Sister Jeannine Neavitt
I am an Atchison native and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Ks. In June of 1960, after converting to Catholicism in 1958, I entered the Mount community.
I graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College in 1967 with a B.S. degree in Education. In 1972, I received my M.A. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Detroit. I completed a summer program in The Pastoral Institute for Social Ministry at Notre Dame University in 1975 and in Christian Spirituality in 1982 from Creighton University in Omaha. In the fall of 2006, I spent a semester in the Sabbatical Program at Berakah Retreat Center in Pittsfield, New Hampshire.
Upon making my vows in the community of Mount St. Scholastica, I taught upper grades in Maryville, Mo; Creston, Ia; and at Co-Cathedral in St. Joseph, Mo. After graduating from Benedictine, I was principal in Defiance-Westphalia School from 1967 to 1978 and then was principal at St. Gregory’s School in Maryville, Mo. While at Defiance-Westphalia, I incorporated the Individually Guided Education Program throughout the school, first in the area of mathematics and then later adapted the program for the Religious Education curriculum.
I returned to Atchison and Benedictine, holding the position of Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Residence Life Program from 1985 to 1997. Following this, I served as Assistant Director of Sophia Center, the Mount’s Spirituality Center, until 2006, and then as Assistant Director of Keeler Women’s Center in Kansas City until 2010. I have held my present position as Director of Overnight Hospitality at Mount St. Scholastica since 2010.
When the opportunity for travel presented itself in 1993 while I was working in the Student Affairs Office at Benedictine, I made a trip to Australia, New Zealand, Bangkok, and Bangladesh. I later pursued another opportunity for enrichment by traveling to London in 1997.