The Monastery of the Ascension is a community of about a dozen Benedictine monks which has been in Southern Idaho since 1965. We live a life of prayer, work and reading accordng to the Rule of St. Benedict and try to serve the Catholic Church and the people of southern Idaho through various ministries which include parochial work, retreats, teaching and scholarship, ecumenical activities, counseling and spiritual direction, and social service.
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Fr. Andrew Baumgartner, OSB

[IMAGE] Fr. Andrew Baumgartner, OSB

I entered the monastery at Mt. Angel Abbey in 1954 and was ordained a priest in 1960. Meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and professions have enriched my life. I have many interests ranging from music and mathematics to sports and wilderness experience. Over the years of my monastic life I have had opportunity to explore these and many other interests. I appreciate the balance of prayer, work and leisure that life in this monastery provides. I am the business manager, and I served many years as business manager of the moanstery and director of our liturgical music. At times I give parish missions and talks to groups using our guest facilities. I work in the Cursillo Movement in southern Idaho. By helping with dishes, cleaning and meeting visitors I feel I have the opportunity to make a real contribution to our community and its works. Recently I have been working in the Kairos Prison Ministry

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The Monastery of the Ascension
541 East-100 South
Jerome, ID 83338

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