guiney

Frank & Ann Gunderman

Harold & Willette Gunderman

Joseph & Marilyn Gunther

John & Patricia Habberstad

Dan & Alice Hadwin

Richard & Karin Hahn

Joe & Mary Ann Halcisak

John & Theresa Hall

Sandra Hall

Joseph Hamel

Charles & Theresa Hamling

Darlene Hammer

Herman Hanggi

Ben & Barbara Hardcastle

Henry & Ramona Harder

Neil & Judy Harmon

Don & Jane Harrison

Father T.J. Hart

Josie Hartman

William & Claire Hartmann

Lucy Hartmeier

Rosemary Harvel

Jerry & Jude Hassler

Charmaine Haunert

Charles & Lindy Hayden

James & Helen Hays

Ida Heinrich

Jacob Hendershot

Jerry & Wincie Hendricks

Roger & Vickie Hensley

Marjorie Herrig

Gary & Donna Herron

Bill & Agnes Hess

Pete & Joy Hibbard

Elizabeth Hierholzer

Sister Kathleen Higgins

Terrance & Janice Hill

Agnelia Hinson

Mark & Delphine Hittson

Rebecca Hodges

Denis Hoelting

N.A. & Mary Hoelting

Viola Hoelting

Judy Hoelzeman

Therese Hoelzeman

Mary Louise Hoffman

Paul Hoffman

Charles & Jean Holman

Holmes Erection, Inc.

Margaret Holt

Holy Redeemer Christian

Mothers’ Society,

Clarksville, AR

Jim & Mary Jan Hoobler

Wilburn & Betty Hoover

Marjorie Horinek

Dot Hosford

David & Sarah Hotzel

Michael & Deborah Hoyt

Gene & Louise Huber

Hug Chevrolet

Frank & Kitty Hug

Ethelreda Hughes (dec.)

John Hum

Ann Hunt

Judith Hurt

Immaculate Conception

Church, Fort Smith, AR

Alice Isgrig

Robert & Frances Jacimore

Elizabeth Jansen

Kathy Jarvis

Charles & Therese Jenkins

Donna Johnson

Dr. George Johnson

Judith Moran

Diana Moreno

Elena Moreno-Keegan

Warren & Arlyne Morey

Johnny & Barbara Morris

Ronnie & Regina Moyer

Maria Mulligan

Bill Murray

Nahlen Family Trust

Andrew Nahlen

Leonard Nahlen

Theresa Nahlen

T.J. & Mary Ann Nahlen

Tony Nahlen

National Religious Retirement


John & Marie Needham

John & Phyllis Neubauer

Delores Neumeier

Mark Nichols

Angela Norris

Dianne Norris

Marie Nunn

Lee & Sherry Nutt

Max & Juanita Nutt

Herman & Mary Oberkoetter

Bob & Jennie O’Connor

Terry Olsen

James & Penny Oswald

Father John Oswald

Msgr. Richard Oswald

Our Lady of Peace

Monastery, Columbia, MO

Earl & Vickie Pabst

Lois Pacello

Panera Bread

Bobby & Dorothy Pate

Pauls Bakery

James & Jackie Peel

Ig & Brenda Pereira

Carol Phillips

Patricia Phillips

Henry & Charlotte Piazza

Randy & Martha Pieroni

John & Berta Pilkington

Ben & Catherine Pinter

Irma Pittroff

Joseph Plant

Roman & Antonia Plugge

Shirley Plugge

Daniel Plunkett

Kay Pope

Dr. James & Pat Post

Matthew & Betty Post

Patricia Presley

Patricia Price

Kyle & Jennifer Priest

Prohaska Family

Prohaska Family Trust

Robert & Pamela Raible

Pauline Raley

Ronald Raley

Dick & Joyce Ratcliff

Raymond James & Assoc.

Imelda Reber

Pam Reed

Rita Rehm

Tommy Reinhart

Jennifer Reis

Drew Releford

Sandra Renfrow

Anthony & Carol Reuter

Wilson Reynolds Trust

Kristen Ricketts

Virginia Ricketts

Larry & Joyce Ringwald

Anne Roberts

Jean Rockenhaus (dec.)

