Vol. 41, No. 1


March, 2012

Advisory Boards:

Helping the Sisters

Accomplish Their Mission

Financial Advisory Board Members: (Standing L to R) Carol Geels, CFO Ravi

Thiagarajan, Bob Meyers, and Leo Anhalt. (Seated L to R) Sisters Audrey Becker,

Maria DeAngeli, Kimberly Prohaska, Anne Michele Raley, and Elise Forst.

Since 1980, when they first convened the Continuing Care Fund Board (now called the Financial Advisory Board), the

sisters have been blessed with volunteers using their talents and expertise to assist them in their ministry. Vocation Advisory

Board members work to increase outreach and visibility to young women discerning vocations. Development Advisory Board

members help the sisters invite those who care about the monastery to join in what they are about and to be a part of their fu-

ture. The Financial Advisory Board advises the sisters on investments and use of the continuing care fund, the annual budget,

and major maintenance projects. The Retreat Center Advisory Board is temporarily suspended while the retreat center office is

reorganizing under the directorship of Kathy Schmelzer, Center Director, and Sisters Madeline Bariola, Rachel Dietz, and Macrina

Wiederkehr. In its seven years of service, the board has helped plan retreat programs and schedules, design the center data-

base, and coordinate volunteer groups. Retreat Center Advisory Board members and Friends of the Center have helped build

the labyrinth and raise money through garage sales and special programs. Most Board members serve for three-year terms.

“The best part about the Vocation Advisory board is that it forces the sisters to always keep setting future goals,”

Paul Udouj, a Vocation Advisory Board member, said. “In order to recruit a new member of the community the first step we

undertook was asking the question ‘Who are we?’ and ‘What do we have to offer?’ For example, after looking at St. Scho-

lastica’s history we came up with a pioneering theme. We used this theme based on the past to move our marketing on to

the web and break ground in new arenas. I believe working for the sisters has been a wonderful experience as God’s plan

mixes with new technology.”

Carol Geels, a ‘Scho girl, feels blessed to be on the Financial Advisory Board. “It is a way to stay in touch with this

lovely group of friends, and possibly be of some help to the Community,” she said. “The numbers here at the Monastery may

have dwindled, but the numbers in Heaven are growing – I hope to see them again.”

St. Scholastica Monastery Appreciates its Lay Advisory Board Members

Vocation Advisory Board:

Paul Udouj

Jennifer Verkamp

Kaye Bernard

Janet Fuller

Amanda Moore

Peggy Brandebura

Dorothy Sullivan

Deacon John and Mary Burns

Brother Francis Kirchner

Gloria Trinidad

Retreat Center Advisory Board

(temporarily suspended while the

Center office is being reorganized)

Kathryn Birkhead

John King

Carol Mulhall

Karin Hahn

Linda McDonough

Delores Neumeier

Dorothy Sullivan

Kay Pope

Financial Advisory Board:

Carol Geels

Leo Anhalt

Bob Meyers

Development Advisory Board:

Debbie Bentley

Tami Danielak

Kaye Bernard

Tom and Dorothy Caldarera

Paul and Theresa Cronan

Becky Meyers

Sandra Renfrow

A Message From the Prioress

Dear Friends of St. Scholastica,

What would happen if we all chose to begin and continue our Lenten Season with ‘enthusi-

asm’? In the introduction of his book The Cry of the Deer, David Adams gives us his definition

of enthusiasm as coming from the Greek words “in God” in the telling of St. Patrick’s enthu-

siasm as he saw the presence of God in the universe, in personalities, in work, in the day, in

the hour, and in the Word. As we begin our Lent we enter into a deeper awareness of the love

of Jesus for us.

Why begin greeting you in this fashion? We have just begun the New Year of 2012 which has

brought us into the first few weeks of Lent. Saint Benedict says in chapter 49 of the Rule a monks

life should be a continuous Lent. Thinking about those words I began to wonder what a continuous Lent would be in our

lives today. I would think he is calling us to a continuous awareness of Gods presence in our daily lives.

To live in an awareness⁄presence of God in a busy and noisy world is a challenge and takes practice.

Brother Lawrence says in his little book, Practicing the Presence of God:

“to practice the presence of God is to apply one’s spirit to God;

it is the vivid recollection that God is present with us.”

He tells us that we can accomplish this practice of PRESENCE through imagination or by understanding.

Perhaps with the enthusiasm of Saints Patrick, Benedict and Brother Lawrence the practice of presence⁄

awareness of God can be the focus for our Lenten journey that will bring all to the beautiful celebration of Easter.

Our journey with REALM continues as we plan for our future. It is comforting to know as we continue to

move into the future our sister monasteries are taking the same journey. It is truly a walk in faith as we move for-

ward with hope and confidence that what we have begun will come to fruition as we listen to and follow the guid-

ance of the Holy Spirit.

To all, our friends, benefactors, oblates, and alumnae, who have been so supportive of us here at St.

Scholastica Monastery we, the sisters, send each of you our love and gratitude. You are remembered each day

in our community prayer and Eucharist. So, as we join together in this Lenten Season may we come to the joyous

Paschal Season with the renewed presence and awareness that God is always present in our midst.

Let us remember that HOPE IS THE POWER BEHIND LOVE.


Our spring oblate meetings will be held on Sunday, March 18; Sunday, April 15; and Sunday, May 20. We

attend 9:30 Mass as a group and enjoy a presentation, fellowship, and light refreshments following Mass. Our out-

of-town oblates are always in our hearts. Several oblates who live far from Fort Smith drive to St. Scholastica on

Saturday afternoon, stay overnight at the Center, and head home after the meeting. They sometimes watch DVDs

in the lounge and pop microwave popcorn in the kitchenette. Its a great opportunity to socialize with other oblates

or, if you choose, to enjoy a mini-retreat weekend. To make arrangements for an overnight visit to St. Scholastica,

call the Center at (479) 783-1135.

At our January meeting, Reverend Rebecca Spooner, a Presbyterian minister who directs a counseling

program for clergy, their families, and laypeople involved in church ministry, discussed her call to Benedictine

spirituality and the oblate program. Because Benedictine monasticism predates the Reformation, several religious

expressions continue to practice Benedictine spirituality. There are Anglican Benedictines and ecumenical Bene-

dictine communities where religious and laity live out monastic life together. Rev. Spooner’s talk helped all the

oblates to come to a deeper appreication of the universal appeal of Benedictine spirituality.

