The Iggy Show

Quite in the genes, Iggy likes to have his own television network in the Internet.  So this is his first effort.

About Sr. Gertrude


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.

Sr Gertrude

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.


Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, Aug. 2011

Published in Studia Patristica LXX (2013) Vol 18: 591-600



Published by University Press of America, June 2010


     CONFERENCE 16?@

 Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 2007. Published in Studia Patristica (2011):


Published in Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, no.65

(Nov 2003):14-37



 >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



          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


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Family Attractions in San Francisco for Family Bonding

It will be several months before we see our son again.  He had made San Francisco his home since college. It took me sometime to understand what attracted him to this bustling city. In fact, after the initial cultural shock we complained.

 “I don’t understand. Why San Francisco? ” Shaking our heads in exasperation, we missed our turn again in the tight, busy, steep residential roads.

For one thing, there was not a single day where finding a parking spot became a stress trigger. But, I cannot deny the scenic places we accidentally ended up after the unforeseen one way roads that forced an unplanned visit to the local attraction.

On our last day, our son took us to his favorite place- a lake tucked hidden inside the city. He assured us that we will enjoy the experience.

We rented 2 boats for a family size of 7 people. 

We encountered turtles on a dead branch floating on the green-colored water. A mini waterfall on one side of the lake created a rythmic nature sound that reminded our nerves to relax. 

Numerous ducks followed our boat, accustomed to being fed by riders. A tunnel brought another visual dimension to the perfect setting for a family bonding adventure.

I looked at my 3 boys on their own boats entertaining themselves yet watching closely to where their Dad will maneuver his boat. I saw them laugh, argue, push each other, keeping an eye on our boat knowing that I will capture this moment in my android.

I grasped tightly at  the black strap of the life vest that our 10-year old wore as he ventured to balance himself on the boat. He jumped , he laid down and dipped his arms in the lake. He pointed to the turtle family sitting beside each other on a dead branch.

I pondered on how they stayed close together as they stared  back at human families. I could imagine one young turtle pointing at our youngest boy telling his Mommy Turtle, “Look at that boy, he is with his family.”

I zoned back and listened to the father-son talk between the young adult boy and the wise man beside him as they pedaled to move the boat forward while they  talked about our lessons learned in the ministry. 

My heart ached but was filled with gratitude to our Lord. Money cannot replace peace in family relationships.

Goodbye for now to our son until our Lord provides us the grace again to be together again. 

Let us remember to pray for families on the road this summer that each member will be grateful for the graces of laughter, appreciation and togetherness. May the Lord bring unity within. Amen.

Father’s Day at Our Lady of Mercy Enoch Alberta


We will be displaying the Cross of St. Benedict at our Lady of  Mercy at Enoch, Alberta.

The circumstances we met Fr. Les is amazing.  Last May, in Toronto airport, Father Les noticed the crucifix on Patrick’s chest.  He got drawn to it.  But, he did not want to disturb us since he saw that we are a family.

One day, our sister wanted to go to Alberta Beach.  We go lost along the way and we recognized  St. Anne Shrine Mission. So we turned there and decided just to check it out.

It turned out that Fr. Les is in that parish.  We talked to him.  We later found out that we have a common friend, Ms. Veronica.  Long story short, in our return trip to Edmonton, he invited us to his parish.