Grotto Garden

A place filled with prayer

“…and may he bring us all together…” ~ Rule of Benedict

The sisters of St. Gertrude have been praying and ministering on this land for more than 100 years.

But they have never been alone on this journey. From the beginning, friends, volunteers, employees, and eventually oblates (lay members) joined the sisters in living the Rule of Benedict and meeting the needs of the times.

Many partners in ministry invest in the future of the Monastery of St. Gertrude through planned giving. Devoted donors help support many ministries that continue to respond to the needs of the times: the deepening imperative for places of authentic faith, hospitality, stability, spiritual renewal, and cultural enrichment.


Honoring a Legacy

The Grotto Garden honors deceased benefactors who have made a planned gift of $10,000 or more. From the Grotto begins a path that moves up the forested hillside toward the cemetery. Along the path are stones engraved with the names of those who have helped sustain the future of the Monastery. Stones may also be placed in memory of a loved one. Although this is not a cemetery, cremated remains may be placed here. Contact us to discuss these memorial options.

Immersed in nature and in view of the vibrant Monastery campus, we remember and honor those who have supported us in ever meeting the needs of the times.

To learn more and request an information packet about participating in the Grotto Garden for you or to honor a loved one, call 208-962-5062 or email

The Grotto Garden is open April 1 through November 2, weather permitting.