About the Mount
Founded November 11, 1863
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.
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
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