Vol. 41, No. 1


March, 2012

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

Additional photos: Sister Alice O’Brien, OSB, Darrel Larson



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 2011

Dwayne & Anne Acker

Herman & Bernice

Fr. Raymond Bruck

Gary & Ann Cooper

Richard Acosta


Jim & Ann Bruning

Bob & Bette Cowie

Arlene Makita Acuña

Mike & Pam Berkemeyer

Nora Bryant

Abbie Cox

Al & Isabel Adams

Kaye Bernard

Jared & Emily Bryson

Jeanne Coyne

Hubert & Rose Marie Adams

Jerry & Alice Beshoner

Bill & Lucy Buergler

Nancy Credeur

Mary Adams

Bird & Bear

Joe & Connie Bulmanski

Bill & Vicki Crittenden

Stephen Adams

Darryl Birkenfeld & Joann

Julie Burleson

Paul & Theresa Cronan

Joe & Margaret Aguzzi


John & Mary Burns

William & Marge Crosby

Alison Ahlert

Marilyn Birkenfeld

Richard & Martha Buschjost

Richard & Madonna Crosland

Jim & Sandra Ahlert

Kathryn Birkhead

Mike Bushkuhl

Mark & Cindy Cross

Mary Ahlert

Gene Blackwell

Raymond & Patricia Buss

Mary Ann Cross

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Terry Blalock

Charlotte Cadell

Lewis & Laura Crow

Ronald & Judith Ahlhorn

Charles & Frankie Blaschke

Joe Caldarera

Jerry & Joan Crumly

Rocco & Carol Alagna

Kenneth & Stella Blaschke

Tom & Dorothy Caldarera

Elijah & Rita Cunningham

Joselle Albracht

John Blasczyk

Carmen Caldwell

William & Donna Curry

Alford’s House of Carpets

J.O. & Gloria Blaty

Kay Calzone

Gene & Janette Dahlem

Kate Althoff

Kathleen Blessing

Joe & Anne Marie Candido

Ron & Tami Danielak

Charles & Ann Andrus

Brenda Davis

Leo & Barbara Anhalt

Nancy Davis

Anonymous (49)

Joan Day

Titus & Diane Ashour Family

Randy DeCanter

Tom & Maria Ashour

Frank & Kay DeLorenzo

Mary Ashworth

Becky Del Rio

Alicia Austin

DeSalvo Family

Margaret Babitzke

Michael & Genevieve

Marty & Christy Backy


Mary Louise Baier

Thomas & Ida DeSalvo

Sr. Roberta Bailey

Margaret Deuster

Mildred Baillio

Cindy Devine & Daniel

Larry & Mary Lynn Baker


Anna Baltz

Rocio Diaz

John & Jean Banchetti

Larry & Bonnie Diefendorf

Delores Barber

Amy Dietz

Bill & Mary Ann Barborek

Keith & Lisa Dietz

Floyd & Carole Barger

Leo & Sally Dilger

Juander Bariola

Disciples of Christ,Amarillo TX

Lawrence Bariola Estate

Malcolm & Lois Bliss

Catherine Cannatella

Alisa Dixon

Nick Bariola

Gerald (dec.) & Rita Bock

Jim & Sheila Canup

Danielle Dixon

Tom & Mary Barkhouse

Jim & Dorothy Bock

Sam & Laurie Carman

John & Patricia Dolan

Dr. Phillip Barling

Judy Bock & Glenn Brinley

Carolyn Carmouche

Dominican Sisters, Mountain

Katherine Barnhart-Thrift

Maurice Bock

Agnes Carson

Home AR

Peggy Barr

Kanyin Bodeharrison

Paul & Magdalen Cesare

Kruger & Arleen Donelson

Sarah Barrett

Bill & Theresa Boekholder

John & Pamela Challinor

Leo & Barbara Drolshagen

Ted & Carolyn Bartsch

Linda Boen

Clyde & Betty Chaney

Jack & Carolyn Duclos

Josephine Basgall

Lawrence & Shirley Boente

Ann Childs

Daniel & Patricia Duerr

Dr. Norma Basinger

Christ the King Church, Fort

Robert & Helen Dumboski

Harrell & Vivian Bates

Gracie Bolling


Delma Dunn

Robert Baugh

Fred & Cindy Borchert

Norbert Clifton

Mel & Nancy Dupire

Harold & Sharon Beck

Tony & Elizabeth Borgognoni

Deborah Coddington

Davis & Barbara Duty

Marie C. Beck

Bill & Mary Bourne

Nick Cole

Paul & Pat Duvall

Dr. Brad Becker

Dr. Lori Boyd

Coleman Pharmacy

Mary Ealum

Dennis & Sandra Beebe

John & Peggy Brandebura

Community Service

Milt Earnhart

Antoinette Beland

Earl Brandt Estate


Gayle Easter

Mary Lou Bennett

Laura Brewers

Frances Connaughton

Don & Crystal Eastman

Debbie Bentley

David & Beth Brooks

John & Mildred Connell

Eastside Womens Health

Anthony Benz

Margaret Brown

Peter Paul Cooney

Greg & Betty Eckart

Bernice Bergup

Suzanne Brown

Cooper Clinic

Leo Eckart (dec.)


