Our Benedictine Authors

Benedictines have a long history of study, writing, and publishing.  At our monastery, Sister Laura Swan was the first to publish a book, followed by Sister Lucy Wynkoop, who co-authored a book on Lectio Divina.

The following books by Sister Laura Swan, The Forgotten Desert Mothers and The Wisdom of the Beguines, are available at The Priory Store. Sister Laura wanted to study early Christian women, especially hermits in the desert tradition, but found only scattered information. Someone told her that since she was doing the research she should write the book. So she did. Another topic that intrigued Sister Laura was the Beguines of Medieval times–and so, another book.

Between writing these two books, Sister Laura kept busy by compiling a bibliography called The History of North American Benedictine Women, a much needed research and reference bibliography for those interested in Benedictine women’s history in North America. She also wrote Engaging Benedict: What the Rule Can Teach Us Today, and edited The Benedictine Tradition (Spirituality in History).



Sister Lucy Wynkoop and Christine Valters Paintner together wrote Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness, also available at The Priory Store. Christine is an American poet and writer living in Galway, Ireland. She is the author of twelve books of nonfiction on creative process and contemplative practice, and her poems have been published in a number of journals and reviews. Sister Lucy is a Benedictine Sister of St. Placid Priory who has many years experience of praying Lectio Divina as well as teaching, leading retreats and journeying with others as a spiritual director.


And so our community carries on the long tradition of scholarship and writing that is part of the Benedictine heritage.

To contact Sister Maureen O’Larey, email her anytime at thepriorystore@stplacid.org or call her at 360.438.1771. Sister Maureen can tell you what we have in stock, and she can also special order books for you.