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

Our vision


Prayer awakens. Justice impels.

Compassion acts.


Thy Kingdom Come.


Join Us in Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine

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

Historical Museum

Spirit Center

Inn at St. Gertrude



Featured News, Events, Community Members

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.


Healing Hospitality

MARCH 3 – 5, 2023

Jesus described the Kingdom as a place where “the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the Good news brought to them.” Over and over he included people, in his family, at his meals, in his circle of friends. All felt welcome, at home. We’ll look at how the healing and feeding stories of the Gospel play out in our lives and the ways we extend them to others.


A Watercolor Journey

MARCH 7-9, 2023

Explore watercolor painting with step-by-step instructions on the use of color and light and capturing mood and emotion. Paint with confidence and trust God in the flowing of color in your life.


Centering Prayer Intensive

MARCH 13 – MARCH 19, 2023

Enhance your contemplative prayer life and expand the fundamentals of your Centering Prayer practice through this intensive weeklong retreat in a quiet, transformative setting.

Discovering Your Soul Potential

APRIL 18 – 20, 2023

The Enneagram is a spiritual wisdom tradition that was widely used by the desert Elders of the Christian church along with mystics and theologians who lived during the first five centuries AD. The Hurley/Dobson Breakthrough Enneagram Retreat is a refreshingly new and easy way to learn the Enneagram.

Hearts on Fire: The Medieval Mystics and Their Spirituality

MAY 5 – 7, 2023

Monastic women who experienced God as visionaries and/or mystics serve as powerful teachers for a loving relationship with God.

Visit Us

The Welcome Center, Historical Museum, Inn, and Spirit Center are open. The Chapel is open. We are livestreaming Sunday Mass at 11:30 a.m. on our Facebook page. We are on Pacific Time. Welcome Center and Historical Museum Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
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