Mary Goerke

Del & Camille Heffley

Chester & Vivian Jones

Gay Gomez

Gary & Donna Herron

Dr. Greg & Marta Jones

Mark Goodson

Dr. James Hiatt

Jay Jones

Marie Gordon

Pete & Joy Hibbard

Walter Jost & Ellie Brenny

Michael & Debra Gosnell

Elizabeth Hierholzer

Dr. Conrad Kaelin

Louis & Mary Gottsponer

William & Sue Higgs

James & Geraldine Kaelin

Patricia Grabber

Terrance Hill

Kenneth Kaelin

Bernice Grabber-Tintes

Robert & Dayna Hilton

Robert & Jo Ann Kale

John Grace

Agnelia Hinson

Geraldine Kampeter

Adolph Gramlich

Mike & Mary Ann Hite

Jo Kastner

Nicholas & Joanie Gramlich

Mark & Delphine Hittson

Louise Kaufman

Sharon Grant

Bill & Catherine Hochstein

Kathleen Keller

Julius & Else Greb

Denis & Judy Hoelting

Janice Kelley

James & Evelyn Green

Leona Hoelting

Graham & Dorothy Kent

Joey & Mary Ellen Greenway

Judy Hoelzeman

Dr. Mohsen Keyashian

Rose Ann Kiene

James & Carolyn Killerlain

John King

Br. Francis Kirchner, OSB

Bill Kirk

Sarah Kirsop

Hilda Kleck Estate

Bethany Knight

Knights of Columbus,Altus AR

Knights of Columbus,

Charleston AR

Knights of Columbus,

Russellville AR

Knights of Columbus,

Scranton AR

Charles & Mary Alice Knittig

Ed & Annette Knittig

Joseph Knittig

Louis Knittig

Dr. Ronald Knobloch

Dr. Robert & Elizabeth Knox

Carol Griesemer

Theresa Hoelzeman

Christina Koch

Jim & Bonnie Grimmius

Mary Louise Hoffman

Dennis Koch

Joseph & Christine Gubanski

Paul Hoffman

Kenneth & Michaella Koldys

Judy Guedon

Holy Family Church,

Msgr. John Kordsmeier

Karen Guiney

Nazareth TX

Julia Kovac

Fred & Sandi Gumm

Charles & Jean Holman

Jerome & Margie Kramer

Joseph & Marilyn Gunther

Jim & Mary Jan Hoobler

Alphonse Kuehler

Conner & Angela Gusky

Dorothy Hosford

Jo Ann Kyral &Joseph Meyers

John & Patricia Habberstad

David & Sarah Hotzel

Linda Laine

Dan & Alice Hadwin

Harold Howell

Dick & Jo Ann Lambert

Richard & Karin Hahn

Michael & Deborah Hoyt

Msgr. Donald Lammers

Elaine Hall

Cindy Hug

Charla Lane

Sandra Hall

Kitty Hug

Douglas Lange

Therese Hamil

Ann Hunt

Jerry & Judy Lange

Charles & Theresa Hamling

Elizabeth Hunt

Curtis & Kay Lassiter

Darlene Hammer

Judith Hurt

Judy Lawrence

Sheryl Hampton

Julie Hynes

Amanda Lay

Herman & Elena Hanggi

Susan Hynes

Steve Lease

Janella Harbison

Harold Irlbeck

Sr. Antonia Leber, OP

Richard & Joe Ann Hargraves

Alice Isgrig

John & Jane Leding

Don & Niki Harrison

Fr. Pius Iwu

Paul & Jo Ann Lehnen

Margaret Hart

Bob & Frances Jacimore

Bob & Rosetta Lensing

Patricia Hart

Kathy Jarvis

Junior & Carolyn Lensing

Fr. T.J. Hart

Dr. Holly Jennings

Betty Lesczynski

Clem(dec.)& Delores Hartman

Dr. George Johnson

Dr. Luke Lewis

Lucy Hartmeier

Joe & Jeanette Johnson

Michelle Lewis

Jerry & Jude Hassler

Ruthie Johnson

Geraldine Lindemann

Charmaine Haunert

James & Anne Marie

Robert & Becky Lindemann

Maggie & Beth Hawley


Rita Lipin

James & Helen Hays

Rebecca Johnston

Larry & Jan Lipsmeyer

HealthSouth Rehab Hospital

Chester & Susan Jones

Benny & Kay Little

Louise Eckart

Mary Edelhuber

Mary Eggen

Charles & Ramona Ehemann

Beverly Elam

Ed & Mary Elkins

LaVerne Elsken

Mark Elsken

Michael & Joanne Elsken

Fr. Joseph Enderlin (dec.)

Josephine Enzenberger

John Ermann

Jean Etoch

Betty Etzkorn

James & Karen Ewan

Eye Group

Eyleen Farmer

Michael & Laura Farrell

Dr. Kay Feild

Fentress Mortuary

Judy Fergeson

Audrey Ferguson

Rita Ferguson

Gregory Fernicola

Susan Fiori

Barbara Fitts

John Fladung

Patrick Flake

Margaret Flanagan

Ruth Flanagan

Jeanette Flemister

Dr. Tony Flippin

Kelly Fogarty

Tom Fogarty

Donna & Dorothy Forst

Fred & Joy Forst

Louis & Marge Forst

Tom Forst

Fort Smith Surgical Supply

Agnes Forte

Kevin & Judy Forte

Rick & Sandra Foti

Lorene Fowler

Eddie & Mel Frail

Nancy Frail

Dr. Gene France

Sharon France

Beth Fritsch

Dick & Kathy Fuhrman

Janet Fuller

Adrian Furstenberg

Kathy Furstenberg

Mary Ellen Furstenberg

Teresa Gallaher

Susan Gamble

John & Dolores Gangluff

John Garner Meats, Inc.