Bill & Jean Ann Roddy

James & Joan Rodemann

Louise Rogers

Wallace & Elizabeth Rolniak

Orlan & Joan Roper

Larry & Evelyn Rossi

Pete & Jeanette Rossi

Clara Jane Rubarth

Dwight & Ruth Ruelle

Laurine Ruleau

Kevin & Madeline Rumker

Coy & Linda Rush

Sacred Heart Church,

Charleston, AR

St. Boniface Church, Fort

Smith, AR

St. John Church, Russellville,


St. Johns Altar Society,

Russellville, AR

St. Scholastica Alumnae

Ramon & Carol Saldana

Mary Lou Sanders

Pam Sarnat

Kevin & Mary Sayre

James & Christine Schalk

John & Theresa Scherrey

Leon & Martha Nell Schilling

Michael & Linda Schluterman

Mildred Schluterman

Ambrose & Mary Schmitz

Andrew & Sue Schmitz

Cletus & Linda Schmitz

Lawrence & Terry Schmitz

Leonard Schmitz

Dan & Evelyn Schmucker

Joe & Inez Schmuki

Dr. Bruce & Georgia Schratz

Raymond & Mary Jane


Lawrence & Lu Jane Schriver

Elmer Schroeder

Robert & Becky Schroeder

Barbara Schuchart

Jerry & Maryann Schuster

David Schwartz Farm

Lucille Schwind

Eileen Scott

Helen Seibold

Patricia Seibold

Patrick Seibold

Louis & Janie Seiter

Frederick & Marilyn Senko

Leo & Debbie Sharum

Lorene Sharum

Frank & Theresa Shaw

James Shea

Wesley & Sandra Shelley

Benita Siebenmorgen

Mr. & Mrs. David


Hilda Siebenmorgen

Joe & Margaret Siebenmorgen

Lawrence Siebenmorgen

Richard & Paula


Gary & Katie Simmons

Lloyd & Judy Sims

Sisters of Mercy, Barling

Sisters of Mercy, Fort Smith

Sisters of Mercy, Little Rock

Leslie & Barbara Skews

Ed & Rose Smetanka

Billy & Jo Ann Smith

Gayle Smith

Janet Smith

Jerry & Margaret Smith

John & Kay Smith

Mike & Suzy Smith

Pauline Smith

Penny Smith

Richard & Barbara Snow

Curtis & Erika Soderbeck

Marc & Dolores Soucy

Thomas & Paulette Spivey

Louise Sponer

Rebecca Spooner

Buddy & Linda Spradlin

Linda Starling

Mary Stehle

Robert & Barbara Stelle

Evelyn Stengel

Kenny & Pat Stengel

Benita Stevens

Kathleen Stinchcomb

Raymond Stoecklein

Howard & Joan (dec.) Stone

Jennie Lee Stoner

Steven & Ruth Stovall

Margaret Stowe

Alex & Sue Streett

James & Von Strobel

Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, AR

Pearl Suitt

Dorothy Sullivan

Tankersley Food Service

Joe & Joyce Taylor

Thomas & Mary Ann Taylor

Dave & Diana Tetreault

Mary Jo Tetreault

Virginia Thennes

Ravi and Anna Thiagarajan

Elizabeth Thines

Thomas Electric


Carolyn Lensing

F. & Adelaide Lentz

W.L. & Geraldine Lindemann

Marian Lindquist

Julie Lineberry

Benny & Kay Little

Leona Little

Dennis & Beatrice Lock

Ernest & Dana Lock

Paul & Phyllis Londino

T.C. & Angela Long

Bob & Cathy Lorenz

Jeffrey & Joelle Lowder

Patricia Lucy

Mr. & Mrs. James Luyet

Raymond & Betty Luyet

Anna Mabry

Troy & Vicki Mahan

Dolores Mahoney

Virginia Mais

James & Angela Malik

Vera Mann

Cody Manning

Jana Martin

Marty & Diane Mayer

Emma Mayes (dec.)

Bob & Ann Mazzanti

Jerry & Sharon Mazzanti

Joe Mazzanti

Marie McCann

Anne Marie McCauley

Bernice McCauley

William & Barbara McConnell

Joan McCoy

Linda McDonough

Ann McElmurry

Geraldine McFarland

Patty McGann

Judy McGrath

Mark McGregor

Tom McHale

Mary McKeown

Father David McKillin, OSB

Betsy McNeil

Rebecca Meadows

Jim & Debbie Medley

Marie Mentrup

Alvin & Carol Meyer

Fred & Maryanne Meyerriecks

Bob & Becky Meyers

Greg Meyers

John & Anna Marie Meyers

Joseph Meyers & Jo Ann


Mary Michele

Mark & Sherry Miles

Millar, Inc.

