launces public phase of capital campaign
The sisters at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood are excited to announce the public phase of “Growing a Future Rooted in Hope” – their Capital Campaign for building Spirit Center, renovating the historic monastery building and establishing endowments for Retreat Ministry and the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. Their families, friends, work associates, charitable foundations and others have gifted them with 90% of their $5,000,000 capital campaign goal.
“Although our project and campaign have not been a secret and 12% of the campaign gifts have come from the local communities, we chose to save the best for last. When deciding how to engage our friends and benefactors in our mission and ministries and in our campaign, we chose to begin with those at a distance and work our way ‘home’ to the Prairie,” explains Sr. Mary Kay Henry, Director of Development for the monastery. “We will continue to invite people from many places to help us grow a strong future, but as we begin our second 100 years of service among you, we want the Prairie communities to know how much we count on your support to ‘grow a future rooted in hope’ for all of us.”
On October 16, 9:30-10:45 a.m. and October 23, 7:00-8:15 a.m. the sisters are hosting complimentary breakfasts at Spirit Center at St. Gertrude to present their story and share the monastery’s project and campaign with their closest friends and neighbors – the people of Keuterville, Cottonwood, Greencreek, Ferdinand, Grangeville, Craigmont, and Nezperce. They invite those who have known the sisters a long time and those who are less familiar with the monastery and the sisters; those who are Catholic and those who are from other traditions. Come and find out who the sisters are, what they do, and what their future plans are; learn some of the ways they impact the Prairie spiritually, culturally and economically. See how a gift to their project will help build a better future for the Camas Prairie and beyond.
For more information or to RSVP to attend a breakfast please contact Michele Byers by e-mail at mbyers@StGertrudes.org or phone 208-962-5062.