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Palm Sunday

We are going to Jerusalem. All of us. We’ll crowd into the throngs of people stretching and pushing as we try to fix our gaze. Who is this entering our city? 

Read Sister Thomasita's full reflection.

Passion Flower

Read about the Passion Flower and its ties to Holy Week here. 

Peace Merit Award

Please join us in congratulating Sister Barbara McCracken for receiving the Peace Merit Award for "Outstanding Service in the Cause of Peace" from PeaceWorks Kansas City! 

Employment Opportunities

Click here for employment opportunities at Mount St. Scholastica.

We Remember with Gratitude

We remember with gratitude the inspiring life of Sister Lou Whipple, 50,who died at the monastery on March 8, 2017. Bravely facing cancer, she was faithful to daily community life and prayer until shortly before her death, four months before her 25th anniversary of monastic profession. Read her obituary.

Letting God Shine through our Lives

Last Sunday was a day of great celebration at the Mount. It wasn’t a big feast day like Easter, or a special community event like a sister’s day of profession....Read More.

Marching for Life

The last few weeks have given us cause for much soul-searching. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pope Francis, the Leadership of Conference of Women Religious, religious leaders of other faiths, as well as individual parish and faith communities, ask us to be models of unity and love, not hate...Read more.

View from the Mount

Editor's note: Sisters from Mount St. Scholastica write a weekly column titled "View from the Mount" in our hometown newspaper, the Atchison Globe. this column appeared in the Jan. 19 edition of the Globe. Click here to read the full article.

World Peace Prayer

"Benedictines for Peace invite you to join people around the world in praying and reflecting on the World Peace Prayer." Click here for prayer and full explanation.

From the Prioress: Day of Prayer

This election season has been the most tumultuous in my memory. Growing up in Washington, D.C., I thought I had seen it all...Read more.

12 Days of Christmas

Click the link to view the 12 Days of Christmas video!

Sister Maria Nguyen receives Donaghey Award
The Divine Word College Board of Trustees honored Sister Maria Nguyen with the 2016 Donaghey Award for Outstanding Service at a special Mass on Sunday, Sept. 25. Read more.  

Meet Sister Linda Herndon
Sister Linda Herndon uses her Benedictine values as the associate academic dean and registrar at Benedictine College. Read about her.

Blessings go both ways for volunteer, spiritual directee
Mininder Kaur first came to the Mount for spiritual direction, but then found peace and acceptance as a volunteer, too. Read her story. 

Meet Jennifer Halling, our new postulant
On Aug. 5, we welcomed Jennifer Halling to the community as a postulant. Read about her and see photos from the evening. 

Read our 'View from the Mount' columns in Atchison Globe
Every week, one of the sisters from Mount St. Scholastica writes the "View from the Mount" column that appears in the Atchison Globe, our hometown newspaper. Read the columns.

Sister Anne reflects on 2016 jubilarians
Sister Anne Shepard tells how three golden jubilarians live out the call to mercy. Read her homily from the Jubilee Mass on July 10.

'Mountie' returns for 75th class reunion
It takes a special someone to be on hand for her 75th class reunion, and for Mount St. Scholastica College, that someone is Mary Ann Schwab. Read about her return to the Mount. 

Twelve complete spiritual director training
In June, a group of 12 women graduated from the three-year Souljourners spiritual director training program sponsored by the Sophia Center. Read more

Mount employees honored for service at annual picnic
A total of 13 Mount St. Scholastica and Dooley Center employees were honored for their years of service at the annual employee picnic. See who they were at the link.

Sister Mary Teresa offers ten rules for new nurses
When Sister Mary Teresa Morris spoke at the Donnelly College nursing graduation, she offered ten rules for nurses. Read them at the link.

Mount welcomes eight new oblates
We welcomed eight new oblates in April 2016. See photos from the rite of oblation; read Sister Anne Shepard's reflection.

'Year of Mercy' prayer petitions focus on those in need of mercy
Each month during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica remember a special group in prayer during Midday Praise.  Read the  petitions.

Good Friday reflection: Finding glory in the cross
Sister Anne Shepard considered how we might find glory in the cross for her Good Friday reflection. Read it here.

Lenten reflection: The cloaks of Palm Sunday
For her reflection for the Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of Christ, Sister Genevieve Robinson considered the meaning of the cloks followers spread on the road for Jesus, and what that might mean for us today. Read her reflection.

Meet Sister Esther Fangman
As we continue our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, we introduce you to Sister Esther Fangman, who has traveled far from her farm girl roots. Read Sister Esther's story.

Meet Sister Susan Holmes
As we continue our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, we introduce you to Sister Susan Holmes, a hospice chaplain who offers a caring presence at the end of life. Read Sister Susan's story.

Lenten reflection: A forgetful God
For her reflection for the Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Sister Cecilia Olson reflected on what God chooses to forget. Read her reflection.

Meet Sister Elaine Fischer
As we continue our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, we introduce you to Sister Elaine Fischer, whose remarkable set of skills ranges from carpentry to biochemistry. Read Sister Elaine's story.

Meet Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger
As we continue our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, we introduce you to Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, a woman of many gifts. Read Sister Mary Elizabeth's story.

