Julie Ferraro, Obl.S.B.

Julie A. Ferraro is a Benedictine Oblate of the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, Idaho. She has studied both Franciscan and Benedictine spirituality since the 1970s, and has a background in journalism and communications extending over 30 years. She currently uses her communication and other skills in service to various organizations within the Benedictine family, including the Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.

Events with Julie Ferraro, Obl.S.B.

Grateful Simplicity
March 15 - 17, 2024

Lent presents marvelous opportunities for spiritual housecleaning, to refresh the way we look at God, at ourselves, at others, and at the world. Using concepts drawn from Benedictine and Franciscan spirituality, this holistic retreat will provide suggestions and insights about decluttering body, mind, and soul, shaking the dust off old ideas, and rearranging what is important, in order to move forward on a journey of gratitude, with openness and awareness that every experience, every person we meet, can teach us valuable lessons that bring us closer to God.   Spirit Center and the Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery…

Contemplative Photography
May 24 - 26, 2024

With modern cell phones able to take photos, anyone can snap pictures. What, though, do we see in those photos? This retreat will offer participants an opportunity to see – and photograph – the natural surroundings at the monastery and other sights, while contemplating the purpose of those efforts, the results, and how the spiritual journey can progress while considering the beauty being captured with digital technology. (Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their DSLR or another style camera or cell phone with a high-resolution camera.)