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.
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.
Our Core Values are: Healing Hospitality, Grateful Simplicity and Creative
Our Goals for 2008 - 2020 will move us towards our Vision.
Manifest Benedictine spirituality.
Grow a vibrant monastic community.
Seek mutually fulfilling, valued and supportive relationships.
Create a value-based public image.
Ensure our corporate ministries are responsive, supported and solvent.
Establish future financial viability.
Our 2008 - 2009 strategies:
Focus Area One
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
1. Establish goals and develop procedures for generating income and
Download our complete Strategic Plan brochure on the web at www.StGertrudes.org.
For additional information please contact the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Development Office at 208-962-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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