Benedictines in the World

New Ways to Be Monastic

At the Monastery of St. Gertrude we share the Benedictine charism: a way of life, seeking God in community. This means that all aspects of our lives flow from this commitment to Benedictine spirituality.  We are committed to values and practices of prayer, community, service, hospitality as a way of transforming ourselves and our world.

We are a community of professed sisters who are partnering with lay people to explore new ways to enable people to live Benedictine spirituality in their lives. We have established programs that help people explore and live Benedictine life apart from traditional, professed monastic life. Some of our established programs include:

Benedictine Volunteers

Women and men who come and live at the monastery, providing work in exchange for room and board and a chance to experience monastic life first hand. Learn more about becoming a volunteer…

Oblate Community

Oblates of the Monastery of St. Gertrude are women and men committed to living Benedictine spirituality in their daily lives and to forming community in nine local area groups across the Northwest. They gather regularly in local groups. Learn more about oblates…


Artists who want to spend up to a month focusing on their art in a monastic setting are welcome. Learn more about artist residencies…

Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort

Explore how the Benedictine monastic life can be lived by ordinary people seeking God in their everyday lives. This nine-month cohort program begins with a retreat, followed by nine months of intensive remote instruction and a concluding retreat. Learn more and inquire…

Gertrude’s Neighbors

Over the last several years a number of volunteers, oblates and employees have intentionally moved to the local area around St. Gertrude’s in order to be closer to the Monastery and to live, work or volunteer there.  The group gathers several times a year for fellowship and formation in Benedictine values and practices.

Benedictine Cohousing Companions

Our exciting new project is to develop “co-housing” for single women.  Co-housing means people who intentionally live together in close proximity for the purpose of developing community.  In our case we are actively developing a community of committed women sharing our Monastery who will then commit themselves to forming a community based on Benedictine spirituality.  These women would share meals, prayer and other common activities with the sisters. Learn more…

Oblates for the Future

This is a period of significant change that monasteries of the Western Hemisphere are currently experiencing; we are exploring creative responses to the impact that these changes will bring to oblate communities. Learn more…

SOUND INTERESTING?                                                                                                           

If any of these possibilities sound interesting you may want to come to one of our “New Ways to be Benedictine” weeks.  These are week-long programs that allow you to visit the Monastery, meet other interested people, learn more about the programs and Benedictine life.  

Please note, an application and references are required and we may determine this program may not be a good fit.  There is no cost if accepted.

For more information please contact: Sr. Teresa Jackson OSB,   Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Rd. Cottonwood, ID 83522 


Benedictine Programs Inquiry

If you would like more information on any of these ways to learn more about Benedictine spirituality, please fill out the form below.