About our Prioress

Sister Esther Fangman, OSB

After prayerful deliberation, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, elected Sister Esther Fangman, OSB, as the twelfth prioress in their 153 year history. Sister Esther is the daughter of Paul and Florence Stallbaumer Fangman, and was raised in the Seneca, Kansas, area. Educated and inspired by Benedictine Sisters in St. Benedict, Kansas, she entered the monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in 1963 and subsequently graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College. 

She later recieved a master's degree from the University of Dayton as a school psychologist. With a doctorate in counseling from Idaho State University, she has worked as a parish counselor and a consultant to schools and to the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. She has spent many years in private practice, serving clients in the Kansas City area, especially the victims of trauma.

She has served on many community committees and as a member of the monastic council. She was also president of the Federation of St. Scholastica, a national federation of Benedictine women's monasteries, from 1998-2010.

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