The Priory Store is located off the monastery lobby; we accept VISA and MasterCard.


Friday 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

We realize that sometimes families want a Rosary or a religious gift item mid-week. If that happens to you, please call Sister Sharon or Sister Therese at 360-438-1771 and we will open the store for you.




Have you ever wished to find the card that says exactly what you want to say but you could not put it into words? Well, then, you may want to pay a visit to our gift shop. We have some very lovely cards with a special touch and thought put into just the right words.

It may also be hard to find words of comfort or help when someone is journeying with a loved one at the end of life. We have a beautiful selection of books on death and dying. One of these can help you to cope with the process of letting a loved one go…and with the grief process after they have passed away.

The Prayer Bear, in various colors, makes a charming gift for little ones just learning to bring their hopes and cares to Jesus.

We have a new Spanish language corner too, for our friends who speak and read Spanish. ¡Dios los bendiga a todos!


Come explore our unique assortment of religious books:

  • Bibles
  • Prayer Books and Missals
  • Books for the spiritual journey for adults and children

Need ideas for gifts for Religious Occasions?

  • Baptism/Christening
  • First Communion
  • Confirmation
  • Weddings
  • Profession of Vows
  • Ordination

Other religious items include:Cross

  • Rosaries, some handmade
  • Statues
  • Pendants
  • Patron saint medals
  • Bronze religious art from Germany
  • Greeting cards produced by other monasteries

The Sisters' DVDOur DVD:
Ways of Being with St. Placid Priory

Thanks to the help, work and encouragement of our friends Colleen Jollie and Carol Burns, we now have a DVD which tells about the Sisters of St. Placid Priory and our ministries here at the monastery. A year of work and love went into the production of this DVD, and we are very grateful to Carol and Colleen. If you’d like to know more about St. Placid Priory and our life and ministries, this is a good place to begin. Come in and pick up a copy–the price is modest, just enough to cover costs.

Feastday / Birthday CalendarsFeastday calendar

Our friends Renata and Walter Siegl designed and produced for us a beautiful feastday/birthday calendar, using original papercut art by Renate Siegl. This perpetual calendar, used for keeping track of important birthdays and feastdays, is available for purchase ($12.00) at the Priory Store. All proceeds from the sale of this festive calendar go to support the Sisters and ministries of St. Placid Priory. Many thanks to Renata and Walter for this lovely and useful creation!




Praying with the BodyPraying with the Body

Roy DeLeon, a Benedictine Oblate of St. Placid Priory, has written a book about an embodied way to pray the Psalms.


Lectio DivinaLectio Divina

Our Sister Lucy Wynkoop and Oblate Christine Valters Paintner wrote a book called Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness, which was published in 2008.


The Benedictine TraditionBenedictine Tradition Cover
edited by Sister Laura Swan

While she was on sabbatical after two terms as prioress of our community, Sister Laura was asked to edit a book on our Benedictine tradition as part of a series by Liturgical Press (series editor, Phyllis Zagano).

Norvene Vest, a Benedictine oblate and author of several books, says “Sr. Laura Swan’s The Benedictine Tradition is a lovely resource of Benedictine riches for anyone who desires to go more deeply into the nature of the Benedictine life of the spirit. From a 1500-year tradition, she has lovingly selected fourteen figures or groups, each representing a significant quality of Benedictine life. Each chapter begins with a quotation from Benedict’s Rule giving a clue to the quality for which this Benedictine [person or group] is chosen. A very useful and helpful introduction to each figure follows, along with some lovely selections from each one’s writings. I found myself slowing down as I read, to be nourished at leisure by the profound words of these persons committed to the Benedictine way. Sr. Laura closes with a chapter quoting from Benedictine prioresses as they reflect in writing on the monastic tradition in light of the demands of contemporary society. Those reflections offer a mirror for the whole of Sr. Laura’s book, which serves as a meditiation on how to be “in but not of the world, as a witness and sign of the love of Christ.”


Engaging Benedict

Engaging Benedict coverby Sister Laura Swan

Nearly fifteen centuries ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote a rule for Christians who wanted to live, work and pray together in community. With its core values of contemplation, hospitality and simplicity, the rule remains as useful and fresh today as it was when Benedict created it in Italy those many centuries ago.

But the Rule is not without its difficulties in contemporary practice. Sister Laura Swan looks at the Rule with a critical eye, seeking to unpack those parts that are problematic and to uncover gems that support the yearnings of todays seekers. She offers women and young people who find obstacles in the Rule some insights that resonate with their experience and yet are faithful to the challenge of the Rule. By wrestling with the Rule, and hence taking it seriously, Sister Laura offers readers guidance on many difficult and painful questions.


Desert Mothers coverSister Laura Swan’sThe Forgotten Desert Mothers

is available through The Priory Store. $19.00 includes sales tax, shipping and handling. Las Madres del Desierto, the Spanish language edition, is also now available, and the price of $17.00 includes tax, shipping and handling. To order, call Sister Maureen at 360-438-1771.

The Forgotten Desert Mothers is now out in Italian and Polish. Email Sister Maureen for price and availability. A Swedish translation of this book was published in 2007 by Argument, a Swedish publisher. Sister Laura’s book has also been translated into Chinese as of 2013.