Sister Elaine Fischer: Firefighter, carpenter, beekeeper, scientist

Sister Elaine FischerA Benedictine sister whose resume includes stints as a firefighter, carpenter and beekeeper – and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry – is celebrating 25 years of monastic life this month.

Sister Elaine Fischer entered Mount St. Scholastica in 1987, and worked for seven years as an EMT and firefighter with the Atchison Fire Department before becoming director of maintenance at the monastery. As such, Sister Elaine has overseen efforts to increase the facility’s energy efficiency, including the installation of solar panels on the roof of one of the buildings. She also takes care of the monastery gardens, does carpentry and is a beekeeper.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Sister Elaine Fischer “Sister Elaine’s prophetic role finds her working and caring for both her sisters and the land by her witness to simplicity, unselfishness and hospitality,” said Sister Anne Shepard, prioress.