Hospitality and Tours

Visiting St. Scholastica Monastery

All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for him himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt. 25-35).

The Monastery

St. Scholastica Monastery sits on 66 scenic acres with walking paths through gardens and past grottoes, shrines, and gazebos where visitors can sit, reflect, and meditate.  Our labyrinth, built with the help of the Friends of the Center, is designed in an eleven-circuit design with four quadrants used in many Gothic cathedrals; most notably the Chartres Cathedral built in 1200.  Historically, pilgrims would walk the labyrinth as a questing, searching journey in hope of becoming closer to God. Visitors are welcome to walk the monastery grounds during the day.

To arrange for an interior tour of the monastery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, call 479-783-4147 at least one day in advance.  

Hospitality and Tours

Visiting St. Scholastica Monastery

The Monastery

St. Scholastica Monastery sits on 66 scenic acres with walking paths through gardens and past grottoes, shrines, and gazebos where visitors can sit, reflect, and meditate.  Our labyrinth, built with the help of the Friends of the Center, is designed in an eleven-circuit design with four quadrants used in many Gothic cathedrals; most notably the Chartres Cathedral built in 1200.  Historically, pilgrims would walk the labyrinth as a questing, searching journey in hope of becoming closer to God. Visitors are welcome to walk the monastery grounds during the day.

To arrange for an interior tour of the monastery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, call 479-783-4147 at least one day in advance.  

 

The Retreat Center

St. Scholastica Retreat Center is located in the three-story remodeled residential wing of the former St. Scholastica Academy.  The academic wing of the building is leased to Trinity Junior High School. 

The residential section of the building was remodeled and converted into a Retreat Center during the mid-1970s when Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, author and well known retreat director, and several other Sisters began a retreat ministry.  It is used for Center-sponsored and Center-hosted retreats, workshops, days of recollection, an office for Project Compassion, and meeting rooms for educational, humanitarian, recreational, and religious purposes

The monastery campus provides a quiet, reflective environment for retreatants, and easy access for those who would like to join the sisters in celebrating the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. 

To learn more about our retreats, click here.  To inquire about renting our facility, click here or call 479-783-1135. 

 

The Gift Shop

St. Scholastica Monastery Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the monastery, with its own separate entrance near the parking lot.  It is open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:30-3:00 p.m. most Saturdays (call 479-783-4147 to check on Saturday.)  Our friendly, knowledgeable gift shop staff--Sisters Maria, Barbara, and Vivian--is always available to assist you with your purchases.  The gift shop offers a wide variety of books, gifts, cards, and inspirational items for every liturgical season.  Be sure to check out our homemade jellies, pickles, and baked goods when you visit.  Our inventory is now available for online purchase.  To shop at our online gift shop, click here.

 

Hesychia House of Prayer

Hesychia House of Prayer, located in Shoal Creek, Arkansas, is a ministry of St. Scholastica Monastery, started in 1981 and staffed by Sisters Louise Sharum, Andrea Loran, and Ethel Marie Sonnier, OSB.  Nestled within two hundred acres of woods and pastures of grazing cattle are the main house/chapel and four individual hermitages for guests who would like to make individual retreats.  The name “Hesychia,” is from a Greek word meaning “resting in God.” Resting in God is to be a part of our lives even in our most busy and pressured times. For this to happen, times and places when we can be immersed in silence and solitude can be most helpful.  To get more information about Hesychia or to reserve a hermitage, call 479-938-7375 or click here.

 

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