Carl & Bea Miller

Mary Miller

Jeanette Mobley

Gene & Frances Moir

Amanda Moore

James & Laura Moore

Jim & Patricia Moore

John T. Beggs, Jr.

Rose Beggs

Sister Anita Berkemeyer


Frances Beck

Harold & Sharon Beck

Robert Beck

Herman & Bernice


John & Mamie Berkemeyer

Michael & Pamela


Raymond & Patricia


Van & Nancy Berkemeyer

Bill & Mary Bourne

Catholic Womens Union, AR

Phillip & Margaret DeSalvo

Louise Dold

Cindy Ellis

Dolores Etzkorn (dec.)

Louis & Mary Gottsponer

Charles & Patricia Granberry

Joseph & Marilyn Gunther

Charles & Theresa Hamling

Don & Jane Harrison

Alan & Margie Holman

Louise Kaufman

John & Jane Leding

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Patrick & Elaine Lynch

Bernard & Mary Joyce Maus

Fred & Maryanne Meyerriecks

James & Julie Palmer

James & Paula Patton

Rita Rehm

Buddy & Marilyn Riedmueller

Lorene Riedmueller

Robert & Margaret


Louise Sponer

Ronnie & Teresa Stell

Mary Stiefvater

Edwin & Pat Stout

Elizabeth Thines

Helen Ward

Mildred Zinser

Margaret Bertrand

Clarence Bertrand

Sister Josella Birkenfeld

Jerry Warren

Sister Jane Frances Brockman

Ormalene Artho

Iyahnula Barbour

Felix & Monica Mote

Sister Carmen Beshoner

Julie Eckart

Janie Price

Sister Lioba Bruck

Father Raymond Bruck

Frances Buergler

Regina Buergler

Lorene Cash


Catalani & Winsett Families

Robert & Penny Winsett

Cesira Zucconi Calalani

Rosemary Catalani

Sister Josetta Catalani

Rosemary Catalani

Robert & Penny Winsett

Josie Clifton

Janice Killian

Leo & Pauline Corrotto

Bob & Cathy Lorenz

Dennis Anthony DeSalvo

Bobby & Patti DeSalvo

Patricia Ann Dolci

Pete & Constance Dolci

Agnes Doss

Sue Baber

Bob Doss

Linda Peters

Edward & Marie Eckart

Linda Starling

Father Placidus Eckart

Raymond & Phillis Simon

Dolores Etzkorn

Harry & Mary Beshoner

Ann Duerr

Leo & Mildred Furstenberg

Mary Ellen Furstenberg

Joe & June Lyons

Earl & Frances Wooten

Felix & Wilhelmine Fetsch &

Joe & Dorothy Lange

Jerry & Judy Lange

Clara Forst

Clara Forst Family

Gene & Charlotte Hatwig

Pamela Hudson

R.E. Kaemmerling

Kenneth & Karen Kennedy

Carolyn Ketter

Ronnie & Kathy King

Dorothy Koch

Loretta Koch

Charles & Shawnee Lux

Kim Leveque

David & Jule Rogers Family

Sister Dolores Vincent

Bauer, Formation Direc-

tor, studied at St. Johns

University, Collegeville,

Minn. this fall.

