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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From the Prioress: The Beginning of Wisdom

Often when we hear the expression “fear of the Lord/God,” it conjures up images and experiences from our past of a God who is out to punish, who is on the watch to see if we are good, or who visits people with bad things if we are not good. Unfortunately, those images and experiences

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In Memoriam: Sister Joan Smith, OSB

May 30, 1929 ~ October 17, 2020 “That in all things God may be glorified.” Sister Joan Smith, OSB, was born into eternal life at 6:41 a.m. on October 17, 2020, in the presence of her sisters and caregivers at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho. She was 91 years old and had

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