Benedictine Sisters initiate twelve year Strategic Plan
By Sister Mary Kay Henry, OSB
The implementation of our 2008 - 2020 Strategic Plan is a major highlight of the Monastery of St. Gertrude’s Centennial “Celebrating 100 Years ‘at Home’ in Idaho”.  Between June 2007 and July 2008 Kathy Hagler of Boise, ID, a professional group process facilitator, worked with our community to develop a long-term strategic plan.  The process included engaging 45 men and women beyond the monastery on a Planning Committee to assist us in finding out how a broad cross-section of people perceived the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of St. Gertrude’s.  The resulting 3,000 pieces of information collected from 300 people were sorted, sifted and prayed over repeatedly by the Planning Committee and the whole Benedictine Community until they took shape as our new Vision Statement:
Prayer awakens. Justice impels. Compassion acts. Thy Kingdom Come.
Prioress Clarissa Goeckner explained how “with those crucial words that would inspire us, shape us, empower us and bring us into the future” we would address six goals, each with strategies and action plans, to implement this Vision by 2020.  Hagler recommended focusing on three or four strategies each year as an achievable way to make our Vision a reality.  Since August 2008, Implementation Teams consisting of monastery members and other Planning Committee members have been diligently moving us ahead with this year’s focus areas.
Following is a summary of the Monastery’s 2008 – 2009 Strategic Plan.

Our Mission
Eager to welcome God’s transforming power in ourselves and our world, we, the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, seek God together through monastic profession and respond in healing hospitality, grateful simplicity and creative peacemaking.

Core Values
Our Core Values are: Healing Hospitality, Grateful Simplicity and Creative Peacemaking.

Our Goals
Our Goals for 2008 - 2020 will move us towards our Vision.

Goal One
Manifest Benedictine spirituality.

Goal Two
Grow a vibrant monastic community.

Goal Three
Seek mutually fulfilling, valued and supportive relationships.

Goal Four
Create a value-based public image.

Goal Five
Ensure our corporate ministries are responsive, supported and solvent.

Goal Six
Establish future financial viability.

Annual Focus
Our 2008 - 2009 strategies:

Focus Area One
Benedictine Spirituality
1. Commit to prayerful living.
2. Model healing hospitality.
3. Be creative peacemakers.

Focus Area Two
1. Recruit new membership.
2. Expand volunteer program.

Focus Area Three
Financial Stability
1. Establish goals and develop procedures for generating income and controlling expenses..

Download our complete Strategic Plan brochure on the web at  For additional information please contact the Monastery of St. Gertrude Development Office at 208-962-5062 or

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