Sharing Hope: Monsignor Andy Schumacher

“Hope is an attitude of the heart which tells me God is present in our world,” says Monsignor Andrew (Andy) Schumacher. “We must give hope to one another.” The Benedictine sisters and Msgr. Andy have been in a relationship of sharing hope since he was a boy. He was taught by the sisters and the

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Meet a Mystic: Saint Basil the Great

The rooms in Spirit Center are named for famous mystics and monastics. Each Canticle features one of them. Saint Basil the Great (330-379) was a theologian who also had a vital and visionary grounding in ministry. He supported the Nicene Creed, was a famous preacher, and became bishop of Caesarea. He cared for the underprivilged,

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Living as a Monk in Everyday Life

A Q&A with facilitator Sister Teresa Jackson, OSB “Living as a Monk in Everyday Life” with Sister Teresa Jackson is a nine-month Benedictine spirituality cohort program that begins with a week-long retreat October 2-8, 2017.  What inspired you to create this program? My primary inspiration has been seeing the number of lay people who feel

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Praying All the Time: Sister Esther Velasquez

While her sisters keep the traditional Divine Office back at home in Cottonwood, Sister Esther has created a rhythm of prayer that nourishes her life on mission in Spokane. She begins the day with scripture and sometimes a meditation on a saint, then attends 8 a.m. Mass at St. Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga University

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Recreating Sister Alfreda’s Attic

Siamese twin piglets perfectly preserved from when they were stillborn on a local farm decades ago, a mounted golden eagle with wings outstretched, an antique trumpet. These types of artifacts comprised Sister Alfreda Elsensohn’s emerging collection that she began to display in 1931 in the old St. Gertrude’s Academy attic. So began the Historical Museum

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Job Opening: Cook

The Monastery of St. Gertrude is seeking a responsible cook. This is a full-time position with benefits. Successful applicant will work well with a team in creating family-style meals, be able to follow directions, be flexible in working arrangements, and be willing to work regular weekends and holidays. To request an application, call 208-962-5053. Or,

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Sharing the Love: John and Joan Carley

Stories of Friends of St. Gertrude’s John and Joan Carley are donors who made a significant impact in the recent new WiFi network and computer project for St. Gertrude’s. They learned about the project in last fall’s appeal that explained how the Monastery’s existing network and equipment dated back to the early days of the

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Speaking Out For the Earth

by Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth At the Monastery of St. Gertrude, this year’s Earth Day activity took the form of advocacy. The sisters gathered on Wednesday evening, April 19, to speak out for the earth by writing postcards that will be sent to our senators and representatives concerning legislative decisions that directly impact the wellbeing

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