First breakfast a big success
On October 16 the sisters at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood introduced approximately 30 guests from the Camas Prairie to the concluding phase of their Capital Campaign, “Growing a Future Rooted in Hope”. The Campaign is for building Spirit Center, renovating the historic monastery building and establishing endowments for Spirituality Ministry and the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.Left to right: Sr. Mary Kay Henry, Development Director, event hosts Wally and Kathy Von Bargen and Prioress Clarissa Goeckner at Spirit Center.
Event hosts Wally and Kathy Von Bargen of Lewiston, ID and Sr. Mary Kay Henry, Development Director presided over a complimentary breakfast at Spirit Center while Prioress Clarissa Goeckner presented the story of St. Gertrude’s. Attendees were delighted to discover who the sisters are, their history, what they do, what their future plans are and to learn some of the ways they impact the Prairie.
“This was a wonderful event and all who attended appreciated the sisters’ warm hospitality. It is apparent that St. Gertrude’s brings many benefits to the Prairie communities, serving as a significant spiritual, cultural and economic hub,” said Wally Von Bargen. 
On October 23, 7:00-8:15 a.m. the sisters hosted a second complimentary breakfast and lecture. The event took place in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center and was free of charge.
 “We invite friends of the monastery and the general public to come and learn more about the sisters, the monastery, Spirit Center, the Historical Museum, our Spirituality Ministry, Land Stewardship program and more,” said Sr. Mary Kay.  “Come and see how a gift to our Campaign will help build a better future for the Camas Prairie and beyond.”
For more information or to RSVP to attend the October 23 breakfast please contact Michele Byers by e-mail at or phone 208-962-5062.

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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