Author: Monastery of St. Gertrude

COVID-19 Update

The ministries sponsored by the Monastery of St. Gertrude will be open tentatively to the public on May 30, according to the Stage 3 “Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho,” issued by Governor Brad Little (see https://rebound.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/opening-up-guidlines.pdf).  Guests will be required to wear masks and are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. The Monastery of

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On the Road to Emmaus

In preparation for the hearing and living the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter, we at the Monastery have been reading Benedictine Abbot Primate Gregory Polan’s article, “‘As We Await the Blessed Hope’: Reflections on the Biblical Meaning of ‘Hope’,” American Benedictine Review 71.1 (March 2020), 32-53, an address he gave to the gathering

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Update on the Sisters

by Sister Mary Forman, Prioress We are doing fine and are blessed to have Fr. Meinrad Schallberger as resident chaplain, so we could have Triduum and Easter Week services, all the while offering prayers and intentions for all unable to attend either our services or those of their respective churches. We have put in place the

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Reflection for Easter Vigil

Given by Prioress Sister Mary Forman, OSB, April 11, 2020 Happy Easter everyone! It seems so strange not to have our chapel full of our friends to celebrate with us, so we will pray on their behalf and on behalf of their loved ones. The Gospel for this celebration is one rich in symbolism and meaning

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Celebrating the Paschal Mystery of Holy Week

Part I.  Explanation of the Celebrations of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Vigil Holy Week or the Great Week represents “the most solemn liturgies of the liturgical year in the Christian Church,” because this week celebrates “the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Lent has begun the cycle of prayer and penance

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From the Prioress: Reflection on the Coronavirus

Prioress Sister Mary Forman gave this reflection to the sisters at last Wednesday’s house meeting. In the midst of the coronavirus, there has been much for us to pray for these days, not only the folks suffering from the virus and families, who have lost loved ones, but also all the folks losing their jobs

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From the Prioress: Do All Things with Counsel

by Prioress Sister Mary Forman During the Christmas season we hear the titles for the Messiah, whose coming to save all peoples, were outlined in Isaiah 9:5-6a: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His

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A Forest Mentor

Benedictine tradition includes the reverent care for and use of all things, so that the earth can be a healthy and enduring home for all creatures. We steward 1,400 acres of beautiful land, which includes farm, grazing land, gardens, and orchards, as well as 1,000 acres of forest.  Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth is a master

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