Meet Sister Cecilia Olson
As we continue our celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, we introduce you to Sister Cecilia Olson, who has found God in community. Read Sister Cecilia's story.

Meet Sister Suzanne Fitzmaurice
As we celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week March 8 to 14, we're sharing the stories of some of our sisters. Next up is Sister Suzanne Fitzmaurice, who follows in the footsteps of her Benedictine predecessors as a teacher. Read Sister Suzanne's story.

Meet Sister Carol Ann Peterson
As we celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week March 8 to 14, we're sharing the stories of some of our sisters. First up is Sister Carol Ann Petersen, whose ministries have always involved education, though not always in the traditional classroom. Read Sister Carol Ann's story.

Lenten reflection: Who are you?
For her reflection for the Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Sister Mary Teresa Morris asks which character from the parable of the prodigal son we are now, and which character we can become. Read her reflection

Lenten reflection: Overcoming indifference
Sister Constance Krstolic contrasts the indifference of bystanders at a 1963 murder with the insistence of a Gospel gardener, and suggests that getting down and dirty may be the best way to overcome indifference. Read her reflection for the Vigil of the Third Sunday in Lent.

Lenten reflection: Finding who we are
Sister Deborah Peters suggests that Jesus as Jesus revealed who he is in the transfiguration, we, too, may find who we are in the transfiguration. Read her reflection for the Vigil of the Second Sunday in Lent.

Student volunteers roll up their sleeves at the Mount
When Sister Loretta McGuire took on the responsibilities of volunteer director for the Mount, her first recruitment efforts were with students at Benedictine College. Read more.

Lenten reflection: Devil in the desert
Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger had a visual image of the devil in mind as she wrote the reflection for the Vigil of the First Sunday in Lent. See where she found the image at the link.

Leadership Camp in June combines faith and fun
Have a daughter, granddaughter, niece or student who is entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade? Sign her up now for our 2016 Leadership Camp. Get the details.

Two added to Keeler leadership team
The Keeler Women's Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, has added two women to the leadership team. Joining Sister Bridget Dickason as director-elect are Sister Patricia Seipel and Brenda Mortell as associate directors. Read more.

Sister Ironide makes perpetual profession in Brazil
Sister Ironide Nunes' made her perpetual profession in Brazil on Jan. 24. Get to know her and see photos from the event.

Enjoy a virtual trip to Brazil
Several of our sisters are traveling to Brazil in January for Sister Ironide Nunes' final profession. Join them virtually via their online photo journal. 

Check out our favorite photos from December
We just posted a photo gallery of our favorite photos from December. Check them out!

Sister Jodi Hart makes first profession
Sister Jodi Hart made her first monastic profession on Dec. 13. Read about it and see a photo gallery. 

Kansas aging department honors Dooley Center
The Dooley Center, Mount St. Scholastica's on-site skilled nursing facility, is one of 10 nursing homes to receive the Peak 2.0 Award from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Read more. 

Dooley Center earns excellence award
The Dooley Center has received an award for customer satisfaction. Read more

New directors named for Mount Ministries
Sister Carol Ann Petersen has been named director of the Sophia Center and Sister Bridget Dickason has been named director of the Keeler Women's Center. Read more 

Sisters celebrate monastic anniversaries
Six Benedictine Sisters from Mount St. Scholastica celebrated monastic anniversaries in July. Five celebrated 50 years, the sixth celebrated 25. Read more about the jubilee and jubilarians.

Benedictine students study stained glass history
Students from Benedictine College examined the history and significance of the stained glass windows in our Choir Chapel for a "Discovery Day" project. Read more.

Meet Sister Molly: Storyteller, teacher
Sister Molly Brockwell is one of four sisters who celebrated a silver jubilee last summer. She's a teacher, a storyteller and a student. Read her story.

Jail ministry puts Gospel into action
Sister Maria Larkin takes seriously the Gospel mandate to visit those who are in prison. Every week, she makes her way to the Atchison County Jail to visit the inmates incarcerated there. Read her story

Lenten project exceeds expectations
Sister Barbara Smith offered a Lenten challenge to students at St. Benedict Catholic School in Atchison, and they responded in a big way. See the story.

Top Benedictine visits the Mount
When Abbot Primate Notker Wolf visited Mount St. Scholastica on Feb. 10, 2015, he sat down for an interview with Sister Barbara Ann Mayer. See what he had to say.

Keeler group has a way with words
For ten years, women writers have been honing their craft at the Keeler Women's Center women writers group. The group gathers monthly to share their written words. Read more about the group and see how you can become part of it.

Sister Barbara Smith reflects on trip to Honduras
In March 2014, Sister Barbara Smith traveled to Honduras with a group of Benedictine College students as part of the Water With Blessings program. Read her reflection on the trip, see photos and read a student's perspective. 

Two receive Wangari Maathai Discovery Awards
The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica have named Benedictine College students Caleb Schmitz and Emily Dyer as winners of the inaugural Maathai Discovery Awards. The award honors Wangari Maathai, a 1964 graduate of Mount St. Scholastica College who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to support democracy, peace and sustainable development in her home country of Kenya. Read more

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150th Anniversary

We recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of our founding. Read about our Sesquicentennial Celebrations here.

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Solar Panels
These solar panels were installed
on the Dooley Center roof in the fall
of 2014. 

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