Diane Thompson

Time Lines Time Tours

Jeffrey & Mary Totaro

John & Quenna Tran

Son & Gloria Tran

Trinity Junior High School

Robert & Debbie Turner

Alfred Twenter

Julie Udouj

Paul Udouj

Danny Uerling

Albert & Mary Ulmer

Dale Vance

Rosann Vaughn

Burl & Gertrude Vaught

Leon & Mary Lou Veitenheimer

Sal & Laura Vilardo

James & Eugenia Villegas

Buddy & Theresa Vogler

Bernard & Tina Von Hatten

Jo Ann Vonder Heide

Gregory & Rebecca Vorster

Joe & Martha Vorster

Craig & Rita Vrabel

Vincent & Cecilia Wagnon

Frances Wahl

Ann Walker

Lou Anne Walker

Frances Walter

Fred & Jean Walter

John & Mary Walter

Richard & Shari Walter

Sherry Ward

Virginia Warden

Pat & Vicki Wardlaw


Charles & Nancy Warren

Velma Warren

Joe & Lynn Wasson

Mike & Laurie Wegman

Charles & Mary Ann


Charlotte Weisenfels

Mike & Carmelita Weisenfels

Welcome Neighbor Tour

Jimmy & Cindy Welliver

D.H. & Marsha Wells

Joyce Wells

Edward & Sally Welters

Jennifer Wene

Evangeline Werner

Christine Wewer

Deborah Wewers

Joe Wewers

Lawrence & Louise Wewers

Lenea Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler

Pat & Christine Wheeler

John & Madeline Whitney

Al & Linda Wiederkehr

Lou Wiederkehr

Ann Wiggins

Dean Wilhelm

Douglas & Alice Wilhelm

Mary Wilhelm

Matthew Williams

W.J. & Mary Lou Willmann

Michael & Erika Wimberly

Lizbeth Winford

Edward Winkelmann

Robert & Penny Winsett

Rita Woetovech

Greg & Katy Wolf

Helen Wolf

Joia Wolfe

Josephine Wood

Father Paul Worm

Judy Wright

Marilyn Yocum

Walker & Madonna Young

Dolores Zajac

Mary Zimmer

Mildred Zinser

Floyd & Nancy Zornes


Edward Adams

Dick & Jane Brummel

Lucy Adams

Jon & Patricia Adams

Gail Albracht

Sam & Margie Albracht

All my teachers

Tommy Reinhart

Donald Baltz

Anna Baltz

James Sutton

Sister Eleanora Fritchie

Ralph & Rebecca Terwelp

Margaret Koch Fritsche

Children of George & Margie


Gottsponer & Kaufman


Leo & Beth Kaufman

Wilburn & Elizabeth Hoover

Charles & Cecilia Horn

Sister Gertrude Grabber

Ann Horne

Clarence Bertrand

Shirley Graham

Joan Stavig

Mary Harvey

Father Warren Harvey

Marie Highter

Leo & Beth Kaufman

Sister Norbert Hoelting

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Sam & Margie Albracht

Wendell & Karen Albracht

Leo & Barbara Anhalt

Ormalene Artho

Don & Mary Louise Baier

Larry & Mary Lynn Baker

Kaye Bernard

Marilyn Birkenfeld

Frank & Theresa Blair

Norma Burton

Janie Calvert

Catholic Womens Union, AR

Columbus & Phyllis Dalmut

Dominic & Dorothy Doherty

Sarah Doherty

Benita Essler

Dolores Etzkorn (dec.)

Marcus & Berniece Evers

Carleen Falleur

Linda Fiddler

Barbara Friga

Adrian & Anna Furstenberg

Carrie Patsy Garms

Bernice Grabber-Tintes

Linda Graham

Dan & Alice Hadwin

Antonette Hall

Patricia Harder

Don & Jane Harrison

Margaret Hart

Clem & Delores Hartman

Helen Henry

Bill & Agnes Hess

Cecil & Norita Hoelting

Christina Hoelting (dec.)

Clyde & Bea Hoelting

Denis Hoelting

David & Sarah Hotzel

Bobby & Holly Hudspeth

Raymond & Kimberly


Mary Jiles

Donna Johnson

Thomas & Carmelita Karacic

Gilbert & Doris Koch

William & Mary Koenigseder

Walter & Betty Lu Kreutzer

Jane Krone

Alphonse Kuehler

Jerry & Judy Lange

Barbara Langlois

Gerald & Rosella Lasater

Clare Laune

Janelle Lazzo

John & Jane Leding

Rosemary Lelemsis

Bill & Nancy Lensing

Carolyn Lensing

Charles & Agatha Lensing

Rosemary Liddicoatt

Jack & Patricia Lucy

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Mary Maestri

James & Angela Malik

Jana Martin

Tim & Dottie Massanelli

Emma Mayes (dec.)

