It is very exciting to have Sr. Gertrude as our main speaker at the upcoming “Joyful Hope Family Event”. The following are her bio, talks, publications and addresses.
Sister Gertrude Gillette was born in 1953 and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from St. Benedict Academy in Still River, Massachusetts, and joined a new community of Sisters who taught her during High School. When this community became Benedictine in 1980, Sr. Gertrude was among the founding members. After further training in the Benedictine life at Stanbrook Abbey, England, she made her Solemn Profession at St. Scholastica Priory in 1984. The following year the community moved from Still River to Petersham, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Magdalen College (New Hampshire), and her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) from the Catholic University of America in Early Christian Studies/Patristics.
Sister then had the opportunity to spend 6 years in Europe, teaching in Gaming, Austria (1996-1999), and in Rome (1999-2002), serving as superior of the international house of studies for Benedictine women (Casa Santa Lioba), and helping to set up the Monastic Formators’ Program. She also attended classes in Rome and obtained an S.T.B. from the Angelicum. It was during her years in Rome that she received the impetus to make a new Benedictine foundation which she and Sr. Theresa Scheuren began in 2003. She is received a licentiate thesis for the Collegio Sant’Anselmo in the field of Monastic Studies, entitled “Anger in Community: A look at Ancient Monastic Texts.” This was published under the title of “The Four Faces of Anger” Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Augustine and Cassian.”
Besides her role as superior of the new foundation, Sr. Gertrude works on putting together a monastic liturgy for the house. She is also an Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University for over 8 years. She is currently working for the Charlotte Diocese in a variety of teaching roles.
Book review for: Candles in the Dark: The Authorized Biography of Fr. Richard
Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor, by Joseph Pearce.
Saint Benedict Press, Charlotte NC, 2013.
Published in StAR: Saint Austin Review, Vol. 13.6 Nov/Dec 2013: 40-41.
ANGER AND COMMUNITY IN THE RULE OF AUGUSTINE@
Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, Aug. 2011
Published in Studia Patristica LXX (2013) Vol 18: 591-600
FOUR FACES OF ANGER:
SENECA, EVAGRIUS PONTICUS, CASSIAN AND AUGUSTINE.
Published by University Press of America, June 2010
WHY ARE ANGER & FRIENDSHIP ALIGNED IN CASSIAN=S
Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,
Aug 2007. Published in Studia Patristica (2011):
SILENCE: HUMBLE HANDMAID OF PEACE@
Published in Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, no.65
AUGUSTINE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PERPETUA=S WORDS:
>And I was a man.=@ Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,
Aug 1999. Published in Augustinian Studies 32:1 (Jan 2001): 115-125
“PURITY OF HEART in St. Augustine”
In Purity of Heart in Early Ascetic and Monastic Literature,
Essays in Honor of Juana Raasch, O.S.B., edited by H. Luckman and
L.Kulzer, O.S.B., Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1999: 175-195
“THE GLORY OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING in St. Augustine’s
Enarrationes in psalmos“
Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1995
Published in Studia Patristica XXXIII (1997): 88-93; Transl. into Spanish in
Augustinus: San Augustín en Oxford (5.), Madrid, 1999
“RADEGUND’S MONASTERY AT POITIERS: The Rule and its Observance”
Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1991
Published in Studia Patristica XXV (1993): 381-387
More information is available at http://qopbenedictines.com/biography/