John & Sandra Gass

Butch & Mary Ann Geels

Carol Geels

Harold & Josephine Geels

Gary & Betty George

Paul & Connie Gibson

Joe & Janet Gilker

Mark & Haymeé Giuliani

Charles Goebel

Fred & Ann Goebel


Eileen Scott

Patricia Seibold

Patrick Seibold

J.J. & Johnette Seiter

Louis & Janie Seiter

Nina Ruth Selig

Shirley Senko

Leo & Debbie Sharum

Patricia Shaw

James Shea

Anne Shields

Thomas & Sherry Shircliff

Jack Sidler

Benita Siebenmorgen

David & Brenda


Hilda Siebenmorgen

Richard & Paula


Gary & Kate Simmons

Ed & Rose Smetanka

Gayle Smith

Jerry & Margaret Smith

Kay Smith

Ralph & Cheryl Smith

Rob & Diana Smith

Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic


Mary Ann Soerries

Jane Sparkman

Beth Sparks

Jerry & Elizabeth Sparks

Lewis & Anne Sparks

Sparks Patient Financial


Dr. Thomas & Paulette Spivey

Louise Sponer

Rebecca Spooner

Buddy & Linda Spradlin

Curtis & Pam Spriggs

Diana Squibb

Linda Starling

Dr. Richard Staton

Merley & Judy Staus

Mike & Donna Stec

Dr. Eric Stein

Dolores Stemper

Evelyn Stengel

Michael & Jennifer Stevens

Rita Sticker

Susie Stokes

Alex & Sue Streett

Mary Stretesky

James & Julia Ann Stricherz

Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco

Dorothy Sullivan

Joseph & Joyce Taylor

Thomas & Mary Ann Taylor

Kathryn Teeple

Joey Tetreault

Virginia Thennes

Ravi & Anna Thiagarajan

Lawrence & Rose Thummel

Mike & Cindy Toney

Gloria Tran

John & Quenna Tran

Dr. Neill Treece


Dick & Sue Litzinger

Julie Meyerriecks

Imelda Reber

Jacqueline Lobb

Bob & Becky Meyers

Michael & Anne Reeder

Dennis & Bea Lock

Greg Meyers

Mary Reidle

Ernest & Dana Lock

John B. Meyers

Tommy Reinhart

Logan County Glass & Mirror

Barbara Michael

Tony & Rosemary Reith

Betsy Long

John & Mary Miller

Religious Sisters of Mercy,

Patty Jo Long

Jerome & Mary Minden

Fort Smith AR

Lisa LoPorto

Leo Modaff

Sandra Renfrow

Bob & Cathy Lorenz

Mariano & Cheryl Montagnino

Dan & Roberta Richardson

Patricia Lucy

Amanda Moore

Virginia Ricketts

Stephanie Mackey

James & Laura Moore

Buddy & Marilyn Riedmueller

David & Gilda Macksam

Jim & Pat Moore

John & Lillie Rife

Jeanne Madden

Warren & Arlyne Morey

Larry & Joyce Ringwald

Dr. Jack Magness

Ronnie & Regina Moyer

J.D. & Beth Roberts

Troy & Vicki Mahan

Carol Mulhall

Kristin Robertson

Virginia Mais

Claire Muller

Floyd & Sue Robison

James & Angela Malik

Dr. Richard Murphy

Isabel Rodriguez

Curtis & Vera Mann

Dr. Michael Muylaert

Orlan & Joan Roper

Markham Restaurant Supply

Andrew Nahlen

Cissy Rose

Barbara Martin

T.J. & Mary Ann Nahlen

Larry & Evelyn Rossi

Sarah Mason

Tony Nahlen

Kathy Royal

Mary Joyce Maus

National Family Pharmacy

Clara Jane Rubarth

Jane May

National Religious Retirement

Dwight & Ruth Ruelle

Jerry & Sharon Mazzanti


Laurine Ruleau (dec.)

Larry & Cindy McAlister

Mary Nelson

Madeline Rumker

Marie McCann

John & Phyllis Neubauer

Sacred Heart of Mary Church,

Richard & Bernice McCauley

Delores Neumeier


Cynthia McCord

Ted & Jo Ella Newbury

Sacred Heart of Mary

Robert & Linda McCormack

Hank & Marcia Nicko

Womens Society, Barling

Joan McCoy

Barbara Noonen

St. Edward Mercy Medical

Janet McCulloch

Marie Nunn


Linda McDonough

Lee & Sherry Nutt

St. Leo Altar Society, Hartford

Ann McElmurry

Max & Juanita Nutt

St. John Altar Society,

Patty McGann

Herman & Mary Oberkoetter


Rynette McGee

Tammy O’Brien

St. John Church, Russellville

Judy McGrath

Bob & Jennie O’Connor

St. Joseph Church, Paris

Barbara McGuyer

Terry Olsen

St. Mary Altar Society, St.

Sandra McKee

Jim & Penny Oswald


Mary McKeown

Fr. John Oswald

St. Paul Episcopal Church,

Fr. David McKillin, OSB

Msgr. Richard Oswald


Marjorie McLain

Paul Owensby

St. Scholastica Alumnae

Sandra McLaughlin

Linda Parks


David McMahon

William(dec.)&Margaret Parks

St. Vincent Morrilton

Betsy McNeil

Mary Peck

Mary Lou Sanders

Arturo & Raquel Meade

Ig & Brenda Pereira

Barbara Sax

Glen & Emily Mebruer

Elizabeth Peterson

John & Theresa Scherrey

MediSav Homecare

Quy & Mai Pham

Tony & Claudia Scherrey


Patricia Phillips

Leon & Martha Nell Schilling

Mercy Clinic Rehab

Henry & Charlotte Piazza

Gerald Schlabach

Brad & Brenda Meyer

Irma Pittroff

Kathy Schmelzer

Fred & Maryanne Meyerriecks

Antonia Plugge

Ambrose & Mary Schmitz

Shirley Plugge

Andy & Sue Schmitz

Rosemary Plunkett-Stith

Clete & Linda Schmitz

Kay Pope

Denis & Phyllis Schmitz

Dr. James & Patsy Post

Lawrence & Theresa Schmitz

Stephen & Linda Prescott

Leonard Schmitz (dec.)

Kyle & Jennifer Priest

Dan & Ethel Schmucker

Pro Med Cooper Clinic

Joseph & Inez Schmucki

Ruth Prochaska

Linda Schneider

Don & Janet Proctor

Vicki Schneider

Project Compassion

Lawrence & Lu Jane Schriver

Jane Purtle

Elmer Schroeder

Jane Quinn

Robert & Becky Schroeder

Laurie Raffel

Barbara Schuchart (dec.)

Kristy Ragan

Lisa Schulte

Weldon Ramey

David Schwartz Farm

Dr. Stephen Rappeport

Lucille Schwind

Helen Wren

Dorothy Wright

Jennifer Wright

Judy Wright

Jim & Julie Yandell

Walker (dec.)& Madonna Young

Donald Zaloudek

Frank & Gail Zanoff

Ed & Mary Zimmer

Otto & Patricia Zimmerman

Mildred Zinser

Floyd & Nancy Zornes

James & Delphine Zydzik


Barbara Adams

Judy Wright

Lawrence & Lucy Adams

Jon & Patricia Adams

C. Ray Baker, Jr.

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Donald Baltz

Anna Baltz

Tom Bannister

Scott & Stephanie Mazzanti

Sean & Jennifer Sammons

Jeremy Barlow

Maurice Bock

Sr. Consuella Bauer


Larry & Mary Lynn Baker

Patsy Baskin

Jane Baxter

Ben & Susan Berry

Billy & Vernell Bowen

Marilyn Boyd

Dick & Jane Brummel

Joe & Connie Bulmanski

Tom & Margaret Bulmanski

Raymond & Patricia Buss

Jane Calvert

Catholic Womens Union

Mary Cauldwell

Elizabeth Ann Corrigan

Robert & Bette Kay Cowie

Columbus & Phyllis Dalmut

Linda Fiddler

Mary Ann Geels

Mark Goodson

Bernice Grabber-Tintes

Marilyn Gunther

James (dec.) & Linda Hall

Charles & Theresa Hamling

Judy Hoelzeman & Al


Lee & Betty Hoover

Anne Horne

Cher Horwedel

Joe Don & Susie Koenigseder

William & Mary Rita


Cecilia Krallman (dec.)

Lorene Kremer

Sister Therese volunteers with

the Literacy Council and Habitat

for Humanity.