Betty McCaffrey

Ann McElmurry

Catherine McVay

Marie Mentrup

Fred & Maryanne Meyerriecks

Dorothy Miller

James & Laura Moore

Felix & Monica Mote

Don & Delores Neumeier

Our Lady of Peace

Monastery, Columbia, MO

Kay Pope

Matthew & Betty Post

Ed & Leola Ramaekers

R.M. & Joyce Ratcliff

Anton & Rosemary Reith

Virginia Ricketts

Vonda Rooks

Laurine Ruleau

Repairing the water damage and repainting the

Chapel is expected to take several weeks.

James Klinefelter

Madonna Komp

James & Linda Hall

Dorothy Kenzel

Mildred Komp


Sister Teresina Lazzari

Barbara Lazzari

Sister Charlene Lindeman

Leonard Nahlen

Mr. & Mrs. Leland Longley

Mary Longley

Sister Antonia Lutz


Oliver & Claudia McVay &

Herman & Agatha Neihouse

Catherine McVay

Rosemary Sharum Meyers

Rosemary Rader

Sister Dismas Mixon

Charles & Nancy Warren

Dorothy Molumby

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Mary Magdalene Koch


William Naegle

Julia Oswald

James Oswald

Sister Adelma Pabst

Catholic Womens Union, AR

Dolores Etzkorn (dec.)


Mary Lou Sanders

Edwin Schacher

Mary Lou Schmucker

Darlene Schulte

Kenny & Cince Schulte

Ed & Lona Seiter

Gayle Smith

Billy & Emily Soller

Linda Spradlin

Dorothy Sullivan

Joseph & Joyce Taylor

Jonnita Terbieten

Betty Tucker

Catherine Upchurch

Burl & Gertrude Vaught

Lou Anne Walker

David & Dorothea


Lawrence & Mildred Wewers

Rebecca Wiederkehr & Lee


Douglas & Alice Wilhelm

Mr. & Mrs. Wilhelm

Mildred Zinser

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Huber &

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Schouweiler

Gene & Louise Huber

Bill Insull

Kay Insull

Sister Jerome Jacobs

Barbara Wilson

Alan Joyce

Margie Joyce

Barbara Jumper

Paul & Lynne Von Kanel

Nora Ellen Klinefelter

Elsie Hoelting

Floyd & Jo Ellen Hoelting

Jim & Sondee Hoelting

Keith Hoelting

Leona Hoelting

N.A. & Mary Hoelting

Ronnie Hoelting

Tom & Raelene Hoelting

Judy Hoelzeman & Al


Therese Hoelzeman

Gloria Standifird

La Ressa Stell

Bergup Sisters

Gilda Macksam

Sister Frances Anne Braddock

Larry & Rose Thummel

Sister Gabriel Brandt

Jane Brummel

Hilda Hoyt

Lothar & Eldeen Karl

William & Margaret Parks

Sister Patrick Cingolani

Leo & Margaret Olberts

Buddy & Theresa Vogler

Helen Wren

Sister Madeline Clifton

Sister Maria DeAngeli

Dorothy Sullivan

Sister Marie Rose DeSalvo

Thomas & Ida DeSalvo

Sisters Hilary Decker &

Rachel Dietz

Joyce Taylor

Father Hilary Filiatreau,OSB

John & Anna Marie Meyers

Sister Elise Forst

John & Theresa Hall

Kim Leveque

Susan Gabbard

Bill Murray

Sister Norbert Hoelting (dec.)

La Ressa Stell

Sister deChantal Hyland

Kenneth & Michaella Koldys

Sister Agatha Knittig


Sister Cordelia Lange

Jerry & Judy Lange

Sister Andrea Loran

Kenneth & Stella Blaschke

Ray & Rita Mooney

Sister Vivian Luyet

Dennis & Bea Lock

Patricia Willems

Donald &Mildred Zaloudek

Sister Therese Moreno

Sal & Laura Vilardo

Sisters at Noon Praise in the Community Room

Chapel while Chapel is being repaired.

