Take a look at the new newsletter that was just published in February!  Learn about our upcoming art show with peace as its theme on May 19th, the fun evening shared with the Priory’s daily mass attendees, and find out about this year’s program offerings at The Spirituality Center.  Read about it here.

Listening with the Spirit 2017-2019 is a two-year formation/discernment process to become a spiritual director. A detailed, four-page Overview of Call with information about the two years is available, as is the Listening with the Spirit Brochure and an Application Form including the process to prepare for an interview beginning in March, 2017. Interview questions are also included in this PDF file.

We have a large number of people who have expressed interest in LWS.  It would help us to know if you are still considering participation in LWS 2017-2019.  Please email Sister Lucy Wynkoop at to let her know you are discerning a call to be a spiritual director and that you may wish to take part in LWS 2017-2019, a formation program for spiritual directors.

We plan to complete our interviews by August 1, 2017 and then we will send out acceptance confirmation on or before August 15, 2017.

If you have any further questions, please call Sister Lucy Wynkoop at 360-438-2595 or email her at

“Listening with Spirit  was an experience in deepening my capacity to listen and be present with another in their desire to encounter the holy.  Many people are longing to make the inward journey and to have that journey witnessed by another. The support and validation a spiritual companion provides can enliven and quicken the blossoming of the spirit in another. Jesus said it best, “When two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” What’s unique about Listening with Spirit is that the Benedictine tradition of hospitality provides the ground for holding the spiritual encounter. We learned to welcome, listen, discern and give voice to the still small voice within that longs to be heard both in ourselves and in the other. The program provided two years to become steeped in this holy receptivity and commissioned us to go forth and be that listening presence for those who are still seeking.” –Debra Janison, Spiritual Director

2016-santas-etcThe Priory Knitters & Spinners have been hard at work to produce knitted and felted figures and other items for the annual Olympia High School’s BearZaar.  BearZaar is a fundraiser for the Olympia High School Associated Student Body.

Admission is free; open at 9:00 am. Or if you’d like to go early and avoid the crowds, you may pay $5.00 to enter at 8:15 am.

Please come and support OHS and St. Placid Priory, home of the Priory Knitters & Spinners:

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Olympia High School
1302 North Street
Olympia WA

Directions to OHS:

From I-5 South:
Exit 103 – Deschutes Way
Right turn onto ‘E’ St. Left onto Capital Blvd 0.4 mi
Right onto Custer Way 0.1 mi
Straight onto North Street 0.7 mi
Left into first parking lot entrance

From 101:
Exit 103 – Tumwater/ 2nd Ave
Left onto Custer Way 0.4 mi
4-way intersection
Straight onto North Street 0.7 mi
Left into first parking lot entrance

From I-5 North:
Exit 103 – Tumwater/2nd Ave. (brewery)
Left onto Custer Way 0.4 mi
4-way intersection
Straight onto North Street 0.7 mi
Left into first parking lot entrance


On July 11, 2016, our Candidate Maureen Cleary made her first Monastic Profession at St. Placid Priory.  She took the name Julian for St. Julian of Norwich, and is now known among us as Sister Julian. We welcome her with joyful hearts!

Sister Julian Cleary, OSB
                         Sister Julian Cleary, OSB

Click the caption of this photo of Sister Julian to see a slideshow of her profession.



Human Trafficking is a Crime
Against Humanity
–Pope Francis, December 12, 2013

The website has available for viewing online the short film “I Am Miriam.” If you’ve wondered what human trafficking is about, watch this:

This website also contains more information about human trafficking and ways to help stop this modern-day slavery.