Donald & Marilyn Foster

Jack & Louanna Green

David & Joyce Laws

Mike & Donna Stec

Sr. Carmen Beshoner

Jerry & Alice Beshoner

Julie Eckart

Jane Price

Sr. Josella Birkenfeld

Gary, Deneil, & Katy Cockrell

Neil & Judy Harmon

Jerry & Julie Warren

Velma Warren

Earl Brandt

Margaret Parks

Sr. Lioba Bruck

Fr. Raymond Bruck

John Cardenas

John Dallas

Brian & Janie Koesy

James & Cynthia Wallace

Joyce Carpenter

Vonda Rooks

Sr. Josetta & Cesira

Zucconi Catalani

Rosemary Catalani

Dennis Chapman

Marie Chapman

Judy Cingolani

Billy Cingolani

Sr. Patrick Cingolani

Catholic Womens Union

Carol Meyer

Leo & Margaret Olberts

Donald & Janet Proctor

Buddy & Marilyn Riedmueller

James Shea

Mildred Farrell Cooper

Bill & Mary Cooper

William Cooper

Rosie Cortesi

Mary Faltus

Mike Crimmons

Maurice Bock

Josephine DeSalvo

Pauline Barker

Gerald & Rosella Lasater

John & Roselyn Layes

John & Jane Leding

Rosemary Lelemsis

Bill & Nancy Lensing

Carolyn Lensing

Charles & Agatha Lensing

Mary Longley

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Mary Maestri

George & Joan Mangelsdorf

John & Janis Mayes

Rozanne McCormick

Nancy McDowell

Judy McGrath

Catherine McVay

Marie Mentrup

Tony Nahlen

Kay Pope

Matthew & Betty Post

Patricia Presley

St. Scholastica Alumnae


Mildred Schluterman

Dan & Ethel Schmucker

Lawrence & Lu Jane Schriver

Ed & Lona Seiter

Janie Shelby

Benita Siebenmorgen

Gary & Kate Simmons

Joseph & Barbara Smith

Dorothy Sullivan

Joseph & Joyce Taylor

Betty Tucker

Robert & Patricia Wanslow

Charles & Mary Ann


Lawrence & Millie Wewers

Katherine Willette

Michael & Erika Wimberly

Donald & Bonnie Woeltje

Linus Bauer

Ronald & Judith Ahlhorn

Joe & Connie Bulmanski

George & Joan Mangelsdorf

Judy McGrath

Betty Becker

Charles & Jean Holman

John T. Beggs, Jr.

Rose Beggs

Philomena Belvedresi

Rosemary Reginelli

Robert & Penny Winsett

Mary Lillian Bering

Lou Anne Walker

Srs. Herman Joseph & Anita


Buddy & Marilyn Riedmueller

Frances Berry

Bill & Lucy Buergler

Mike & Mary Cogbill

William & Mary Cooper

Mike & June DeWitt

Don & Bettye Fields

Gloria Trinidad

Trinity Junior High School,

Fort Smith AR

Judy Turner

Alfred Twenter

Gloria Trinidad

Dr. John Udouj

Paul Udouj

Danny Uerling

Albert & Mary Ulmer

Mark Urban

Ann Valenti

Rosann Vaughn

Gertrude Vaught

Jennifer Verkamp

Lou & Carole Vitale

Buddy & Theresa Vogler

Debra Vorster

Frank & Betty Vorster

Gregory & Rebecca Vorster

Joseph & Martha Vorster

Frances Wahl

Fred & Jean Walter

John Walter

Nancy Walter

Richard & Shari Walter

Sherry Ward

James & Joanna Wardein

Virginia Warden

Pat & Vicki Wardlaw

Jerry & Julie Warren

Al & Kay Warzecha

Mike & Laurie Wegman

Bob & Ruth Wehrer

Charles & Mary Ann


Charlotte Weisenfels

Dorothy Weisenfels

Lona Weisenfels

Evangeline Werner

Western AR Anesthesia


Western AR Tennis Assoc.

Christine Wewer

Lawrence & Louise (dec.)


Joe Wewers

Lenea Wheeler

Patrick & Christine Wheeler

Lillian White

John & Madeline Whitney

Wiederkehr Family

Florence Wiederkehr

Patricia Wiederkehr

Ann Wiggins

William & Mary Lou Willmann

Daniel & Kelly Wilson

Michael & Erika Wimberly

Lizbeth Winford

Robert & Penny Winsett

Richard & Nancy Winters

Helen Wolf

Joia Wolfe

Dr. Michael Wolfe

Josephine Wood

Mona Wooten

Fr. Paul Worm


Gertrude Lawler

Eugene & Janette Dahlem

Mary Edelhuber

Mr. & Mrs. William A. Leding

Cecilia Sloat

Judy Llenhardt

Bob & Cathy Lorenz

Sr. Martha Loran

Ray & Rita Mooney

Sr. Antonia Lutz


Ann Lux

Barbara Fitts

Adrienne Gosnell

Sandra Hall

Gilbert & Doris Koch

Catherine McVay

Ed & Lona Seiter

Sr. Vivian Luyet

Cynthia Bates

Harrell & Vivian Bates

Rita Bellinghausen

Frank, Theresa, & Scott Blair

John & Peggy Brandebura

John & Mary Burns

Jennie Davis

Robert & Helen Dumboski

James & Helen Hays

Bobby & Carolyn Hopkins

Joyce Jones

William & Mary Koenigseder

John & Jane Leding

Rosemary Lelemsis

Carolyn Lensing

Dennis & Bea Lock

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Bob & Dorothy Pate

Geraldine Rambo

Tony & Rosemary Reith

Ed & Lona Seiter

J.D. & Margaret Shamburger

Robert & Theresa Tyler

Cackie Upchurch

Patricia Willems

Dolores Zajac

Sr. Concetta Mazzanti

Jack & Regina Howarth

Sharon Mellar

Maurice Bock

Ann Meyers

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Leo & Barbara Anhalt

Arkansas Bankers Assoc.

Beta Sigma Phi, Conway AR

Bridge Club, Conway AR

Harry & Rhonda Dunavant

Donna & Patricia Hart

Alvin & Betty Jo Lock

Maureen McCammond

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Nutter

Sharon Rogers

Gary & Patricia Tipley

Shirley Treadway

Trisha Wood

Catherine Dumboski

Robert Dumboski

Edward & Marie Eckart

Linda Starling

Sr. Simon Edelhuber

Katherine Guy-Pendleton

Marianne Ehemann

Genevieve Lemley

Sr. Mary Jane Fladung

Marge Quinn

Beuford & Ruby Fontenot

Kenneth & Cynthia Fontenot


Clara Forst


Harry John & Elizabeth Fox

Celeste Fox

Sr. Florentine Fredrick

Lawrence & Lu Schriver

Anna Furstenberg


James & Joan Busby

Doris Fritschie

Henry & Marilyn Hicks

James Hughes

Kenneth & Delilah Hughes

Michael & Susan Johnson

Carolyn Ketter

Peggy Konert

E.H. & Carolyn Lensing

Betty Tucker

J.C. & Patsy Vaughan

Joseph & Martha Vorster

Susan Gabbard

Michael & Renee Belote

William & Margaret Murray

Linda Spradlin

Sr. Fidelis Marie Garafalo

Luigi & Toni Bersani

Sr. Sabina Gillespie &

Gillespie Family

Charles & Ramona Ehemann

Sr. Gertrude Grabber

Alice Kuehler

Irene & Mary Gramlich

Adolph Gramlich

Sr. Winifred Griesemer

Gertrude Noll

Sr. Michaella Hanggi

Herman & Elena Hanggi

Jane Harrison

Betty Etzkorn

James & Laura Moore

Ashli Hittson

Mark & Delphine Hittson

Sr. Norbert Hoelting

Gary, Deneil, & Katy Cockrell

Neil & Judy Harmon

Denis & Judy Hoelting

Lucille Johnson

LaRessa Stell

Mary Ruth Hollowell

Richard & Joe Ann Hargraves

Maude Cain Howe

Jay & Mary Ann Hollowell

Rosemary Hurley

George & Carole Beattie

Sue Plattner

Jane Sanders

Betty Sternberg (dec.)