Mary Ann Harrington

Thelma Kraus

John & Jane Leding

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Fred & Maryanne Meyerriecks

Earl & Vickie Pabst

Merley & Judy Staus

Raymond Stoecklein

Don & Jeanette Utlaut

Sister Teresa Pachlhofer

Mary Reidle

Rob Ricketts

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Gary & Margaret Roberts &

Sister Helen Schneider

John Roberts

Sister Clarine Rockenhaus

Iyahnula Barbour

Fritz & Rose Ruesewald

Pamela Litton

Sister Frederick Rufener

Lois Pacello

Sister Rosemary Rufener

Dorothy Martinous

Lois Pacello

Sister Maurine Schmucker

& teachers in Stuttgart

Tommy Reinhart

Roy Sessions

Noel & Laurie Sagullo

Sister Annene


Charlotte Siebenmorgen


Sister Leonella Spanke

Rose Anna Spanke

Joan Stone

Harry & Mary Beshoner

Hermina Udouj

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Baker

Harold & Nancy Boerner

William & Lucy Buergler

LaVerne Elsken

Jimmie & Linda Lincks

Joe & Elizabeth Plunkett

Kathy Schluterman

Stephen & Linda Selig

Leslie Smith

Janet Udouj & Neal Beaton

Jim & Linda Udouj

Mary Sue Whitelaw

Medelise Vache

James Lazzari

Sister Irene Verkamp

Mike & Donna Stec Family

Sister Scholastica Vogelpohl

Margie Joyce

Helen Wren

Peter Vorster

Cindy Devine

Josephine Enzenberger

Sam Forst

Celeste Fox

Harry Fox

Adrian & Anna Furstenberg

Mary Ellen Furstenberg

Bentley & Debbie Henderson

Henry & Marilyn Hicks

Janice Hughes

Jim & Ethel Hughes

Frank & Jo Nell Janecek

Lucille King

David & Rosemary Kraft

Bridget Nelson

Betty Rotert

Chris & Beverly Shively

Betty Tucker

Tom Van Henderson

Patsy Vaughn

Donna Vorster

Frank & Elizabeth Vorster

Joseph & Martha Vorster

Michael & Diane Watson

Michael Willems

Patricia Wagner

Bill & Margaret Parks

Sister Elaine Walbe

Jim & Patti Adams

Sister Columba Walter

Lillian Stensland

Josephine Werner

Frances Byrd

Sister Benita Wewers

Iyahnula Barbour

Cher Horwedel

Sister Mary Ruth Wewers

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Sister Josepha Wilhelm

Mary Ann Halcisak

Sister Maurus Witt

Rita Cook

Dave & Diana Tetreault

Sisters Callista & Florence


David & Margaret Crawford

Sister Francisca Ziegel

Dwight & Suzanne Cramer


All St. Boniface Sisters

Henry & Ramona Harder

All the Sisters

Tom Shircliff

Ray Baker

Antoinette Beland

Dot Hosford

Sister Consuella Bauer

Linda Fiddler

Phillip Moore

St. Scholastica Alumnae

Josephine Mundo

Dick & Kathy Fuhrman

Sisters Josita Nahlen &

Elizabeth Rossi


Albert & Patricia Buford

Gene & Inez Ciechanowski

Father Ernest Hardesty

Charles & Nancy Warren

Sister Cabrini Schmitz

Agnes Carson

Therese Hoelzeman

James & Laura Moore

Patricia Shaw

La Ressa Stell

Sherry Ward

Nancy Winters

Mike Stec

Mike & Donna Stec Family

Clarine Terwey

Julie Eckart

Janie Price

Cackie Upchurch

John & Theresa Hall

Sister Pierre Vorster

Ann Cooper

Tom Shircliff

Sandra Wagner

Dr. Robert & Jo Ann Kale

Sister Marian Walbe

Josephine Basgall

Columbus & Phyllis Dalmut

Henry & Ramona Harder

Sister Richard Walter

Mary Ann Cross

Hilda Hoyt

William & Margaret Parks

Lillian Stensland

John & Mary Walter

Nancy Walter

Josephine Wood

Ann Whalen

Agnelia Hinson

Sister Macrina Wiederkehr

Terry & Jill Frisbie

Sister Barbara Schroeder


John & Theresa Hall

Alice Isgrig

Mark Miles

Sister Regina Schroeder


Sister Jo Ann Senko

Donald & Mildred Zaloudek

Sister Hermana Siebenmorgen

Alice Isgrig

John & Theresa Hall

Mark Miles

Buddy & Theresa Vogler

Elizabeth Sparks

Sarah Hartz

Jerry Sparks

We have tried to include all benefactors in 2009. If your name was overlooked or improperly printed, please

accept our apologies and contact us to correct the error.

