On May 1, 2020, our community went out to the flower garden to honor Mary, whose month this is, with a ritual. A while back, Sr. Julian’s parents donated to us a statue of Mary which had been in their family for some time. Jerry Haupt, a friend of ours who volunteers here, refurbished it and set it up in our garden. Here’s a slideshow of what happened that day, with music titled “Rainbow” by composer Yakov Golman :

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, 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