COVID-19: January 13 Update

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be receiving any visitors until June 1, 2021. We will notify you on this page if there are any changes.

January 13, 2021

One of the first groups in Kansas to receive the vaccine is nursing homes and those who work with them.  Because of our interaction with Dooley Center, our care center, all of our sisters were able to receive their first COVID vaccination.  This is a step in the process toward allowing us to open up more.  Until more people are able to receive their vaccination, however, we will continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and local health departments, especially since cases of COVID-19 continue to escalate around the country.  Our tentative opening date remains June 1, 2021.  We will update you on any changes to this plan.

Eight months ago, we reluctantly closed our doors to guests and worked as a community to remain safe both in the monastery and Dooley Center, our nursing care facility. We have restricted our leaving the grounds except for essential things, such as doctor appointments. The health and well-being of everyone here, especially our residents in Dooley Center, has been our highest priority. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and local health departments to reduce our community’s risk of exposure to COVID-19. Because of the increase in cases in this area and throughout our country, we have moved our tentative date for receiving any visitors to June 1, 2021. 

We have been required to test regularly and at present test twice a week because of the increased positivity rate in our county. We have been blessed to have only a few staff members and three sisters test positive. Most of them had mild symptoms and are now symptom free. We are committed to continuing our current practices until this COVID crisis ends.

We are grateful for your continued support and prayers during this time. We miss you very much and look forward to the day when we will be able to have guests again. We are trying to keep in touch as much as possible through our virtual retreat offerings at Sophia Center, Zoom meetings with oblates, personal phone calls and letters. We continue to pray that all of you remain safe and stay well. 

Because we have many elderly sisters, some with chronic health issues, Mount St. Scholastica is taking the following measures to prevent our sisters and employees  from becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus that is spreading throughout the world:

Effective immediately and continuing through June 1, 2021, no visitors may come to the monastery or Dooley Center.

  • All on campus programs at Sophia Spirituality Center have been canceled through June 1, 2021.
  • No masses will be held at the monastery  for the present; the sisters will have a communion service on Sundays; these will not be open to the public.  We will notify you when this changes.
  • Sisters have been asked not to travel outside the Atchison area except for medical reasons.

We are sorry to take such drastic measures, but protecting the health of our sisters is our first responsibility as a community. We want to keep our guests safe as well.  We will keep you updated on any changes to the policy. Please pray for us, as we pray daily for you.

We will continue updating this page if anything changes.