Oblates Move Forward

Looking to the future, the oblates of the Monastery of  St. Gertrude have shifted from a traditional model of leadership and announced a new triad model of lay leadership for the oblate community. New oblate leaders are: Jane Somerton, lead coordinator; Barbara Wodynski, formation coordinator; and Debbie McCoy, administrative coordinator.  The team takes over leadership from Sister

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Baptism of the Lord

A homily by Sister Teresa Jackson, January 10, 2021 I had a whole homily prepared for today.  It had some good lines in it, possibly a good point. But I had finished it before the events of Wednesday and the riot at the nation’s capitol and the shameful images and actions of violence and desecration of

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A Message from the Prioress

Monastic Stability and God’s Transforming Vision Blessings of Christmas peace to you, You might be able to relate when we say that this year is not what we hoped it would be. Plans we made were cancelled. The people we wanted to welcome could not come. As always, what endures is the divine invitation to

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Reflection for Christmas Mass During the Night

by Sister Mary Forman, Prioress ~ December 24, 2020 Readings: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96: 1-3, 11-13; Titus 2:11-14; and Luke 2:1-14 Blessed Christmas everyone, especially to our friends who are viewing on-line! “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has

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Reflection on the Feast of St. Gertrude

by Sister Mary Forman, Prioress Readings: Judges 6:36-40; Psalm 19:8-11; Ephesians 3:14-21; Matthew 15:21-28 Happy Feast of St. Gertrud! We will soon be moving into the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  In anticipation of Nativity, we heard in the reading at Morning Praise from Gertrud’s Herald II.6 about her desire to assist Mary, the mother

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Keeping the House

When Peggy Matson applied to work at the Monastery in 1988, she was newly married and working at a local bar. Her mom’s best friend, Jeanette Nuxoll, worked in the St. Gertrude’s  kitchen and suggested Peggy apply. Sister Sylveria hired her and soon Peggy was creating meals alongside Jeanette and another long-time legend of the

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Coordinating a Major Renovation

Oblate Jo-Anne Zimmer is overseeing the historic renovation of the Annex. As a retired self-employed general contractor who spent her career in new construction and as a kitchen remodel specialist, she brings tremendous skills and experience to the work. Her arrival as a live-in volunteer upon her retirement six years ago combined with emerging building

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