Bill Insull

Kay Insull

Sr. Jerome Jacob

Barbara Wilson

John Keeton

Jon & Patricia Adams

Hilda Kleck

John & Jane Leding

Bob & Rosetta Lensing

Sr. Camilla Krallman

Linda Donberger

Sr. Rosetta Kuettel

Shaun & Teresa Clark

Sr. Cordelia Lange

Jerry & Judy Lange

Paul & Fay Laudadio

Bill & Margaret Parks

Joan Baldwin

Bankcorp South

Colby & Courtney Beland

Bercher Tire Service

William & Theresa


Harold & Nancy Boerner

John & Peggy Brandebura

Jim & Kathleen Cargill

Mike & Mary Cogbill

Bryant Cranford

Leo & Lucy Cretnik

Columbus & Phyllis Dalmut

Nick & Deanna Dolloff

Mont & Ann Echols

Carl & Sandra Friddle

Gene & Charlotte Hatwig

Immaculate Conception Choir,

Fort Smith AR

Mike & Susan Johns

George & Kathleen Johnson

Gilbert & Doris Koch

Kenneth & Susan Livingston

Scott & Cresta Livingston

Betty McCaffrey

Shaun McCaffrey

Pat & Susan Nolte

Rick & Donna Nolte

Lee & Sherry Nutt

Tony & Rosemary Reith

Craig & Mary Jo Rivaldo

Catherine Ross

Patricia Salman

Carolyn Schaufele

Kenneth & Patricia Schlag

Lawrence Schluterman &

Schwartz, Ltd.

Ed & Lona Seiter

J.J. & Johnette Seiter

Patrick & Mary Shields

Sam (dec.) & Sharon Sicard

George & Emily Strassle

John Udouj

Jerry & Kim Vest

Stephen Vicary

Welsco, Inc.

Denis & Molly Wewers

Joseph Wewers

Martha Womack

Rebecca Yarbrough

Theresa Nahlen

Phyllis Childers

Margaret Newman

Joseph & Martha Vorster

Julia Oswald

Jim Oswald

Sr. Adelma Pabst

Mary Ann Harrington

Dolores Krewet

Earl & Vickie Pabst

John & Velma Pabst

Raymond Stoecklein

William Parks

James & Diane Kirkpatrick

Joy Parks


William (dec.) & Margaret


Sandra Renfrow

Mark & Lisa Simpson

Betty Kay Spruell

Fred & Jean Walter

Lizbeth Winford

Frances Walter

Josephine Wood

Eric Chapman

Marie Chapman

Sr. Madeline Clifton

Frank, Theresa, & Scott Blair

Sr. Maria DeAngeli

Kaye Bernard

Sr. Marie Rose DeSalvo

Carl & Bea Miller

Sr. Rachel Dietz

Pat Fellner

Sr. Christine Eckart


Jeanne Coyne

Tom & Rosemary Rolniak

Mark & Lisa Simpson

Frances Walter

Lenea Wheeler

Stephanie Ferrari

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Sr. Elise Forst

Kaye Bernard

Rosemary Plunkett-Stith

Dick & Kathy Fuhrman

Lizbeth Winford

Sr. Anne Heim

Kathleen Stinchcomb

Mr. & Mrs. Dick Hendrix

Richard & Joe Ann Hargraves

Estella Hilton

Robert & Dayna Hilton

Sr. Miriam Hoffman

Louise Beck

Catherine Homer

Jeanette Mobley

Sr. Herbert Huber

Therese Hoelzeman

Sr. DeChantal Hyland

Bill & Alice Stuff

Sr. Rachel Dietz

Suzanne McGraw

Betty Etzkorn

Lorraine Tate


Mary Adams

Bernice Bergup

Dick & Jane Brummel

Nora Bryant

Carol Griesemer

Lothar & Eldeen Karl

Richard & Mary Louise Clift

Thomas & Laurie Gassman

Gerald Hailey

Virginia Hall

Vernon & Freda Harness

Cher Horwedel

Ann Hunt

Charles Kieft

John & Jane Leding

Rosemary Lelemsis

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Olan & Mary Mencer

Robert & Katrinka Mondy

Raymond & Joan Myers

Glenn & Bridget Nelson

Gaines & Diane Norton

Gaines Norton III & Jennifer


Gary & Nancy Robinson

Charles & Carol Shellnut

Barbara & Donna


Fred Siebenmorgen

Joe & Margaret


Joseph & Martha Vorster

Frances Walter

Pat & Vicki Wardlaw

Charles & Mary Ann


Harold & Anita Wewers

Sisters Who Taught at

Sacred Heart School,

Verona MO

Ed & Sally Welters

Sisters Who Taught at Holy

Rosary School, Stuttgart

Tommy Reinhart

Sisters Who Taught at St.

