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.


Come to the Quiet


Come away for a silent, individually directed retreat with optional faith sharing, creative expression, body prayer, and ritual. Relax in God’s presence, surrounded by natural beauty and supported by a praying community.


The Sacred Art of Traditional Iconography

FEBRUARY 13 – 17, 2023

“Holy icons direct us toward the Divine.” Fr. Damian Higgins is an iconographer whose works are featured around the world. Don’t miss this encounter with sacred Christian art using traditional egg tempera. Materials provided; no experience is necessary.


Lenten Yoga Journey

FEBRUARY 24 – 26, 2023

Strengthening our Lenten journey through the spiritual discipline of Yoga. Lent can be an excellent time to ponder on the spiritual disciplines that have strengthened our internal journey. The practice of Yoga is a discipline with a rich and long history. Allowing ourselves to increasingly surrender our practice of Yoga into a “prayer language and dance” can lead us further into what can be a rich and fruitful Lenten journey which can continue long after our Easter Joy returns.


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.


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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