A Brief Timeline of Our Community History

November 11, 1863 Seven Benedictine sisters come to Atchison, Kansas, to open a school for girls.  An icon of Mother Evangelista Kremmter, our founding prioress is pictured at the right.

December 1863 Mount St. Scholastica Academy is opened.

1877 The sisters purchase Price Villa at a public auction and move their community and the Academy there. The building was renamed St. Cecilia's. Here's an article from the Atchison newspaper in 1873 about Price Villa.

1877 The first mission is established outside of Atchison: Sisters go out to live and teach in Seneca, Kansas. The sisters spread to other towns in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, on teaching missions.

1900 The monastery and choir chapel, which we continue to use today, were built.

1904/1906 Mount St. Scholastica receives eight Benedictine sisters from France, who are refugees from the 1904 expulsion of priests and religious in that country.

1923 Mount St. Scholastica College opens.

1939 St. Scholastica Chapel is built to serve the needs of the sisters and the students at Mount St. Scholastica College.

1944 The Mount sisters establish their first daughterhouse, Monasterio de San Benito, in Mexico City. It becomes an independent monastery in 1950.

1949 Donnelly College, a ministry of the Benedictine sisters, opens in Kansas City, Kansas, where it continues to this day.

1952 The sisters establish a daughterhouse, St. Lucy's Priory, in Glendora, California. It becomes independent in 1956.

1960 Another daughterhouse, Benet Hill Priory, opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It becomes independent in 1965.

1963 Mount St. Scholastica celebrates its centennial year. S. Mary Faith Schuster writes the community history, "The Meaning of the Mountain."

1964 Sisters establish a daughterhouse Mosteiro Santa Maria Mãe de Deus in Mineiros, Goias, Brazil.

1971 Mount St. Scholastica College merges with St. Benedict's College to form Benedictine College.

2009 The Sisters of Benedict of Red Plains Monastery in Piedmont, Oklahoma, transfer their vows to Atchison.

November 2012 - November 2013 Sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of the community.

Community Histories:

The Meaning of the Mountain by Sister Mary Faith Schuster, Helicon Press, Baltimore, 1963.  (A history of the first 100 years from 1863-1963)

Monastic Springs by Sister Paula Howard , Lulu.com, 2013.  (A history of the Mount from 1963-2013.)

Mother Evangelista

A favorite quote of Mother Evangelista Kremmeter, our foundress: "The love of Jesus keeps me from fearfulness."

Icon written by S. Paula Howard © Mount St. Scholastica 2005


This cross was on top of the Mount St. Scholastica College Administration Building. It now stands in a meditation garden where this building once stood.