Monastery of St Gertrude, Cottonwood

#20 of 69 in Museums in Idaho
The Monastery of St. Gertrude is a Benedictine community which welcomes people of all faiths, richly connected through prayer. Using early Christian communities as our model, we live out the values of praying together, living together, sharing all things in common, and serving the wider community and one another. We are a Catholic religious community that intentionally manifests Benedictine spirituality in the world.

Through our growing Spirit Center retreats, our skilled facilitators minister to nearly 3,000 individuals with many backgrounds. We strive to be models for the broader community through our award-winning Peace & Justice and Care of the Land ministries. Like many Benedictine monastic communities throughout history, our monastery is serving to protect a cultural heritage as well as a spiritual one. We are preserving the past for the future through our Historical Museum that is engaged in carefully curating artifacts and faithfully interpreting the stories they represent. We are a sanctuary for the arts with dynamic classical and sacred music performances as well as art retreats and programs that serve to deepen spirituality through creativity. We express Benedictine hospitality through the Inn at St. Gertrude and other programs.

Our ministries, our community, and this sacred place are made vibrant through the extensive network of people who generously support our mission with their time, talent and financial support, including co-workers, oblates, retreatants, and our wider community of friends.

As we seek philanthropic support for our ongoing ministries, your gifts will enable us to fulfill our mission, sustain our dynamic ministries, care for sisters, and preserve and steward our buildings and grounds.

We are committed to prayer and bringing about the Kingdom of God.

Since our founding 130 years ago, our community has lived the centuries-long Benedictine legacy of continual prayer, service, and community life. Today, we seek to pass this legacy on to the next generations of our community — not just sisters, but the thousands who come to the Monastery of St. Gertrude to pray and seek God together. With your support, we can move into a bright future knowing that our presence, our ministry, our faith, and our prayers witness to the transforming power of a way of life centered on God.

Our vision:

Prayer awakens. Justice Impels.

Compassion Acts.

Thy Kingdom Come.

Our mission:

Eager to welcome God’s transforming power in ourselves and our world, we seek God together through monastic profession and respond with our core values: Healing Hospitality, Grateful Simplicity, and Creative Peacemaking
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  • Such a lovely Historic Church full of God's love, wonder and spirit! It's a glorious retreat, the walk to the cross is strenuous and educational!  more »
  • We did a personal retreat there and spent 2 nights in the retreat center. The staff is extremely friendly and the rooms in the spiritual center were very nice with each having their own bathroom...  more »
  • What a gem of a place! We were presently surprised at the openness and accepting feel towards ALL people. Hiked up to the top of the mountain behind the monastery to see the beginning of Hells Canyon, picked wild raspberries, toured the grounds. Museum was quite interesting and much larger than expected. Food was great and Sister Lillian was the most gracious host. Stay in the Spirit Center and take advantage of the library and art studio!
  • Quiet, peaceful, spiritual. The best retreat center/experience I have ever had. It is worth the time and effort to get here.

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