The Priory Store is located off the monastery lobby; we accept VISA and MasterCard.


Friday 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM


What’s New At the Priory Store – August 2019
By Sister Maureen O’Larey

As a child, I loved going to visit my grandmother. One of the reasons was that her home was filled with religious art. Throughout her small home she had pictures of Jesus and Mary. In a way it was like going to church, as her home felt like a sacred place.

As an adult I have come to really appreciate religious articles. In my bedroom and in my office here at the Priory, I have sacred art. I find it reminds me of who I am in relation to God and inspires me to lift my mind and heart to God.

Many years ago, I was in Germany and acquired a few bronze articles from artists there, including art from the Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach. Not long after that, we were delighted and excited when we found Colorado-based Creator Mundi, a distributor of these art pieces.

The Priory Store is once again stocking crosses and necklaces imported by Creator Mundi. These make meaningful gifts to mark milestones on the spiritual journey, including baptisms, First Communions, Confirmation and home blessings. They are also wonderful gifts for your home to inspire your own sacred journey. —Sister Maureen O’Larey


Come explore our unique assortment of religious books:

  • Bibles
  • Prayer Books and Missals
  • Books for the spiritual journey for adults and children

Need ideas for gifts for Religious Occasions?

  • Baptism/Christening
  • First Communion
  • Confirmation
  • Weddings
  • Profession of Vows
  • Ordination

Other religious items include:Cross

  • Rosaries, some handmade
  • Statues
  • Pendants
  • Patron saint medals
  • Bronze religious art from Germany
  • Greeting cards produced by other monasteries


Feastday / Birthday CalendarsFeastday calendar

Our friends Renata and Walter Siegl designed and produced for us a beautiful feastday/birthday calendar, using original papercut art by Renate Siegl. This perpetual calendar, used for keeping track of important birthdays and feastdays, is available for purchase ($12.00) at the Priory Store. All proceeds from the sale of this festive calendar go to support the Sisters and ministries of St. Placid Priory. Many thanks to Renata and Walter for this lovely and useful creation!




Praying with the BodyPraying with the Body

Roy DeLeon, a Benedictine Oblate of St. Placid Priory, has written a book about an embodied way to pray the Psalms.


Lectio DivinaLectio Divina

Our Sister Lucy Wynkoop and Oblate Christine Valters Paintner wrote a book called Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness, which was published in 2008.


The Benedictine TraditionBenedictine Tradition Cover
edited by Sister Laura Swan

While she was on sabbatical after two terms as prioress of our community, Sister Laura was asked to edit a book on our Benedictine tradition as part of a series by Liturgical Press (series editor, Phyllis Zagano).

Norvene Vest, a Benedictine oblate and author of several books, says “Sr. Laura Swan’s The Benedictine Tradition is a lovely resource of Benedictine riches for anyone who desires to go more deeply into the nature of the Benedictine life of the spirit. From a 1500-year tradition, she has lovingly selected fourteen figures or groups, each representing a significant quality of Benedictine life. Each chapter begins with a quotation from Benedict’s Rule giving a clue to the quality for which this Benedictine [person or group] is chosen. A very useful and helpful introduction to each figure follows, along with some lovely selections from each one’s writings. I found myself slowing down as I read, to be nourished at leisure by the profound words of these persons committed to the Benedictine way. Sr. Laura closes with a chapter quoting from Benedictine prioresses as they reflect in writing on the monastic tradition in light of the demands of contemporary society. Those reflections offer a mirror for the whole of Sr. Laura’s book, which serves as a meditiation on how to be “in but not of the world, as a witness and sign of the love of Christ.”


 Engaging Benedict

Engaging Benedict coverby Sister Laura Swan

Nearly fifteen centuries ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote a rule for Christians who wanted to live, work and pray together in community. With its core values of contemplation, hospitality and simplicity, the rule remains as useful and fresh today as it was when Benedict created it in Italy those many centuries ago.

But the Rule is not without its difficulties in contemporary practice. Sister Laura Swan looks at the Rule with a critical eye, seeking to unpack those parts that are problematic and to uncover gems that support the yearnings of todays seekers. She offers women and young people who find obstacles in the Rule some insights that resonate with their experience and yet are faithful to the challenge of the Rule. By wrestling with the Rule, and hence taking it seriously, Sister Laura offers readers guidance on many difficult and painful questions.


Desert Mothers coverSister Laura Swan’sThe Forgotten Desert Mothers

is available through The Priory Store. $19.00 includes sales tax, shipping and handling. Las Madres del Desierto, the Spanish language edition, is also now available, and the price of $17.00 includes tax, shipping and handling. To order, call Sister Maureen at 360-438-1771.

The Forgotten Desert Mothers is now out in Italian and Polish. Email Sister Maureen for price and availability. A Swedish translation of this book was published in 2007 by Argument, a Swedish publisher. Sister Laura’s book has also been translated into Chinese as of 2013.