• Fidelity to Monastic Life - 1 person – $290.00
  • Fidelity to Monastic Life - 2 people – $500.00

The suggested donation is the minimal amount needed to help us meet expenses. Those blessed with more may wish to contribute more and those who have less may give less.

Date & Time Details:
Friday, July 12 - Sunday, July 14, 2024
Check-in from 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
Supper is served at 5:30 pm.
The first session begins at 7:00 pm.
The final session concludes by 11:30 am.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, USA

Contact: Tiffany McWilliams

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With Sr. Meg Sass, OSB

July 12 - 14, 2024

The novice to be received comes before all in the oratory and promises stabilityfidelity to the monastic way of life, and obedience. This is done in the presence of God and the saints. — Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 58:17-18

Life is chaotic. Inevitably, challenges arise and we hit rough spots. St. Benedict experienced this reality 1500 years ago as we do today. The wisdom of “fidelity to monastic life” applies to any relationship or community. Marriages and families. Schools. Churches. Teams. Neighborhoods. Workplaces.

We must remain faithful to a goal. To THE goal. In this retreat, we will explore why fidelity is important and what fidelity means when circumstances change. We will explore how we have experienced difficulties and where we might find blessings in those difficulties. We will notice when we have been faithful and when we have not. We will listen for where we are called to be faithful now and in the future. We will learn what it means to be an adult Christian.

Using our own experience, Scripture stories, books, and family histories we will explore when and how we change and how we hold fast to “follow Christ more nearly” through life’s changes. This retreat is for persons listening to God’s call in their lives and able to reflect/imagine a journey that is uniquely personal yet joined to others.


The Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude and Spirit Center present three retreats based on the vows of Benedictine life: stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life, and obedience. Each retreat explores one vow and its applicability for individuals, families, churches, workplaces, and any other community. The retreats stand alone; participation in one does not require participation in the others.


Sr. Meg Sass, OSB
Monasteries are places where many encounter God. We sisters try to welcome each person as Christ and provide a setting where each one can be touched by our healing God. I have certainly experienced that in my own life. Monastic life taught me how to pray. In particular Sister Josepha, who was challenged by being both blind and deaf, taught me to pray for perseverance, to pray that I stay faithful. I want a relationship with God and I really believe doing it with a group of people whose emphasis is on prayer is the best way to do that.…
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