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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Father Norbert Novak, OSB

[IMAGE] Father Norbert Novak, OSB

I came here in 1997. I had joined Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1964. I studied theology at Mt. Angel Seminary, in Rome at Sant; Anselmo during the Second Vatican Council, and at St. Paul;s in Ottawa, Canada. For six years I taught theology at Mt. Angel Seminary; there followed a variety of pastoral assignments including parish work and chaplain to the Benedictine sisters in Yankton, SD. For almost twenty years I was a priest chaplain and a health care ethicist for the Providence Health System in Oregon. Personal health reasons led me back to the monastic environment where I share life and prayer and work with some monks whom I knew in Oregon and some new members here. My days are full with being the guestmaster of our ministry center, helping to arrange retreats and meeting spaces, meeting with retreatants, educational ventures to help Catholics appreciate our rich scriptural, moral and spirituality traditions and wisdom. I teach scripture and theology courses. I enjoy reading and being a vital part of a faith-community of Benedictine monks.

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

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