Late in the afternoon a couple days after Christmas in 2013, I was called to the front entrance. I met a man I had never seen before. He told me his aunt, who loved the sisters at the Mount, had died. She had wonderful memories of her years at Mount St. Scholastica College in the early 1950’s.
She had told her nephew, her trustee, that she wanted to make a donation to Mount St. Scholastica to help the Benedictine Sisters and their ministries. He handed me an envelope, and I looked inside and found a very substantial gift. I immediately thanked him and God as I knew we had a big challenge ahead of us.
I had been asked to raise $500,000 to put a new roof on St. Scholastica Chapel which had been built in 1937 and was used for many important liturgical celebrations for our community, alumnae, Atchison people, and guests. This legacy was nearly half of the estimate on the roof.
Having received this generous gift, we invited our college and academy alumnae to contribute also. In a few months, the entire amount was raised, and the roof replaced. The new roof was made possible because of the generosity of a “Mountie” and many other “Mounties” who wanted to pay the sisters back for their education.
It is a privilege and honor for the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica to be named as a beneficiary in your gift planning. All benefactors are listed in our Book of the Dead and remembered in our prayers yearly all through the month of November.
Sister Mary Agnes Patterson, OSB at 913-360-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount St. Scholastica
801 S. 8th St.
Atchison, KS, 66002
Tax ID: 48-0548363