Center for Benedictine Life

We are the Monastery

The Center for Benedictine Life
at the Monastery of St. Gertrude:


All of us: The Monastery of St. Gertrude is more than just the sisters; it is becoming the Center for Benedictine Life which includes sisters, oblates, employees, cohousing, volunteers, friends and benefactors.

Sharing Benedict:
Our purpose is to share Benedictine spirituality, values and practices with the world.

With New Purpose & Leadership: St. Gertrude’s will continue into the future as the Center for Benedictine Life, creating new ministries and supported by new forms of leadership.

June 13, 2022

The members of the Center for Benedictine Life commit to ongoing formation “as we deepen our understanding of liturgy, prayer, spirituality, and ecology in order to share these values.”

November 12, 2023

Our vision


Prayer awakens. Justice impels.

Compassion acts.


Thy Kingdom Come.



Prayers for Mothers in May

During the month of May, the Center for Benedictine Life community will remember in prayer all mothers – living and deceased.
Submit the names of those you wish included on the prayer list using the form on this webpage!


Now Hiring – Multiple Positions

The Center for Benedictine Life seeks to hire full-time and part-time Certified Nursing Assistants or Caregivers for the evening and night shifts, with a flexible schedule and shift differential.
We also seek a part-time gardener.
Read more and apply:

Join Us in Prayer and Fasting for an end to the conflicts in the

Middle East, Ukraine and an End to Gun Violence.

We ask that you pray with us for peace and wellbeing for all.

Our Ministries

Historical Museum

Spirit Center

Inn at St. Gertrude

 Enjoy One of the Upcoming Retreats


All are welcome!

Individual Retreat

flexible dates

St. Benedict said, “Listen with the ear of your heart.” Why? It is this type of listening that allows the hearing of divine wisdom and inspiration that guides our lives into ever-increasing fullness, peace, and joy. But sometimes the noise and blur of life make that difficult. That is why we offer you the opportunity to come to Spirit Center and listen.


Centering Prayer Intensive

April 8-14. 2024

This retreat provides an opportunity to deepen one’s established Centering Prayer practice by building to 4 ½ hours of prayer time at mid-week. 

Discovering Your Soul Potential: A Retreat on the Breakthrough Enneagram

April 16-18, 2024

This retreat presents the Enneagram in the simple language of thinking, feeling, and doing, which are the three centers of intelligence we use every day.  It answers the age-old question, “why do people do what they do?”

Visit Us

All are welcome to visit the monastery chapel, the Welcome Center, Museum, Spirit Center and the Inn at St. Gertrude.   The Welcome Center and Historical Museum Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in the Pacific Time Zone.

For those who are unable to visit, the 11:30 am Sunday Mass is livestreamed on our Facebook page.