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

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the store is closed til further notice.
However, Sr. Maureen can help by taking your special order. Please call her at 360.438.1771.


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


What’s New At the Priory Store – February 2020
By Sister Maureen O’Larey

I have always loved books. When I was in elementary school, my parents gave me a book for my birthday. Our school library had dozens of biographies of famous people. I’m sure that I read most of them. Today a real treat for me is to go to a bookstore and find a new treasure. We invite you to come and treat yourself to a treasure at the Priory Store.

The Priory Store has a wonderful collection of Bibles for sale. We have both large and giant print Bibles. We offer a favorite of mine, the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible, which has extensive notes, articles, and graphics. It also has prayer starters. The Great Adventure Bible is another great study Bible which “makes the complexity of reading the Bible simple…The color-coded tools make it easy to read and easy to remember.” The Catholic Prayer Bible: Lectio Divina Edition is “an ideal Bible for anyone who desires to reflect on the individual stories and chapters of just one, or even all, of the biblical books, while being led to prayer though meditation on that biblical passage.”

We stock books by the late Abbot Thomas Keating, Father Ronald Rolheiser, Sister Joyce Rupp, the late Father Henri Nouwen, and Father Richard Rohr. And we have books written by our Sisters Laura Swan and Lucy Wynkoop and by our Oblates Roy DeLeon, Christine Valters Paintner, and Kenneth Peterson.

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

by 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.