To protect our Sisters, the Monastery and Chapel are closed to the public. The Museum, Gift Shop, Inn, and our beautiful grounds are open.

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.


Compassion Acts

August 12 – 14, 2022

Compassion Acts is an experiential retreat encompassing numerous topics including: empathy, compassion, self-compassion, perfectionism, forgiveness, suffering, disability, The Two Wolves at the Door, One Good Deed, and works of compassion. Over the course of the weekend, Sr. Kim will present each topic through personal stories and select videos.


Living as a Monk in Everyday Life

August 22-28, 2022

In this nine-month program, we will focus on how ordinary people can integrate Benedictine monastic prayer, values and structures into their lives outside of a monastery. The program begins with a week-long retreat at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.  Over the next nine months participants will take online classes in Benedictine spirituality, participate in online discussions with other participants, explore suggested readings and do regular integration/reflection exercises.


A Watercolor Journey II

SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2022

Take the next step toward becoming a confident watercolorist. Revisit the techniques learned in “A Watercolor Journey” and move forward to new skills. Any beginner class will serve as a prerequisite for this retreat. All materials provided.


Introduction to Centering Prayer

SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2022

Experience a contemplative prayer form that has the potential to transform your spiritual life. This introductory retreat will provide the background and fundamentals of Centering Prayer and teach how to develop a continuing practice.


An Attitude of Gratitude Yoga Retreat

NOVEMBER 1-3, 2022

This Yoga retreat will focus on our deep inner need to begin each day with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE and a brief time of silence and reflection.  There will be a variety of Yoga sessions focusing on restorative/gentle yoga as well as exploring how challenge within our yoga postures can also bring about a sense of gratitude for how our bodies move and stretch. Beginning “yogis” welcome!


Renovation Update

In 2021, St. Gertrude’s crossed the fundraising goal line for the $2.3 million renovation project of the 72-year-old residential wing. In April 2021, the sisters moved back in. “After years of planning, design, and construction we are at completion! This has required the efforts of so many to make this possible,” wrote Oblate Jo-Anne Zimmer in a recent update. “We have gone from a 72-year-old building to a more modern space with the major highlights being private bathrooms, larger spaces, an asbestos-free environment, added insulation to the outside walls, updated plumbing and electrical, and more. It’s a joy to watch this spring into completion!”

Visit Us

The Welcome Center, Historical Museum, Inn, and Spirit Center are open. The Chapel remains closed due to Covid-19. 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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