Development Office

St. Scholastica Monastery

P.O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913

Telephone: (479) 783-4147

E-mail: [email protected]rg

ANNUAL REPORT September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

Total Revenues, Gains & Other Support


Total Expenses & Losses



Net Change in Assets


Using $670,000 from our continuing care fund, the monastery was able to balance the operating

budget, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors. However, the value of our investment portfolio

decreased substantially due to the economic crisis.


Haymée Guiliani, a native of Mexico, to give us three Oblates with

international backgrounds.

Haymée, who teaches Spanish at Trinity Junior High School, has

been offering conversational Spanish classes to the sisters every Fri-

day afternoon after school. Eighteen sisters and a few friends of the

sisters are studying Spanish, and small groups of sisters can frequently

be found practicing their new language skills before class. Groups from

the monastery are getting to know the Hispanic community through at-

tending Hispanic Masses at area parishes and participating in their cul-

tural celebrations.

Ann McElmurry (R) and her conference roommate,

Mary Ann Latona, at the monastery at Monte Cassino

last October.

Oblate Ann McElmurry, an Arkansas native who lives in Little Rock, had the opportunity to

meet with 230 other Oblates from all over the world at the Second World Benedictine Congress in Rome,

Italy last October. The dream and vision of the congress, “The Religious Challenges of Today -- the Bene-

dictine Answer,” was carried out in daily liturgical prayer, conferences and group discussions. Each day, the

Oblates attended Mass, Lauds, Vespers and Compline, and each day priest-delegates from different coun-

tries celebrated the liturgies. Two additional prayer vigils -- one ecumenical and one interreligious -- were

held during the congress.

Although many presentations were led by Benedictine priests and sisters, delegates also attended a

panel discussion presided over by a Hindu nun, a Shiite Muslim scholar and a Buddhist monk who shared

insights on their forms of contemplative prayer. Group

discussions allowed participants to continue to process

the insights they had learned and apply them to their

lives. Pope Benedict XVI greeted the oblates at an au-

dience Oct. 4.

Ann was particularly inspired by the Vietnamese

Oblates who were unable to purchase the Rule of Bene-

dict or the Benedictine medal under communist rule.

They downloaded the Rule on computer and cast their

own molds of the medal.

The language differences seemed unimportant

as the Oblates prayed, studied, and toured Subiaco and

Monte Cassino together. “We shared many ‘Pentecost’

moments,” Ann said during her presentation at the Oc-

tober Oblate meeting.

To better serve our Oblates, whether they live

locally or a distance away, we would like to establish an

Oblate Board. The Board will give input on future pro-

grams and outside activities the Oblates can participate

in as a group, as well as share ideas about how we can

best reach Oblates who live far from the monastery or

who are homebound. Call Sister Magdalen if you would

like to volunteer to serve on the Board.

Our upcoming Oblate meetings will follow the

9:30 Sunday Mass on March 21, April 18, and May 16.

Be sure to check our website,, for daily

Mass readings and monastery news.




O Loving God, I ask your blessing this day

on all the Oblates of St. Benedict, and those

with whom we are affiliated. Help us to become

people of prayer and peace. Though scat-

tered for and wide, help us to be together in

the spirit of your love. Give us hearts wide

enough to embrace each other as well as

those whose lives we touch. Enable us to

listen and to learn from each other and those

around us each day. May we be models in our

homes, neighborhoods, and communities

of wise stewardship, dignified human labor,

sacred leisure, and reverence for all living

things. Above all, O God, may our presence

among others be a constant witness of justice,

compassion, and hope to all. AMEN.

- Adapted from AIM Prayer by a Duluth , Minnesota Oblate


This fall, the Oblate program took on an international

flavor as Sister Magdalen welcomed our two English volunteers, Jean

Daly and Marie Gordon, to the Oblate Program. Marie and Jean join

Hope What Isnt YET

"Hope is always about what isn't," I say. And then, weaving its way through my accusations, silently and

gently squeezing in, just in time, “YET” falls from Heaven and slips into place.

“This word finds its way through a small space between our tightly clasped hands. It adds itself, com-

pleting and changing the meaning, filling our hearts with truth, and overflowing them with hope. In that

instant I say and know the truth: Hope is not about what isn't. Hope is always about what isn't yet.”

