Benedictine Sisters Monastery
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude Monastery
The Benedictine Sisters have ministered in The Diocese of Wilmington in both Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for over 125 years, primarily as educators in elementary and high schools. During that time period the Sisters made their home at St. Gertrude Monastery in Ridgely, Maryland; however, due to the fact that their numbers were fewer and their ability to meet their needs was limited by their rural location, they decided to relocate.
In 2015, the Sisters settled on a new location in New Castle County and signed a lease for over 3 acres of land with the Diocese at The Holy Family Parish site near Newark. This would be the location of their new Monastery. This location moves them closer to medical care, gives them access to major transportation routes and amenities that would better serve the needs of the community.
Completed in 2018, the new 15,000 square foot Monastery includes 14 fully accessible Bedroom Suites in two separate wings, along with a Kitchen & Dining Room, Archives, Administrative Area and a Chapel. The bedroom suites are comfortable and welcoming, with private baths, walk-in and seasonal closets. The Kitchen and Dining Rooms are brightly lit and well-appointed with contemporary appliances and cherry wood cabinetry. The Chapel resonates with warmth as wood paneling draws your attention for worship and reflection. In the center of the facility is their comfortable Community Room with a fireplace. Adjoining this room is a glass enclosed four-seasons porch that looks directly into a courtyard. The centerpiece of the courtyard is a marble statue of their patroness, St. Gertrude, that was relocated from Ridgely. The statue reminds the Sisters of their historic roots, but also acts as a focal point for the new Monastery they now call home.
Construction by Bancroft Construction Company