Sister Esther Fangman: Counselor to refugees, immigrants, families

Also served as president of Federation of St. Scholastica

A Benedictine sister whose counseling practice includes refugees and immigrant families who have survived torture and war is celebrating 50 years of monastic life this month.

Sister Esther FangmanSister Esther Fangman, a native of Seneca, Kan., holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison; a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and a doctorate in counseling and counselor education from Idaho state University in Pocatello, Idaho.

Sister Esther served as president of the Federation of St. Scholastica from 1998 to 2010. In that role, she assisted and consulted with 21 monasteries in the Benedictine tradition in the United States and Mexico.

She has served as a pro bono counselor at the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, and directed the counseling program at St. Charles Borremeo Church in Kansas City, Mo.

Sister Esther FangmanHer private practice includes counseling services at Keeler Women’s Center in Kansas City, Kan., a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica.

“Sister Esther reaches out to meet those suffering from rejection and sorrow, some who have lost loved ones, some exiled form their homelands, and still others tortured in heinous ways,” said Sister Anne Shepard, prioress. “Her compassionate counseling ministry is her heart’s response to the gifts God has given her.”