FAITH AND WORSHIP
With more than 200 congregations in Fort Smith alone, there is a ministry opportunity for all residents. The Fort Smith Region recognizes and embraces the diversity of its more than 300,000 regional residents. Many houses of worship are established throughout the area, serving a variety of faiths and denominations, including temples, mosques and churches.
The ministries of the Fort Smith Region are as vast as they are varied, and the region has opened its arms to a multitude of religious traditions and denominations. From the numerous Christian churches, three Catholic chapels, an abundance of ethnic churches, including Hispanic, Vietnamese and Korean, the Jewish synagogue, a Laotian Buddhist temple, two Vietnamese Buddhist temples and a Muslim mosque, all faiths are welcomed in the Fort Smith Region.
St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith serves as a landmark for the region. Founded in 1879, its towers are visible day and night. Until 1968, the nuns of St. Scholastica ran a boarding school, and until 1994, they ran various hospitals in Arkansas and Missouri. Today, the sisters continue their volunteer work in the region and have a retreat center located at the monastery. Trinity Junior High School also is located on the St. Scholastica campus.