After prayerful deliberation, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, have elected Sister Esther Fangman, OSB, as the 12th prioress in their 153-year history.
Fangman is a native of Seneca, educated by Benedictine sisters at St. Benedict. She received a doctorate in counseling from Idaho State University and has used her training in a number of counseling settings.
Currently, she is in private practice, serving clients in the Kansas City area. She was also president of the Federation of St. Scholastica, a national federation of Benedictine women’s monasteries, from 1998 to 2010.
She follows Sister Anne Shepard, who has served the community as prioress for the past 12 years.
Shepard praised the community’s choice saying, “Having lived and served with Sister Esther in Kansas City as well as Atchison, I find her to be a woman of faith, compassion and competency. Our community will be blessed with her as our new prioress.”
In accepting this new role, Fangman said, “I am honored to be chosen to serve such a prayerful group of women.”
Fangman will begin her six-year term of leadership with a Mass and installation ceremony on Sunday, July 9 at the monastery.
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