Community Information and Statistics

On November 11, 1863, at 11:00 in the evening, seven Benedictine Sisters arrived in Atchison, Kansas, from Eichstätt, Germany - by way of Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Upon their arrival, they opened St. Scholastica Academy, and a long history of educational opportunities for young women and men from all over the midwestern United States became a reality. Presently the community consists of 141 women devoted to a communal life of prayer, work and hospitality lived according to the Rule of St. Benedict and the constitutions of the Federation of St. Scholastica with Sister Anne Shepard as our prioress. The sisters serve God's people in various ministries according to the needs tof the community and their individual gifts.

  • Date of Foundation: November 11, 1863
  • Date of Admission to Federation of St. Scholastica: Charter Member, February 25, 1922
  • Founding Monastery: St. Cloud, Minnesota (Later moved to St. Joseph, MN)
  • Prioress: Sister Anne Shepard , OSB
  • Installation: July 10, 2005
  • Number of members: 146

Previous Prioresses and Term of Office:

  • Mother Evangelista Kremmeter, Foundress: 1863-1884
  • Mother Theresa Moser: 1884-1897
  • Mother Aloysia Northman: 1897-1924
  • Mother Lucy Dooley: 1924-1950
  • Mother Alfred Schroll: 1950-1962
  • Mother Celeste Hemmen: 1962-1966
  • Mother Mary Austin Schirmer: 1966-1976
  • Mother Noreen Hurter: 1976-1988
  • Sister Mary Agnes Patterson 1988-1999
  • Sister Mary Collins 1999-2005

Picture of Sisters Anne Shepard, Noreen Hurter, Mary Agnes Patterson, Mary Collins

Sisters Anne Shepard, Noreen Hurter, Mary Agnes Patterson, Mary Collins

Community History

The Meaning of the Mountain by Sister Mary Faith Schuster, Helicon Press, Baltimore, 1963.  (A history of the first 100 years from 1863-1963)

Monastic Springs by Sister Paula Howard , Lulu.com, 2013.  (A history of the Mount from 1963-2013.)

Foundations

Monasterio de San Benito - Mexico City, Mexico - 1950

St. Lucy's Monastery - Glendora, California - 1956

Benet Hill Monastery - Colorado Springs, Colorado - 1965

Dependent House

Mosteiro Santa Maria Mae de Deus, Mineiros, Goias, Brazil - 1964

Mount St. Scholastica

Sister Cecilia Olson

Sister Cecilia Olson

Sister Mary Margaret Kean

Sister Mary Margaret Kean decorates candies with her Benedictine College Prayer Partner

Sister Marcia Ziska

Sister Marcia Ziska