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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Ministry Center: Retreat House

All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.
-Rule of St. Benedict.


The Ministry Center is the guest/retreat house for Monastery of the Ascension. It is a modern, spacious facility completed in 1994. There are 16 rooms in two wings, each room with two twin beds and a complete bathroom. Each residential wing has a large, naturally lit lounge for reflection and reading. For larger retreats there is a large auditorium and spacious dining room that looks out to a shaded lawn and patio.

At Monastery of the Ascension, our main ministry or outreach to the community is to offer Benedictine hospitality. The community offers periodic retreats for the general public or for special needs. We also respond to requests for special retreats. We are ecumenically minded and welcome other church denominations and groups who wish to use the Center for their retreats and workshops. The Center is a favorite for youth and quilters' retreats for groups throughout Southern Idaho.

Individuals find the peace of the Monastery a very relaxing retreat from the stress of everyday life. We welcome individual requests for days of prayer and retreat. Guests are welcome to join us for our daily prayer and Eucharist and often eat with the monastic community. The monks are available for individual counseling and guidance. All scheduling of group and private retreats is done with the Guestmaster,

The suggested offerings for staying at the monastery are:

Single occupancy: $30.00 per night
Double occupancy: $25.00 per night
Breakfast $7.00
Lunch $8.00
Supper $10.00

For groups there is an additional facility fee of $8.00 per day per person
(not to exceed $150.00).

*please call or write for reservations: at (208) 324-2377 ext. 210.

Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) Programs:

May 29 to June 4, 2017 Geology of the Snake River Plain

June 12-18, 2017 Geology of the Snake River Plain

June 19-25, 2017 Benedictines; 530-1530

July 10-16, 2017 Dante’s Divine Comedy

July 24-30, 2017 England’s Medieval Monarchs and Mysteries Set in their Reigns

May 28–June 3, 2018 Geology of the Snake River Plain

June 11-17, 2018 Quilting

June 25 to July 1, 2018 Quilting

July 9-15, 2018 English Monarchs and Mysteries Set in their Reigns

July 23-29, 2018 Knitting

(For further information call Fr. Hugh Feiss, 208-761-9389)

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

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