VisitWe are a Catholic religious community that intentionally manifests Benedictine spirituality in the world. At St. Gertrude’s we strive to a be a welcoming and inclusive community, as Benedictine hospitality and community are some of our core values. We welcome people of all backgrounds as we focus on what brings us together more than what separates us. We are part of the Federation of St. Gertrude, which includes approximately 650 professed sisters. Getting Here
What’s Happening at St. Gertrude’s?
Spirit Center Retreats
Spirit Center draws upon the core values of the Monastery of St. Gertrude — Healing Hospitality, Grateful Simplicity and Creative Peacemaking — in its role as a center for the exploration and promotion of the arts, spirituality, history, and social justice. We offer contemplative space for learning, renewal and crucial conversation as we partner with others for a better world.
Responding to the world’s profound hunger for depth and meaning, our Spirituality Ministry nurtures and supports the individual spiritual journey of all faith traditions. Rooted in our Benedictine spirituality, we offer certified spiritual direction, private retreats and group retreats. Inviting inner transformation and deeper connection with our Creator, we welcome each person into a sacred space.
St. Gertrude’s L.I.v.e.
Community is an essential aspect of Benedictine life. In the very first chapter of the Rule, St. Benedict issues harsh words for monks wandering in worldly ways without the support of an intentional community. The rural location of many monasteries and the day-to-day commitments of most people conspire to limit regular access to Benedictine communities. St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E. (Living In a Virtual Environment) extends a virtual bridge to dispersed Benedictines. Our virtual programs offer opportunities to learn, grown, apply, and share aspects of the Benedictine life and monastic spirituality when you are unable to visit St. Gertrude’s in-person.
Our mission is to preserve the rich heritage of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Camas Prairie, Snake River, Salmon River, and surrounding areas. View special exhibits, including the stories of the Benedictine sisters, the Nez Perce people, and fascinating local characters such as Polly Bemis and Buckskin Bill. Visit a replica of the original attic museum began by Sister Alfreda Elsensohn, celebrated Idaho historian and foundress of the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. Join us for our annual Raspberry Festival fundraiser, Lecture Series, and other fun and educational family events.
Inn at st. gertrude’s
Welcome to Benedictine hospitality on the Camas Prairie!
Enjoy Monastery-made jam, bread, and desserts. Celebrate your anniversary and other special occasions in warmth and tranquility. Open year-round.
The Inn at St. Gertrude offers four well-appointed, air conditioned rooms with pillow-top mattresses and private baths. Each smoke-free room features beautiful antiques, warm inviting colors and outdoor living space, along with a flatscreen TV and wireless internet access.
Concerts in the chapel are on hold due to the pandemic. Please check back later for more information.
Set against the beautiful background of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho.