The Benedictine Sisters visit each class twice in Monastic Meetings to tell about the Benedictine charism, the history of the Sisters, and Benedictine Saints, including Saints Benedict, Scholastica and Gertrude. The freshman class and the senior class travel to Bristow, Virginia to St. Benedict Monastery to see the community in action, walk the grounds, and visit two of the Sisters’ ministries: B.E.A.C.O.N., the literacy program, and BARN, Inc., a residence on the property for homeless women and their children. The students are able to connect the experiences in Bristow with their experiences here at school. Honors Spanish classes traveled to Bristow to help translate for those Spanish speakers who were registering for the B.E.A.C.O.N classes.
Each year, many of the Benedictine Sisters come to the school on or near the Feast of St. Gertrude, November 16, to celebrate the feast day with the students. The program begins with a prayer service, spiritual talks, and transitions into treats, music, and dancing.
The students enjoy the Sisters’ continuing presence at SGHS. The Sisters have made it their mission to have a continuing presence at Saint Gertrude since it was founded.