May is the Month of Mary in the Catholic tradition. When this statue, given to us by Sr. Julian’s parents, was returned to us after being refurbished by Jerry, our volunteer, we decided to celebrate Mary, Queen of Peace, by crowning her. The crown was made of red azaleas from our grounds.
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Placid Priory continue to stay at home–like so many others in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic–to help stop this virus by doing our part.
Since we can’t have visitors or Mass at this time, each day we sit in silent prayer for all peoples in our world, most of whom have been affected in one way or another by the Covid19 virus. We pray for all the medical and many other personnel who bravely keep doing their jobs so that people may be healed and may have enough food and other necessities. We pray for the many who are at risk of losing their housing and their work.
We ask for God’s mercy on the sick and dying, and we pray for an end to this pandemic. Amen.
Fr. Gerard Kirsch of St. Martin’s Abbey, Lacey, was the chaplain for St. Placid Priory for more than 40 years. He was faithful, kind and generous. He had a prodigious memory for names and dates, including pertinent details about various members of St. Placid who had passed on years ago. Fr. G, as he was affectionately known by us and many others, was energetic as well as compassionate and prayerful. We will miss him greatly.
At this same ritual, Laura Tenisci became an Oblate candidate. Laura will journey with her Sister mentor, Sister Sharon McDonald, and her Oblate mentor, Roy DeLeon, through the coming year.
The Priory Fiber Arts booth will be loaded with irresistible gifts, all handmade or hand painted. Many other handcraft and art booths will also be featured at this huge event. Come early (early-bird entry is $5 from 8:15-9:00am), stuff goes fast!
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