Tim Oberholzer

Tim Oberholzer is Executive Director of the Center for Benedictine Life. In addition to managing the operations of the CBL, Tim facilitates in-person retreats and on-line programs. Tim also accompanies others as a spiritual director.

Tim spent five and a half years as a Trappist monk at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa.  Deep prayer and reflection led him to leave the community prior to making solemn profession. He moved to Idaho to be closer to his parents, discovering the Monastery of St. Gertrude through a job posting for the innkeeper position at the Inn at St. Gertrude.

Tim earned a business degree from the University of Notre Dame, studied philosophy and theology at the University of St. Thomas, and completed the Stewards of the Mystery spiritual direction training program.

Tim is a remarried widower, a committed runner, and an avid reader.

Events with Tim Oberholzer

Diffusions :: Living with Contradiction
October 17, 2024 - January 16, 2025

At each successive stage in my life I have found in St. Benedict a guide and support as I turn to him with new demands and new questions in a life whose contradictions and complexities have not – as I expected when I was younger – decreased as time goes on. My wish is that these reflections will enable others to find in the Rule the same practical help and gentle guidance that I have found. For St. Benedict is always gentle, nurturing, sensitive to each one of us as the uniquely individual person that we are. There is no…

Diffusions - Playing with Words: Benedict’s Little Rule for Beginners
October 22, 2024

St. Benedict’s “little rule written for beginners” invites us to grow in virtue through intentional living in the ordinariness of life. The text contains numerous themes to inspire and direct individuals and communities in the way of perfection. During these Zoom sessions, we will ponder the Rule of St. Benedict by “playing” with recurring words and themes.  Each month we will examine Benedict’s weaving of a different word or theme through the Rule to gain an understanding of his intention and our application. Whether you are new to the Rule or a vowed Benedictine, the hope is that you will…

Don't Tell Me What To Do: A Monastic Obedience Retreat
November 15 - 17, 2024

The novice to be received comes before all in the oratory and promises stability, fidelity 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 People often share that they would be a good fit for monastic life, “if it wasn’t for that obedience thing.” What is “that obedience thing?” Why is obedience considered onerous? What about “blind obedience?” Isn’t that equally problematic? Where is the virtue in obedience? Let’s find out together. For St. Benedict, obedience is much more than “doing what someone tells you to…

Journaling: The Sanctuary of the Heart
May 19 - 23, 2025

What is sacred space?  How do you enter it?  What are you being invited into?  How will you greet the Divine shining through this transparent world? The Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude welcomes the monastery of your heart.  Here, the quest within and the world without join hands.  Prompts of the Spirit and their counterparts in key moments, find a voice in the sanctuary of your journal, the sanctuary of the heart.  Journaling, Joan Chittister says, is an “x-ray of your soul.”  It gets beneath our facades to the bone, blood, tissue, and the spiritual…