Long-term Programs

Join us for a monthly gathering of renewal to look deeper into your spiritual soul. You will be presented timeless tales and questions for reflection and will be given creative suggestions to strengthen connection to your spiritual self and to the wondrous, diverse world around you. Using poetry, meditation, journaling, and creative and expressive art, this shared time will honor your story and bring meaning to your joys and sorrows. For women of all ages who are seeking to discover the universal power of connection, community, and spirit.

For more information about this program, see the brochure.  If you would like to attend, please fill out this application.

How does the contemplative life–one of prayer and encountering God–shape one for wisdom and resiliency in the second half of life? Looking at wisdom and resiliency as markers for facing the beauty and pain of getting older, this course
addresses aspects of aging that require an “elegant kenosis” – letting go in the midst of embracing the life that God has given. Learning through awareness of God, others, and self lays the foundation for the spiritual practices.

Here you can find a brochure with more information and an application to the program.

“The first time I came to St. Placid Priory it felt like sacred space. I hungered for a renewal of my spirit, a time for prayer and reflection and closer union with my God. I was blessed with spiritual direction, praying with the Sisters and time to walk, reflect and just be. Wishing to continue my connection with the Priory I was happy to discover the Oasis Program. It has been an answer to my prayer. The contemplative environment provides all I hoped for and more. There is time for reflective sharing on a powerful book, Prayer of the Heart, time for spiritual direction, quiet prayer, time to walk and nourish my relationship with the Lord. I am so enriched by the wisdom of the Sisters, and the inspiration of the women of faith who participate with me. These times awaken deep longings within me to surrender more completely and become the one I am called to be. I look forward to each month, knowing that this a Sacred time for me.” —Zelie Dolan

At this time, Oasis is being offered as a Thursday programSee below for brochure and application.

Contemplative Time
Do you yearn for rest, prayer and nurturing in your busy schedule?

What would your life look like if you gave yourself two retreat opportunities and six quiet afternoons during the year?

Spiritual direction and Lectio Divina are available to aid your reflection, as is silence. If you desire less structure, that is also an option.


Sr. Laura Swan, OSB

Laura Swan, OSB

Master, Church Ministry & Renewal; Master of Theological Studies; Spiritual Director and writer


Sr. Lucy Wynkoop, OSB

Lucy Wynkoop, OSB

MA in Theology, concentration in Scripture; MA in Theology, concentration in Monastic Studies, Retreat and Spiritual Director


Sister Mary Giles with two wolfhounds

Mary Giles Mailhot, OSB

MA in Religious Studies; Retreat and Spiritual Director



Sister Therese Gonneville, OSB

Therese Gonneville, OSB

MA in Pastoral Theology; Retreat and Spiritual Director



Sister Monika Ellis, OSB

Monika Ellis, OSB

MA in Education; Hymn Writer; Retreat and Spiritual Director




Required reading:  Christine Valters Paintner’s Illuminating the Way –available through The Priory Store.




Monthly Format: The format will include contemplative quiet, spiritual direction, spiritual nourishment, small group prayer, liturgical prayer and dinner with the Sisters. Monthly quiet days October through May.

Retreats: October and March retreats. A spiritual director will work with you during retreat

Brochure:  Thursdays

Application for Thursday Full Program


Do you yearn for rest, prayer and nurturing in your busy pastoral schedule? Do you need help in making some time for yourself?

What would your life look like if you gave yourself four retreats per year with guided lectio divina and a full day of silent prayer, time to journal, time to be…?



Retreat Dates, 
Overnight or single day:

Monday at 2 pm – Tuesday 2:30 pm; or Tuesday 9:30am-3 pm
Retreat 1: October 23-24, 2017
Retreat 2: February 26-27, 2018 (date change from Jan. 22-23)
Retreat 3: April 16-17, 2018

Please see Brochure for more details and options; Application is 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 prioryprograms@stplacid.org 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 prioryprograms@stplacid.org

“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