“The Gatekeeper,” a newsletter published periodically by St. Scholastica Monastery’s Vocation Office, is available online in PDF or HTML format.  It contains information about Come and See Weekends, our Summer Discernment Retreat, and other visitation opportunities, as well as timely articles and book reviews written by members of our community.

June 2013 Edition: Volume 3, Issue 8

The Benedictine Value of Conversatio Morum

We we make monastic profession, we make three promises. Our promises are Stability, Obedience and Fidelity to the Monastic Way of Life, which, in the original Latin in which Benedict wrote the rule, was Conversatio Morum. Conversatio Morum entails chastity and poverty, which we call simplicity of life, or being satisfied with what you need, not what you want. But it is also so much more.

Communicating the Religious Life has its own TEXT

Most of us are, if not already, coming of age in the technological world. From emails, instant messages, apps, Skype, iPads and iPhones to text messaging, it's all about communicating.

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Volume 3, Issue 7: November 2012 Edition

Featuring articles about Vocations, Benedictine Bookends, Come & See Opportunities, Finding Formation, The Monastic Word, and More.

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Volume 3, Issue 6: November 2011 Edition

Featuring articles about Sr. Alice O'Brien who is making her solemn profession and Postulant Sandra Nelson who will be making the transition from postulancy to novice.

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Volume 3, Issue 5: June 2011 Edition

Featuring articles about Sr. Alice O'Brien who is making her solemn profession and Postulant Sandra Nelson who will be making the transition from postulancy to novice.

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Volume 3, Issue 4: September 2010 Edition

Features an article by Postulant Sandra Nelson on What Draws Me to St. Scholastica, news on the summer discernment retreat, and a new What a Monastic Reads article on the book Little Bee.

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Volume 2, Issue 4: March 2010 Edition

Features articles on My Child has a Vocation. Now What (continued)?, Social Networking, and a new What a Monastic Reads: Messy Spirituality.

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Volume 2, Issue 3: December 2009 Edition

Features articles on My Child has a Vocation. Now What?, Parents Share Insights about their Discerning Kids, and a new What a Monastic Reads.

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Volume 2, Issue 2: June 2009 Edition

Features articles on Sr Irma, My daughter or Son is a Monastic, Vocation stories, and a new What a Monastic Reads.

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Volume 2, Issue 1: February 2009 Edition

Features a Vocation Visit to Louisiana, What Drew Me, Vocation stories by Anita Berkemeyer, and What a Monastic Reads

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Volume 1, Issue 3: June 2008 Edition

Features Benedictine Bookends, Vocation Advisory Board, Discernment "What if's?", Tapping into Theology, Welcoming Postulant Beth and Sister Alice. Come and See opportunities.

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Volume 1, Issue 2: March 2008 Edition

Features information about St. Scholastica Monastery hosting the NBVDC October 2007 with Fr. Michael Casey, OCSO from  Tarrawarra Abbey with Victoria, Australia and Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB as presenters.  Our Community welcomes a new postulant, Kelly Fogarty. Come and See opportunities.

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Volume 1, Issue 1

This feature introduces the GATEKEEPER vocation newsletter to vocation prospects. Come and See opportunities.

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