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Life in a religious community isn’t typical in today’s society. The choice to become a Benedictine Sister is like taking the road less traveled. But when you make a less ordinary choice, there are extraordinary experiences waiting for you. Explore life at Mount St. Scholastica . . . where your extraordinary adventure can begin. Contact our vocation minister at vocation@mountosb.org

“Listen with the ear of your heart.” -Rule of St. Benedict

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1. Why is Mount St. Scholastica called a monastic community?
We share a life of prayer, community and service to others. Mount St. Scholastica is a Benedictine community, which means that we follow the teachings of St. Benedict, who wrote a practical guide (“Rule”) about how to seek God and follow Christ while living together as vowed religious men or women. Benedictine Sisters take vows of stability, obedience and conversion to the monastic way of life, which includes chastity and living simply.

2. What are the principal Benedictine values?
Because Benedictines believe that we encounter Christ in prayer and in each other, each day includes communal prayer, work and meals. We are called to welcome all persons as Christ, and thus hospitality is a primary Benedictine value. We are called to be good stewards of God’s gifts, and thus taking care of the earth is also an important value.

3. What does it mean to live as a community?
All persons who choose to live in a Benedictine monastery believe it is helpful to have the support of others as we seek Christ and work to serve God’s people. Community members vow obedience to the leader of the community (known as the prioress) and to each other, which requires careful listening and a willingness to put others’ needs ahead of our own desires. The community prays, works, eats and socializes together. Within the larger community, members reside in smaller living groups, which share household chores and other aspects of day-to-day life. 

4. What is a typical day like at the monastery?
We share morning, midday and evening prayer and celebrate Eucharist together each day. Some sisters have jobs outside the monastery, and others work at various ministries at the monastery itself. After evening prayer we eat supper together, and on any given night, we might be found reading, watching television together, playing cards or board games or pursuing our hobbies.

5. Do you wear habits?
In regard to clothing, St. Benedict simply instructed his followers “to use what is available in the vicinity at a reasonable cost,” so we have chosen to wear the common dress of people in our culture. The symbol of our life commitment is a distinctive ring worn by all professed members of our community.

6. Can family and friends visit?
Yes, your family and friends are welcome to visit the monastery. You also may go visit your family and friends occasionally, depending on the community schedule and your ministry responsibilities.

7. Can I pursue a professional career if I join the monastery?
Yes, Benedictine sisters often pursue professional careers. The prioress discerns with each community member how her gifts and talents may be used to benefit both the community and the individual.

8. What type of work is done by Benedictine Sisters?
Mount St. Scholastica includes sisters who are educators, chaplains, spiritual directors, liturgical ministers, medical professionals, counselors, social workers, librarians, and administrative or information technology personnel. One of the most important aspects of choosing a ministry is being available for communal daily prayers and meals.

9. What is it like to live a celibate life?
Being celibate means that we don’t focus on loving just one other person, the way a spouse does in a marriage. Celibacy provides us with the time and energy to create a common life together of prayer and service to others. A healthy celibate life includes a variety of relationships with community members, family and personal friends.

10. Can a divorced person or a widow become a Benedictine Sister?
A divorced woman who is interested in becoming a sister must have an annulment. A woman who is a widow must have lived on her own for at least three years, and in both cases she can have no dependent children.

11. What if I have debts?
Mount St. Scholastica does not consider applicants who have personal debt. Educational debts may be an exception, to be discussed during your time of discernment with the vocation director.

12. What other requirements must I fulfill?
Applicants must be in good health and pass a physical and a psychological evaluation. Letters of recommendation are also required.

13. How long does it take to become a sister at Mount
St. Scholastica?
Once you and the community have agreed that God has called you together, you will undergo a formal process of joining the community. The amount of time varies, depending on the individual circumstances of each candidate. The stages include:

  • Affiliate (generally one year)
  • Postulant (generally six months to one year)
  • Novice (generally two years) followed by first monastic profession
  • Scholastic (at least three years)
  • Final monastic profession

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meet our resource team

Sister Barbara D. Smith, OSB

s-barbara-smith_headerYears as a Benedictine Sister: In Belcourt, North Dakota: 1998-2001 (3yrs) In Atchsion, Kansas: 2002-present (14yrs)

Where did you grow up? Edwardsville, Illinois

What was your first impression of the Benedictine Sisters? I was very drawn to their down-to-earth lifestyle, their gentle care for all people and their balance between their work and prayer life that I experienced in the ministry work on the Indian Reservation. When I came to Atchison, I felt at home with the large community of sisters, how welcoming they were to all and their liturgies (prayer life) were so beautiful and deep.

