Our Chaplain

With the exception of a four-year hiatus, Father Meinrad Schallberger has been the sisters’ chaplain since 1999. He is a Benedictine monk from the Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome, Idaho, and his connection to the sisters goes way back. “My dad and his brother came to America from Switzerland directly to St. Gertrude’s. My grandmother knew Mother Hildegard Vogler, so she sent the boys to Cottonwood when they immigrated.” As he is also a chaplain for nearby St. Mary’s Hospital, his welcoming and wise pastoral presence is experienced by many.