Author: Monastery of St. Gertrude

Sisters Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

St. Martin’s, a Benedictine university and abbey in Lacey, Washington, recognized the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude with the Distinguished Alumnae Award. St. Martin’s also honored the sisters for their years of service. Eight recipients were presented with the awards during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Prioress Sister Mary Forman and

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Going Beyond with Sister Teresa

Do you have a longing for something more? That’s the question Sister Teresa often asks people through a variety of projects and programs in which she is engaged. It is also the question that prompted her toward religious life. Sister Teresa Jackson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California without any particular faith

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Mentoring the Remaking of a Museum

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is in the final phase of a five-year remodel project. Guiding in this effort have been husband-and-wife historians Keith Petersen and Mary Reed. Both are recipients of Idaho’s Esto Perpetua Award for distinguished service to Idaho history. They have directed an array of history projects around the state. Mary

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Sister Mary Forman Attends Prioress Meeting

The annual meeting of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses (CBP) was held in Yankton, South Dakota, beginning January 28 through February 4, 2020.  Sister Mary Forman, prioress of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, was one of forty-four participants in attendance. Besides the United States, Benedictine sisters came from the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico. The purpose

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Artists-in-Residence Bring Global Perspectives

Artist Rachel Emenaker speaks speaks three languages. Dutch, Russian, and English all reflect her global education — from her childhood in Suriname attending a Dutch international school to spending her high school years in Moscow, Russia. It was her father’s work as a bush pilot that took the family around the world. After graduating with

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Creating, Together

St. Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” “Embracing

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Reflections from the Prioress: Christmas Vigil

Readings: Isaiah 9:1-6, Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; and Luke 2:1-14 Blessed Christmas everyone!  I am go glad so many of you could join us for this special celebration commemorating our Lord’s birth. Our first reading from Isaiah speaks of a “people who walked in darkness,” which referred to the darkness of oppression under the foreign

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In Memoriam: Sister Evangela Bossert, OSB

January 2, 1930 ~ December 16, 2019 “The heart is the deep center of the self where God abides.” Sister Evangela Bossert, OSB, was born into eternal life at 1:36 p.m. on December 16, 2019, in the presence of her sisters and caregivers at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho. She was 89

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A Christmas Musical Celebration

The Idaho County Orchestra, led by Jean Melching, will perform a variety of popular and sacred Christmas music at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel. Included in the program will be ensembles within the group. The title of the program is “A Musical Celebration.” Violins include: Carletta Allen, Lana

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A Passion for Ethiopian Icons

A walk into St. Gertrude’s chapel, through the hall, and down to the refectory will bring a guest into view of several icons. They have been created — or written — by the late Sister Carolyn Miguel, visiting priests, and past participants of Father Damian Higgins’ icon retreat that happens each year. These images come

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