What do you find is the biggest misconception of community life? I really did not know any sisters before coming to the community, so I didn’t know what community life was supposed to be like. I was not Catholic growing up, so I was pretty open to what religious life was all about. I think what surprised me was to find out that sisters can have strong feelings like anyone else, and some shared them more than others.

Describe your religious vocation journey in three words: Highest spiritual ride

Sister Barbara Conroy, OSB

s-barbara-conroy_headerYears as a Benedictine Sister: 22 years as a Benedictine Sister

Where did you grow up? St. Joseph, Missouri

What was your first impression of the Benedictine Sisters: My first impression was in high school. I had Benedictine Sisters as teachers, and I felt the compassion and the love that they had for each other. You could obviously tell that they were a group of women who served God and God’s people. It seemed like they were one big family. They respected each other. In my teenage years, I needed unconditional love and they provided that for me.

What do you find is the biggest misconception of community life? That we always agree with each other! We love each other, but our thoughts are individual. I find we have to constantly listen to God speaking to us and one another.

What’s the best/coolest thing about Atchison? The history of Amelia Earhart’s life here.

Sister Patricia Gamgort, OSB

Sister Patricia GamgortYears as a Benedictine Sister: 61

Where did you grow up? Wilmington, Delaware

What was your first impression of the Benedictine Sisters?  They were warm and human. I had been taught by Sisters in a different order, and they seemed rather aloof and cold.

Who influenced you most (and how) on your spiritual vocation journey? Two Benedictine Sisters, Anselma and Antoinette, who modeled the importance of their community prayer and the kindness and care they exhibited to students, the other sisters and staff. I wanted to be like them.

What is the best advice you ever got? Always be true to who you are.

What is the best advice you ever gave? The fruit of the Spirit is peace. Be at peace with yourself and God. Everything else will fall into place.

Describe your religious vocation journey in three words? Exciting, fruitful, affirmed

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Get to know: Sister Loretta McGuire, OSB

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What do you enjoy about being a sister?

I enjoy serving the sisters and the people of God.

What do you enjoy about Mount St. Scholastica? 

The prayerful, faithfulness of the nuns, the care and beauty of our grounds, buildings and one another. 

What is your favorite sports team? 

ND Football, Royals baseball, Ballett

Besides Atchison, what is your favorite city? 

New York – there in the world, people of every nationality live. 

What was your first impression of Benedictine Sisters? 

Kindness, loving

What is the best advice you ever received? 

Always see the face of Christ in every person.

Describe your religious vocation journey in three words. 

Faith, grace, goodness

Get to know: Sister Mary Margaret Kean, OSB

s-helen-mueting_header2Why Mount St. Scholastica?

The beauty of the campus, the care the sisters give to the chapels and other areas of the monastery, the hospitality of the community members, and our care and concern for others. 

What is a scripture quote you appreciate and why? 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you.” Mt 12:28 This passage gives me peace, calm, and a sense of being loved by God. 

Who are two of your favorite fictional characters? 

Cinderella and Snow White

Where did you grow up? 

All around the country: Burlington, Colorado-10 years

Salem, Oregon-1 year

Sioux Falls, South Dakota-2 years

Concordia, Kansas-2 years

Amarillo, Texas-3 years

What is the best advice you ever received? 

Give without counting the cost. 

Describe your religious journey in three words? 

Pray, seek, be.

Besides Atchison, what is your favorite city? 

To visit-Washington DC

Who is your Confirmation patron saint? 

St. Rita

Get to know: Sister Delores Dolezal, OSB

What do you enjoy about being a sister? Living the communal life in prayer, celebrations, and suffering.

What is a scripture quote you appreciate and why? 

“Peace be with you.” It gave me insight that “God Knows.” So, if God knows, all is truly well. God is on my side.

What is the best advice you ever received? 

At an Advent retreat, I heard and memorized: “Be faithful to the struggle.”

Who was your Confirmation Saint? 

Mary, Mother of God

Who are two of your favorite fictional characters? 

Pojo and Popeye

Who influenced you most on your spiritual journey? 

Sister Mauricita: In 6th grade, she gave me a prayer to know my vocation. I prayed it daily and I still have it. I now pray for fidelity to my vocation and for women to have courage to listen, ponder, and seek God in Generously giving of themselves to God. 

Besides Atchison, what is your favorite city? 

Omaha, Nebraska

What is your favorite sports team? Nebraska Cornhuskers Football

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