Ignatius School, Scranton

William Naegle

Pauline Smith

Richard & Joe Ann Hargraves

Sr. Stephen Smreker

Pat & Vicki Wardlaw

Sr. Leonella Spanke

Rose Anna Spanke

Louis Swope

Marilyn Swope

Shirley Teague

Jerry & Wincie Hendricks

Michael Thennes

Virginia Thennes

Sr. Celestine Uptmoor

Geraldine McFarland

Elizabeth Waddell

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Sr. Marian Walbe

James & Sandra Ahlert

Josephine Basgall

Rosemary Weil


Harold Wewers & Sr. Mary

Ruth Wewers

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Louise Wewers

Dick & Jane Brummel

Kathleen Cameron

Columbus & Phyllis Dalmut

Carolyn Ketter

Rose Anna Kiene

Mary Maestri

Kenneth & Sharon


Ed & Lona Seiter

Paul & Benita Stevens

Larry & Millie Wewers

Marie Wilson

Ray & Wilma Ahlert

Sr. Maurus Witt

Dave & Diana Tetreault

Fred Woeltje

Mildred Buddenberg

Srs. Callista & Florence


David & Margaret Crawford

Mildred Zaloudek

Robert & Helen Dumboski

Sr. Francisca Ziegel

Dwight & Suzanne Cramer


Mary Adeniyi

Kanyin Bodeharrison

Sr. Rose Ashour

Tamara Oberbeck

Ben & Linda Beland, Leon &

Marcia Beland, and

Louis, Jr. & Trisha Beland

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Keith Birkenfeld

Gary, Deneil, & Katy Cockrell

Neil & Judy Harmon

Sr. Rose Maria Birkenfeld

Geraldine Kampeter

Jerry & Julie Warren

Velma Warren

Sr. Barbara Bock

Judy Bock & Glenn Brinley

Thelma Kraus

Tamara Oberbeck

Sr. Frances Anne Braddock


Lawrence & Rose Thummel

Sr. Gabriel Brandt

Antoinette Beland

Betty Etzkorn

Karen Ewan

Rose Giorgi

Dorothy Hosford

Hilda Hoyt

Frances McCaig

Annalisa Peden

Mary Totaro

Sr. Xavier Perona

Mary Adams

Frank & Charlotte Allen

Andria Bersi

Nora Bryant

Jim & Sheila Canup

Daniel & Margaret Christman

Denise Dearien

Lucil Haden

Judith Kooyman

John & Jane Leding

James & Jo Ann Lutz

Louis & Patricia Perona

Jeff & Mary Totaro

Sr. Celine Pintar

Pat & Vicki Wardlaw

Wilfred & Jo Plugge

Robert & Dayna Hilton

Patricia Price

Patrick & Elaine Lynch

Pauline Raley

Lindy & Nguyen Hayden

John Robbins

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Sr. Frederick Rufener

Frank, Theresa, & Scott Blair

Sr. Rosemary Rufener

Frank, Theresa, & Scott Blair

Dorothy Martinous

Sr. Marietta Schroeder

Todd & Joelle Lowder

Jerome Seiter

Mary Edelhuber

Sr. Annene Siebenmorgen

Charlotte Siebenmorgen

Doris Siebenmorgen

Joseph & Martha Vorster

Sr. Hermana Siebenmorgen

Frank, Theresa, & Scott Blair

Gene & Pauline Boerner

Brendis & Brendis, Inc.,

Omaha NE


Dorothy Hosford

Sr. Hermana Siebenmorgen


Henry & Ramona Harder

Therese Hoelzeman

Ann Hunt

Buddy & Theresa Vogler

Frances Walter

Pat & Vicki Wardlaw

Harold & Anita Wewers

Sisters of St. Scholastica

Kaye Bernard

Bob & Ann Mazzanti

Sisters from Our Lady of

Peace Monastery,

Columbia MO

Barbara Michael

Sr. Jovita Stengel

Edward & Marilyn Blake

Kenneth & Stella Blaschke

Patti Ford

Elliot Claire Swann

Lou Anne Walker

Ray, Jr. & Louise Terry

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Jack & Clarine Terwey

Julie Eckart

Jane Price

Sr. Dolorita Thompson

Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Hoffman

Gary & Julie Udouj

Henry & Linda Udouj

Dorothy Martinous

David & Marge Volosky

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Sr. Pierre Voster

David & Joan Busby

Sr. Richard Walter

Frances McCaig

Margaret Parks

Sr. Katharine Wewer

Gerard & Mary Devaney

Sr. Corinne Lange

Jerry & Judy Lange

Betty Lewis

Richard & Joe Ann Hargraves

Sr. Andrea Loran

Ray & Rita Mooney

Sharon McGannon

Patricia Plettner

Sr. Valeria Moellers


Sr. Therese Moreno

Sal & Laura Vilardo

Sr. Josita Nahlen

Gene & Inez Ciechanowski

Kevin & Madeline Rumker

Sr. Alice O’Brien

Francis & Mary Birkenfeld

Robin Eggert

Maureen Gray

Judith Hurt

Cynthia Laursen

Bettie Lesczynski

Judy McGrath

Jerry & Julie Warren

Velma Warren

Dan & Stephanie Poje

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Mrs. J.R. Popp

Richard & Joe Ann Hargraves

Sr. Elizabeth Rossi

Gene & Inez Ciechanowski

Sr. Rosalie Ruesewald

Pamela Litton

Sr. Cabrini Schmitz

Antoinette Beland

Dorothy Hosford

Srs. Barbara, Stephanie, &

Regina Schroeder

Todd & Joelle Lowder

H.P., Jr. & Karen Schultz

and Harold & Mary Ruth


Antoinette Beland

We have tried to include all benefactors in 2011. 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

ANNUAL REPORT September 1, 2010 - August 31,





$61,949 - 3%


$357,157 - 17%

Donations & Gifts

$659,548 - 23%

Sisters Personal

Auxiliary Income

$106,181 - 4%




Unrealized Loss

on Investments

$13,741 - 1%

Investment Fees

$84,051 - 4%

Lay Employees

$977,644 - 46%

and Medical

$279,701 - 13%


$343,683 - 16%



$ 740,226

366,174 - 13%




$578,541 - 20%

Investment Income

$1,147,708 - 40%

Total Revenues, Gains & Other Support

Total Expenses & Losses

Net Change in Assets

Using $600,000 from our continuing care fund, the monastery was able to balance the operating

budget, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors.


In Loving Memory

Sister Hermana Siebenmorgen, OSB, a retired teacher and principal, entered into eternal life on

November 22, 2011 at the age of 94. She was born on September 6, 1917 in Morrison Bluff, AR to Anton

and Anna Siebenmorgen. She entered St. Scholastica Convent in 1933 and made her monastic profession

on June 24, 1936. She earned her B.S. in Education at Mount St. Scholastica College, Atchison, KS in

1961, and did graduate study in Library Science at Conway and Little Rock. She taught for 57 years at Holy

Redeemer School, Clarksville; St. Boniface School, Fort Smith; St. Mary School, Lake Village and the last

34 years as teacher and principal of St. Edward School, Little Rock. She retired to the monastery in 1993

and assisted her community in many different ways.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Ida Hunt, Helen Wewers, Louise Mikijanis, and

Antonia Standley; and four brothers, Leo, Lawrence, Steven, and Edward. She is survived by one sister, Martha

Vorster, Fort Smith; one brother, Fred Siebenmorgen, Fort Smith; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.

The Funeral Mass was held on November 25 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. David McKillin presiding followed by interment in the

monastery cemetery.

Sister Vivian Luyet, OSB, former principal of St. Boniface School and administrator of St. Joseph’s

Home, North Little Rock, entered into eternal life on December 1 at the age of 93. She was born on August

23, 1918 in Conway, AR to Lee and Eugenia Moix Luyet. She entered St. Scholastica Convent in 1934 and

made her monastic profession on June 24, 1937. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Education from Mount

St. Scholastica College, Atchison, KS in 1958 and her Masters Degree in Education at Creighton University,

Omaha, NE. in 1964. She taught at St. Winand School, McGehee; Immaculate Conception School, Moberly,

MO; St. Meinrad School, Prairie View; St. Ignatius School, Scranton; and St. Benedict School, Subiaco. She

served as principal of St. Boniface School, Fort Smith, from 1964-1993. Upon her retirement from teaching

she served as administrator of St. Josephs Home from 1993-1997 and continued helping with hospitality for

groups until 2008. After retiring to the monastery, she continued to help staff the monastery gift shop until a

few weeks before her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Catherine Dumboski, Christine Massery, Mary Freyalden-

hoven, and Monica Hamling; and eight brothers, Maurice, Emil, Leo, Paul, George, Albert, Joseph, and Eugene. She is survived

by nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

Fr. Gregory Luyet, Sister Vivians great-nephew, presided over her funeral on December 3 at St. Scholastica Monastery.

