OASIS 2017-18

“The first time I came to St. Placid Priory it felt like sacred space. I hungered for a renewal of my spirit, a time for prayer and reflection and closer union with my God. I was blessed with spiritual direction, praying with the Sisters and time to walk, reflect and just be. Wishing to continue my connection with the Priory I was happy to discover the Oasis Program. It has been an answer to my prayer. The contemplative environment provides all I hoped for and more. There is time for reflective sharing on a powerful book, Prayer of the Heart, time for spiritual direction, quiet prayer, time to walk and nourish my relationship with the Lord. I am so enriched by the wisdom of the Sisters, and the inspiration of the women of faith who participate with me. These times awaken deep longings within me to surrender more completely and become the one I am called to be. I look forward to each month, knowing that this a Sacred time for me.” —Zelie Dolan

At this time, Oasis is being offered as a Thursday programSee below for brochure and application.

Contemplative Time
Do you yearn for rest, prayer and nurturing in your busy schedule?

What would your life look like if you gave yourself two retreat opportunities and six quiet afternoons during the year?

Spiritual direction and Lectio Divina are available to aid your reflection, as is silence. If you desire less structure, that is also an option.


Sr. Laura Swan, OSB

Laura Swan, OSB

Master, Church Ministry & Renewal; Master of Theological Studies; Spiritual Director and writer


Sr. Lucy Wynkoop, OSB

Lucy Wynkoop, OSB

MA in Theology, concentration in Scripture; MA in Theology, concentration in Monastic Studies, Retreat and Spiritual Director


Sister Mary Giles with two wolfhounds

Mary Giles Mailhot, OSB

MA in Religious Studies; Retreat and Spiritual Director



Sister Therese Gonneville, OSB

Therese Gonneville, OSB

MA in Pastoral Theology; Retreat and Spiritual Director



Sister Monika Ellis, OSB

Monika Ellis, OSB

MA in Education; Hymn Writer; Retreat and Spiritual Director




Required reading:  Christine Valters Paintner’s Illuminating the Way –available through The Priory Store.




Monthly Format: The format will include contemplative quiet, spiritual direction, spiritual nourishment, small group prayer, liturgical prayer and dinner with the Sisters. Monthly quiet days October through May.

Retreats: October and March retreats. A spiritual director will work with you during retreat

Brochure:  Thursdays

Application for Thursday Full Program