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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Beginning with the September 2010 issue the Desert Chronicle will be available in digital form on the monastery website. If you would like to receive the Desert Chronicle in digital form and cancel your paper subscription, please E-mail Fr. Hugh and send him your email address..

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If you have questions about the life and activities of the Benedictine monks of Monastery of the Ascension, click to our Frequently Asked Questions page. The question and answer page also includes a map showing how to reach us from I-84. If you want to know about retreats, meetings and Road Scholar Programs in our Ministry Center during the next few months, click Ministry Center and Retreat House. Information about our oblates and their upcoming activities are available at Oblates. Finally, we include some information about our bookstore and library.



Retreat, February 2015

Bottom row: Post. John Wasco, Br. Selby, Fr. Norbert, Fr. Meinrad, Br. Tobiah Back rows: Fr. Hugh, Fr. Richard Walz (retreat master), Fr. Andrew, Post. Kevin Gaughen, Fr. Prior Kenneth, Fr. Ezekiel, Fr. Boniface, Post. John Ugolik, Fr. Eugene, Post. Richard Frasier, Fr. Jerome, Br. Sylvester.



Community Photo with Idaho State University Students on Retreat

Left to right standing: Fr. Eugene Esch, Fr. Ezekiel Lotz, Fr. Andrew Baumgarnter, Fr. Kenneth Hein, Br. Selby Coffman, Fr. Hugh Feiss, Seated: Fr. Norbert Novak

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

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