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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Ancient Artifact on Display at Historical Museum

by David Rauzi An artifact from the Cooper’s Ferry Excavation Site, a Western Stemmed Point that is dated to be approximately 13,000 years-old, can be viewed at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude along with interpretive features. For archaeologists, artifacts being unearthed at the excavation site at Cooper’s Ferry outside Cottonwood, are indicating much older

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We are hiring!

Museum/Welcome Center/Gift Shop Manager Monastery of St. Gertrude seeks a Museum/Welcome Center/Gift Shop Manager to provide leadership and management at the Monastery in north central Idaho.  Position includes: Staffing front desk of the Monastery’s Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Liaison with staff and volunteers for daily operations of Museum, Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Provide leadership to

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Eulogy for Sister Agnes

by Sister Teresa Jackson Imagine if you will the scene from the Acts of the Apostles that we read. It’s outside of the Temple, it’s about 3:00, it’s probably hot, dusty, busy, crowded.  And this man is laying there, like he has for years, just trying to make some alms, some money to live on. And

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In Memoriam: Sister Agnes Reichlin

“All of life is a healing journey…..I do whatever I can to help people come to that.”Sister Agnes Reichlin was born into eternal life at 8:35 a.m. on July 22, 2020. She was 86 years old and had been a Benedictine sister for 67 years. She will be remembered for her influential career in nursing,

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