Archives: Timeline Express Announcements

2020 – Our Chaplain of 40 Years…

March 22 – Father Gerard Kirsch, our chaplain for 40 years died in his sleep.

2019 – Guest Sisters

May – Sister Donatha Gunda graduated from Saint Martin’s University. She departed for southern Oregon, where she began an internship.   August – Sister Deotila Takulyambwani, a Franciscan sister and medical doctor from Tanzania, arrived. She studied English…

2017 – Images of Peace —

May – We held our first annual Images of Peace art show with an opening night gala. Artists displayed their creations and Oblates assisted. Sister Donatha Gunda, OSB, of Tanzania arrived and will begin studies toward a M.B.A….

2011 – We Congratulate Sister Redemista Ngonyani!

August – Sister Redemista Ngonyani was awarded her Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Nairobi in Canon Law. She is only the 3rd woman canon lawyer in east Africa. We are proud of her accomplishments!

2002 – Remembering and Sharing

May 30 – Sister Placidia Haehn, our first prioress, left our earthly life. June 28 – We began celebrations honoring our 50 years of independence and 110 years of presence in the Pacific Northwest.   September – Sister…

2001 – One Book and Fourteen Oblations

Sister Laura Swan’s first book, The Forgotten Desert Mothers, was released by Paulist Press. Fourteen lay women made their Oblations, the movement is growing!

2000 – Our First Oblates

May – Virginia Marie Tennyson and Louise Honings made their oblations as our first Oblates.       In Fall – Our newsletter transitions into one that reflects the full monastic community and ministries, simply titled St. Placid…

1999 – Sharing Our Blessings

Benedictine Sisters Beatrice Kapinga and Redemista Ngonyani arrived from St. Agnes, Chipole, Tanzania to live with us and begin their studies at Saint Martin’s University.

1998 – Priory Knitters and Spinners & A Medieval Celebration

With the gift of an abundance of sheep’s fleece, Sister Monika Ellis established the Priory Knitters and Spinners. Women gathered for conversation while spinning wool, and knitting and crocheting beautiful things. Soon members branched into needle felting, creating…

1997 – New Priory Store & Newsletter

January 18 – The Priory Store opened. We had inherited the contents of Aleda Hoffman’s store (mother of Sister Angela), and Sister Monika’s father, Leonard Ellis (pictured in the photo), remodeled one of our parlors off the lobby…