- Dierdra D. Riggs

I love this quote from Deidra D. Riggs. As

I read her words it describes for me just where

we are with vocation ministry. The heart of vo-

cation ministry is an everyday hope for what

isn’t yet. The reality of a religious calling may

seem as distant and remote as ever, and it may

seem as if the numbers of those seeking a pos-

sible vocation as a religious is still at what many

call a crisis stage, but for me and my sisters, it

is more than that—it’s about what isn’t yet. As

one who envisions religious life with eager pas-

sion there are glimmers of hope all around us--

those who connect with the sisters of St. Scho-

lastica on a variety of levels. Many come to us

seeking respite, spiritual guidance, prayer and

a connection with God that sometimes ordinary

everyday life cannot provide. This holds true

for the women who come to our monastic doors

seeking the God who calls. Those who come to

visit us carry with them the Hope for what Isn’t

Yet but may very well be one day. For those

who are still searching we invite you to come

and see what our life is like and if God is bless-

ing you with hope in our way of life. Please

meet some of the women who have attended our Come and See experiences in recent months. These

and many other vocation inquirers give us hope. Let’s keep hope as a truth, a trust and a friend for all


- Sister Kimberly Rose Prohaska, OSB, Vocation Director of St. Scholastica Monastery

Consider Your Call

St. Scholastica Monastery Monastic Experience

July 8-12, 2010

This retreat weekend is open to young Catholic women between the ages of 18-45 who want to learn about Benedictine life. There will be times

for prayer, ministry, getting to know the Sisters and participating in monastic life. For more information, contact our Vocation Director:

Sister Kimberly Rose Prohaska, OSB

St. Scholastica Monastery

P.O. Box 3489

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913

(479) 783-4147

[email protected]g






February 19-21 Thomas Merton on Lent

Feb. 27-Mar. 6

Take Home Retreat

Mar. 19-21

Heart of the Hunter

April 1-4

Triduum Retreat

Apr. 15-May 10 Calligraphy Classes

AM: Italic Calligraphy

PM: Uncial Calligraphy

Apr. 30-May 2

Centering Prayer

June 12

Prologue of St. Benedict

For more information, call (479) 783-1135,

e-mail retreat[email protected] or visit


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On October 8-13, Sisters Kimberly Prohaska

and Alice O’Brien attended the National Benedictine

Vocation Directors Conference in Collegeville, Min-


Sister Maria DeAngeli attended the Resource

Center for Religious Institutes Conference in Atlanta,

Georgia October 20-23.

Sister Maria DeAngeli made her annual visit

to St. Benedict Monastery, Canyon, Texas, where two

of our sisters are working to found an independent

Benedictine monastery.

Sister Rachel Dietz attended additional train-

ing for the Spiritual Director Formation Program at

Red Plains Monastery, Piedmont, Oklahoma Novem-

ber 20-21.

St. Scholastica Retreat Center held a very

well-attended Silent Directed Retreat, based on the

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, January 7-11. 40

people made the retreat and 10 spiritual directors--

priests, laypeople, and sisters--assisted.

On January 28-February 3, Sister Maria DeAn-

geli attended the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana.


Justpeace is continuing its monthly witness at

the southeastern corner of Creekmore Park on the first

Sunday of each month from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to pray

for diplomatic solutions in the war-torn countries of Af-

ghanistan, Iraq, and the Holy Land.

Our monthly film and lecture series continues

on the second Monday of each month, 7 p.m. in the

monastery chapter room. On February 8 we will show

Posada, portraying the struggles of three young men

who, as teenagers, left their homes in Central America

and were detained for months by U.S. immigration of-

ficials. They compare their struggles to Las Posadas,

the Mexican retelling of the Christmas story of Joseph

and Mary’s search for shelter. We will also show films

on March 8, April 12, and May 10.

On January 11 we were honored to host Clima-

tologist Robert McAfee who brought the “Repower Ar-

kansas Road Show” to an enthusiastic group of sisters

and community members.

The sisters have been attending Hispanic Mass-

es at local churches and were guests at the Posada in

St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Waldron.

We are grateful to everyone who helped the

sisters sponsor a young student at Subiaco Academy

whose scholarship, although generous, is not enough to

cover his educational expenses. We still need to raise

$1,000 more for the current academic year. If you would

like to help this worthy student, please contact Sister

Maria De Angeli.