About the Mount

Founded November 11, 1863

Professed Members

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 111 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 Esther Fangman as our prioress. The sisters serve God’s people in various ministries according to the needs of the community and their individual gifts.

I am grateful to be a daughter of a people who were gentle and generous, humbled by the circumstances of their lives, rooted to the hills of eastern Kansas.
Sister Jeremy Dempsey, OSB


Mother Evangelista Kremmeter 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 Huerter 1976-1988

Sister Mary Agnes Patterson 1988-1999

Sister Mary Collins 1999-2005

Sister Anne Shepard 2005-2017

Sister Esther Fangman 2017-Present

Mother Evangelista Kremmiter
Mother Theresa Moyer
Mother Aloysia Northman
Mother Lucy Dooley
Mother Alfred Schroll
Mother Celeste Hemmen
Mother Mary Austin Schirmer
Mother Noreen Hurter
Sister Mary Agnes Patterson
Sister Mary Collins
Sister Anne Shepard
Sister Esther Fangmann



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