Benedictines are known for having hospitality toward the past and the stories that tell us who we are. Some historians have attributed the survival of Western culture through the Middle Ages to the Benedictine monasteries of Europe. Sister Miriam Mendez oversees the Monastery of St. Gertrude archives for similar reasons. “It’s our community’s history. If we don’t understand our history, how do we know where we are going?” she asked.March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..