St. Placid Oblates started their new year of meetings September, 2018. This year we have five Oblate candidates. During the course of this year they will meet with their Sister mentor and their Oblate mentor as they study the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic life.

Asst. Oblate Director Camille Wooden, Candidates Katie Callahan, Andréa Jerabek and Donald Cairns with Prioress Sister Sharon McDonald

In October, Oblate Liz Langeland and Postulant (now Novice) Camille Wooden traveled to St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho, for a 5-day symposium entitled “Oblates for the Future.” Oblates from around the country (and even one from Belgium) came to talk about the history of Oblates, Oblate participation in monasteries and Oblate leadership, and to network and begin to form a vision for the future. It soon became clear we had many things in common, including the challenges facing Oblate communities and the commitment to living Benedictine values in the world–that is, outside the monastery.  It was a fruitful time, generating specific ideas to begin moving into the future as well as plans for a follow-up symposium in September, 2019. It is an exciting and challenging time to be an Oblate, and we anticipate moving forward together with the Sisters and Community of St. Placid Priory.



The Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Placid Priory in Lacey host the third annual Images of Peace Art Show and Sale. Friday May 3, 7:30 – 9:00 is the Gala to celebrate the artists, the art, and to enjoy wine, special snacks, and music. Saturday, May 4, 10:00 – 3:00 is free to the public. Our Vision Statement for this event is:

Images hold power to reveal, to remind, and to move people’s hearts. We at St. Placid Priory are aware that the world, always in need of more peace, already provides many places, peoples and situations that are at peace. Our vision for the art show is to bring forth images of this peace, revealing beauty and hope, and reminding us that there is peace right now in our world.

Proceeds are shared with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle, a collaboration of several Pacific Northwest religious communities.

Tickets:  $15 or 2 for $25 – Friday, May 3 – Gala, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Free Admission:  Saturday, May 4 – Casual Viewing, 10 AM to 3 PM

February Newsletter

St. Placid Priory’s February 2019 Newsletter is now on our website. Take a look to see what’s been happening with our community, to plan your next retreat or to browse through our programs and workshops offered the next few months.

There are also links in the main menu and in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Kitty and Roger Schiltz make regular trips to Tanzania to work especially with children. They’ve been doing this for several years and this year they shared their Christmas letter with us. Please take a moment to see what they’ve been up to this past year in Tanzania. The Christmas Letter is here.