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Federation of St. Gertrude delegates gather in Cottonwood

Nearly 50 Federation of St. Gertrude delegates and prioresses gathered at the Monastery of St. Gertrude June 22-27.

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Nearly 50 Federation of St. Gertrude delegates and prioresses gathered at the Monastery of St. Gertrude June 22-27.

COTTONWOOD — Nearly 50 nuns from across the nation and Canada convened June 22-27, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, for the Federation of St. Gertrude General Chapter Meeting. The Federation consists of 12 member monasteries and two affiliated ecumenical monasteries of Benedictine women in Canada and the United States. The meeting is held every three years and is open to the prioresses and two delegates from each monastery.

“We were very pleased to provide the site for the Federation Chapter conversations, presentations, sharing, prayer and celebrations that made up the substance of last week’s gathering,” said Prioress Sister Clarissa Goeckner.

The theme for the week was, “Behold I Am Doing Something New: Image, Create, Embrace!” The agenda included meetings on future planning, budget and support funds, and the election of a new president — the Federation’s liaison to Rome. Sister Joella Kidwell from the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Ind., was re-elected for another three years of service. Sister Teresa Jackson of the Monastery of St. Gertrude was elected to the Federation Council. It is a group consisting of the president and five members, two who are prioresses and three at large members.

“I’m deeply honored to be chosen for this position,” said Sister Teresa. “As Benedictines we are facing the challenge of adapting our Benedictine way of life to meet the needs of a world that is hungry for our emphasis on prayer, community and seeking a deeper relationship with God. The Federation is a dedicated, creative group of women who are up to the challenge.”

The week also included an Idaho trout dinner; a presentation by Sister Shawn Carruth, a scripture scholar from Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, Minnesota; and field trips to places such as Kooskia’s Heart of the Monster, White Bird, and the Nez Perce National Historic Park in Spalding. The delegates were amazed at the beauty of Cottonwood and the prairie, and recommended the upcoming prioresses’ meeting also be held here.


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