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Compiled by Sister Mary Giles Mailhot, OSB
to be read at the Liturgy of the Hours
at St. Placid Priory  

Sister Inés Nieves Sancho was a 77 year old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic.

Her body was found early Monday, May 20, near the village of Nola, located in the southwest near the borders with Cameroon and the Republic of Congo.

“Ours is a country where 80 percent of its territory has been conquered by 14 warlords who have trampled it underfoot,” said one bishop in Central African Republic.

According to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, the Daughters of Jesus missionary sister had dedicated her life to teaching children, especially girls, to sew in order to learn a trade and make a better life for themselves.

Authorities believe the missionary was murdered…precisely in the room where she taught the children.

The reading on Sister Inés’ memorial is a poem by Carolyn Brigit Flynn:

Keep Walking
from Sisters Singing, Ed. C.B. Flynn
(edited slightly for this memorial)

It is a good road.
Its mean passages and dark turns
Are but a fleck in the great sky.
At night ten thousand galaxies
Send us their light.
Who knows who is praying for us
Beyond the bent window?
The ancient pebbles
Bleeding in our shoes
Are the stuff that keeps
The road held tight.
It is a good road.
Beauty too abundant to behold.
Tell the shattered one
Whose skin is bruised
Her life beams beyond her.
Everything
Is larger than we thought.

Closing Prayer
by Sister Laura Swan, OSB

Triune God,

You are the source of all life. Your resurrection power is all around us. May the martyrdom of Sister Inés allow the power of your resurrection to burst forth, that justice and healing come to the people of Central African Republic.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

In early April, eight young Catholic women spent a weekend at St. Placid Priory in more focused discernment of a religious vocation. Six Catholic Sisters from various orders facilitated the weekend, giving the young women information about what it’s like to be a religious and an opportunity to talk about how they are experiencing God’s call. There was also time to rest, walk, reflect, and listen for God’s voice. This is an annual Archdiocesan-sponsored retreat that usually takes place at St. Placid Priory, and will be scheduled again next year at around the same time.

Back Row: Sister Facilitators; Front & Middle Rows: Women in Discernment
Showing off the beautiful banners inspired by their discernment weekend at St. Placid

If you are interested in or discerning a monastic vocation, please contact Sr. Lucy at 360.438.2595 | lucywynkoop@gmail.com or Sister Julian at 360.438.1771 | jcleary@stplacid.org

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