Sister Mary Linus Oberkoetter, OSB, 89, of St. Scholastica Monastery entered into eternal life on January 1, 2012.

Born Rosemary Frances Oberkoetter, she took the name Sister Mary Linus when she entered the novitiate, and made her

monastic profession in 1955. During her career, she taught in St. Mary School, Lake Village; and St. Mary School, McGehee;

served as a prefect in St. Scholastica Academy; did office work in St. Joseph Hospital, Boonville, MO; and served in various

positions in the monastery, including chauffeuring and working in the greenhouses and print shop.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Clara Oberkoetter, and a sister, Sister Hermana Oberkoetter,

OSB of St. Joseph Monastery, Tulsa, OK. She is survived by one sister, Mary Oberkoetter, and one brother, Herman Oberkoet-

ter, of Ozark; and her religious community. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on January 4 with Rev. David McKillin, OSB,

presiding; followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

Memorials in memory of these sisters may be made to St. Scholastica Monastery Continuing Care Fund, P.O. Box

3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.

Oblate Marcetta Gordon passed away November 30, 2010. She was born October 9, 1922, and made her oblation while living

in Little Rock, on October 21, 1990. In later life she moved, first to Anchorage, Alaska; then to Sand Point, Idaho, where she lived at the time

of her death. Marcetta was an accomplished artist whose painting of the crucifixion is displayed in an Episcopal church in Sand Point.

She is survived by one son, Bruce Newbold, of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter, Donna Hamblin, of Sand Point,

Idaho; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A Farewell Blessing to the Prejean Family

by Sister Louise Sharum

Soon several frequently heard sentences at Hesychia House of Prayer will no longer be possible;

namely, “Tell David,” or ”Ask David,” or “David, can this be repaired?” Reason? David Prejean plans to

retire in early May and will be moving to Tennessee with his wife, Karen. He has worked at Hesychia as

Maintenance Manager since June 1985, which is twenty-seven of the House of Prayers thirty-one years of

existence. During that time he built one of the hermitages himself, and has dealt with almost every conceiv-

able problem involving every aspect of the buildings, land, machinery, cattle, and technology including the

geothermal system and computers. The oft-repeated maxim “No one is indispensable” just may be dis-

proved with David Prejeans retirement. He and Karen will be missed, not only because of the many abilities

David brought to his service at Hesychia, but also because of the way they were an integral part of the prayer

life of the house. The gift they have been to Hesychia will live on in the hearts of all who have known them.


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Womens Vocation Discernment Weekend Experience

On January 13-14, twenty-seven high school and college women and representatives from different religious orders

active in the Diocese of Little Rock met at St. John’s Center for a diocesan-sponsored women’s vocation retreat. The retreat

was first envisioned by a group of women who wanted their daughters and other young women to have the opportunity to

learn more about religious life.

After icebreakers led by the participants, Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, Minister to Religious for the Diocese, spoke on “The

Art of Listening to God.” Breaking into small groups, the young women practiced Lectio Divina, reflecting on and praying Psalm

139: “LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My

travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar.

Sisters Barbara Bock and Alice O’Brien represented St. Scholastica Monastery at the retreat. Sister Alice talked

about her vocation in a presentation, “Hearing God’s Call Within Life Calls.” Sister Barbara shared St. Scholastica’s commu-

nity charism and mission. Other presentations focused on defining a religious vocation and the steps involved in becoming a

member of a religious community.

Each participating religious community hosted display

tables and presented slide shows during break time from prayer,

reflection, sharing, singing, and attending presentations.

Msgr. Scott Friend, Diocesan Vocation Director, cel-

ebrated the Closing Mass. Fr. Eric Pohlmeier gave presenta-

tions on Lectio Divina and other topics.

“It was a fun loving, delightful group of women, who

are very much alive and spiritual,” Sisters Barbara and Alice

said, “both a gift and hope for the future of the Church in what-

ever life path they choose; religious, lay, married or single


Sister Kimberly, vocation director said, “This first

women’s experience for the Diocese of Little Rock, is a step

in the right direction for any seeker and we are happy to have

been a part of the experience.”


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News Briefs

On January 17-18, Sister Joan Pytlik, DC,

Minister for Religious in the diocese, visited

and met with the community.

On February 2-8, Sister Maria DeAngeli at-

tended the Benedictine Prioresses Confer-

ence at Immaculata Convent, Norfolk, Ne-


On February 20, Sister Kimberly Pro-

haska presented a Vocation Day and gave

a tour to Subiaco students.

On February 28-March 2 Sisters Kim-

berly Prohaska and Barbara Bock attended

the Heartland Benedictine Vocation Confer-

ence at Assumption Abbey, Ava, MO.

Come to our giant

Retreat Center Garage Sale

Saturday, March 17

7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Save some green on

St. Patricks Day!

The Social Awareness Committee, composed of Sisters Alice

O’Brien, Anne Michele Raley, Catherine Markey, Barbara Bock, oblate

Kathy Jarvis, and Sister Rosalie Ruesewald, chair, has been busy.

In mid-November members visited Watertown, South Da-

kota to see the Multicultural Center at Mother of God Monastery and

the Keeler Women’s Center in Kanas City, Kansas, a ministry of the

Benedictine Sisters in Atchison. Committee members witnessed the

deep commitment of these two communities to their mission of join-

ing with women and immigrants in their quest for justice.

Committee members and other sisters have been studying

conversational Spanish with oblate Haymée Giuliani, and using it as

they join in birthdays, weddings, baptisms, quinceñeras, and posa-

das with our immigrant neighbors.

For the past ten years, the bell is tolled for two minutes in the

evening whenever a prisoner is executed in the United States. On

February 6, sisters and Justpeace members saw a presentation on

capital punishment by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ.

The sisters welcomed Tom Navin, Director of Catholic Charities in Little Rock, to speak on Faithful Citizen-

ship on March 6. Committee members also join with other groups as they visit the Juvenile Detention Center and

the Crisis Center for Women.

Finally, sisters continue their witness--”Diplomacy, Not War”--at Creekmore Park on the first Sunday of

each month.