The Sisters at the Monastery of St. Gertrude hosted a group of 24 Benedictine Sisters for the 12th Annual Benedictine Subprioresses and House Coordinators Gathering in September.
Those who attended traveled from 20 different monasteries across the United States, including New Jersey, Florida, Kentucky and more. They were enthralled with the beauty of the prairie, the autumn colors, warm days and mountain views.
The theme for the week-long workshop was Benedictine Leadership and how the sisters' spirituality influences all those people with whom they share their lives and ministries.
Sisters Mary Forman and Barbara Jean Glodowski, both of St. Gertrude's in Cottonwood, made presentations to the group. Sr. Mary Forman spoke on "Ministry of Authority and Consultation: Rule of Benedict and Monastic Life Today," and Sr. Barbara Jean gave a workshop on "The Gift of Wisdom: Deepening Your Spiritual Vitality and Intimacy."
Sr. Carol Ann Wassmuth shared with the group the sisters' Care of the Land Philosophy and gave them a Forestry 101 lesson. Included in the workshop was a tour of the grounds, the cemetery, the forest around the monastery and the upper meadow. Sr. Placida Wemhoff treated everyone who could make it up the hill to a pancake dinner.