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St. Scholastica Monastery
1301 South Albert Pike
Post Office Box 3489
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3489
The St. Scholastica Monastery was founded in January 1879 by four Benedictine sisters from the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Since then, St. Scholastica sponsored five hospitals: staffed sixty-two elementary schools in five states, twelve music schools, and two orphanages. The sisters also staffed three high schools for boarding and day students:
St. Scholastica Monastery has a total of more than seventy professed members and sisters.
The community’s primary ministry remains living the monastic life and caring for the spiritual life of others. For vocation information, retreat schedule or spiritual help visit their site at http://www.stscho.org/
To arrange for an interior tour of the monastery, call 479-783-4147 at least one day in advance.
Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds during the day.
Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle
617 Louisiana Street
Little Rock, Arkansas
The early history of the Cathedral parish began with the coming to Little Rock of the priests from the Diocese of St. Louis. According to church records, the first Mass celebrated in Little Rock was celebrated by Fr. Peter Donnelly in 1830, in a room over Dugan's Store at 2nd and Main Streets. As the number of Catholics grew, a building on East Markham near Third Street was later used for religious purposes. In 1839, Fr. Joseph Richard Bole and Fr. Paris were sent to Little Rock to build a permanent structure on the grounds formerly occupied by the Arcade Building between 6th and 7th Streets on Louisiana.