Fr. Gerard Kirsch, OSB — 3/25/1943 – 3/22/2020

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.

Sister Anna-Camille Wooden made First Profession of her Monastic Promise on January 15, 2020, the Feast of St. Placid, in our chapel at Evening Praise. She read her promise document in the presence of God and the Benedictine Sisters of St. Placid Priory, and signed the document she had written in her own hand on the altar. All the Sisters supported her in singing the Suscipe; this was followed by the sign of peace.

Prioress Sharon McDonald asks, “What do you seek?” and Sister Anna-Camille responds


Sister Sharon watches as Sister Anna-Camille signs her Monastic Promise.


Sister Anna-Camille sings the Suscipe, “Uphold me, O God, as you have promised, and I shall live; and do not disappoint me in my hope…”


Sisters chant the Suscipe with Sister Anna-Camille


Sisters on Side 2 join Sister Anna-Camille in chanting the Suscipe


A happy Sister Anna-Camille with her candle


Sister Anna-Camille is joined by her friends and former teaching colleagues on this special day


After the ritual in chapel, we retired to the dining room for some fun and some wacky gifts. “Snowballs” and flamingos figured prominently


On September 8, 2019, Jessika Satori made her oblation in a ritual at Evening Praise in the presence of the community. She is now an Oblate of St. Benedict at St. Placid Priory.

Novice Camille Wooden, Oblate Co-Director, with Oblate Jessika Satori and Prioress Sister Sharon McDonald

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.

Laura Tenisci receives the Rule of St. Benedict from Sister Sharon McDonald, Prioress.

Oblate Roy DeLeon will journey with Oblate Candidate Laura Tenisci as her Oblate mentor.

Don’t miss the big annual holiday BEARzaar at Olympia High School on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

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!

Olympia High School, 1302 North Street SE, Olympia

He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. -Psalm 104:19

Recently one of our members spent some time outside with a camera, capturing the Fall beauty on the grounds of St. Placid. We hope you enjoy the gorgeous colors of the changing season.

Click to see the photos.