COVID-19: Oct. 2nd Update

We will not be accepting any visitors until January 1, 2021. We will notify you on this page if there are any changes.

It has been 6 ½ months since we have closed our doors to guests and worked as a community to remain safe both in the Monastery and in Dooley Center, our health care facility.   We have restricted our leaving the grounds except for essential things such as doctor appointments.  The health and well-being of every sister as well as our staff, and especially the sisters and residents in our Dooley Center has been the highest priority.  We have followed the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and local health departments.  We have implemented visitor restrictions, proactive resident education programs, and staff training on new protocols. Through these efforts we are helping to reduce our community’s risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

During this time, we have been tested numerous times. In fact, we are testing twice a week since COVID-19 cases in the county have gone up this past month.  We feel lucky that only four staff members have tested positive as well as two contracted providers.  Only one sister has tested positive and was quarantined to a designated place for 10 days (as recommended by the guidelines).   She has been symptom free for 10 days.

We are committed to continuing in this way until the COVID-19 crisis ends.

We thank you for your support at this time and especially for your prayers.  We also thank our employees who have so generously limited their activities and have worn masks to keep us safe here and wherever else they go. 

We continue to pray for you also.

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 the end this year (January 1, 2021), no visitors may come to the monastery or Dooley Center.

  • All programs at Sophia Spirituality Center have been canceled through the end of December.
  • 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.