Timeline of Events

November 11, 1863

Seven Benedictine sisters arrive in Atchison, Kansas, with the purpose of opening a school for girls. Our foundress, Mother Evangelista Kremmeter, is pictured below. 

Evangelista Kremmeter, old photo, nun, habit

December 1863

Mount St. Scholastica Academy is opened.

1877

The sisters purchase Price Villa at a private auction and move the Academy and the community there. The building was renamed St. Cecilia’s.

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 still use today, are 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 students at Mount St. Scholastica College. 

1944

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 Mount St. Scholastica, opens in Kansas City, Kansas. 

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. Sister Mary Faith Schuster writes the community history, The Meaning of the Mountain.

1964

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

1971

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

2004

Sophia Spirituality Center moves to its current location.

Retreat Center

2006

Keeler Women’s Center Opens

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.